Meg Makes: Cupcakes make best of lemon-blueberry pairing

My baking friends and I love to get together with a mission in mind.

So when Cassandra Schowengerdt came home from a Michigan vacation with 10 pounds of blueberries, we were ready to try something new.

We wanted to combine the blueberries with something lemon-flavored and from there, decided to take up the challenge of making our own lemon curd.

A lot to be proud about

CHAMPAIGN — When the Supreme Court voted to legalize same-sex marriage for all earlier this summer, it not only left a mark on American history. It also revolutionized the vibe of Pride celebrations for years to come.

Area history, Aug. 26, 2015

Today is Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago.

Joan Griffis: Centenarian writes her own obituary

Dorothy McElhaney was 104 years old when her obituary appeared in the Richmond Times-Dispatch earlier this month, and it begins, "It pains me to admit it, but apparently, I have passed away." The details of her life include all the essentials of an obituary (date and place of birth, parents, siblings, etc.) but provide fascinating details not usually found (e.g., blue ribbons for her cookies at

Top of the morning, Aug. 26, 2015

At this week's Half Century of Progress show in Rantoul (preview), keep an eye out for ...

... a really old tractor.

Younger Generation: Celebrating the achievements of young adults in East Central Illinois

Broadcast news

The NFHS Network, the nation's leading high school sports media company, announced its list of Select and Elite high school broadcast programs.

Illinois was well-represented on both lists as nine of 37 Elite Schools were IHSA member high schools, and 14 more were on the Select list.

Area history, Aug. 25, 2015

In 1915: The Champaign City Council reversed itself last night and voted to purchase an aerial fire truck. Earlier the council had said it wouldn't purchased an aerial truck for at least two years. Bids on the truck will be taken in two weeks.

Just 1 Question: Top priority for Unit 4?

With the Champaign school board set to renew facility discussions, we asked community stakeholders: What should be priority No. 1?

Top of the morning, Aug. 25, 2015

Favorable weather and a national act led to a record-setting turnout at last weekend's Taste of C-U.

Champaign Park District executive director Joe Deluce said tickets sales were at $108,000 for Saturday, which was capped off by the Gin Blossoms' concert at West Side Park. The previous Saturday high was $105,000 in 2004.

Spotlight on Service, Aug. 25, 2015

This week: Rotary Club of Gibson City

About the club

President: Tom Davis

Origin: The club was chartered on June 16, 1964.

Meets: Noon on the first three Wednesdays of the month and at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday at Railside Golf Club, 120 W. 19th Street.