My Amish Home: Rays of sunshine on a cloudy day

"I create the fruit of the lips; peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, saith the Lord, and I will heal him. But the wicked are like the troubled sea when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked." Isaiah 57:19-21

Teacher of the week: Lauren Bowman

On Wednesdays, we'll spotlight a difference-making area educator. To nominate a teacher, tweet to education reporter @Nicole_Lafond with the hashtag #TeacherOfTheWeek.

This week...

Area history, Feb. 10, 2016

Today is Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Schools foundation names heroes to be honored at gala

CHAMPAIGN — Two Harvard alumni, a Los Angeles-based producer, a co-founder of Crimestoppers and a Champaign businessman will be honored as distinguished alumni at the 2016 Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation recognition gala on April 2.

Even Ashton Kutcher's a fan

MAHOMET — When the Mahomet-Seymour dance team's seniors told their coach they wanted to perform to spoken word instead of music, Margaret Miller was hesitant — to say the least.

"I agreed with the girls, that it would be really cool," the third-year coach said of the twist on the competition routine. "But I also knew it would be really difficult and a big challenge."

Top of the morning, Feb. 10, 2016

With kids who are 25, 23 and 21 and spread across the Midwest, it's tricky for Jayne and Lyle WachteL to get the family together.

Except, of course, when Mom and Dad call with free Super Bowl tickets.

"It worked out just fine," Lyle said. "It was hard to pass up."

Champaign library search starts again

CHAMPAIGN — After a six-month search for a new director, the Champaign Public Library board has decided to expand its search to include more candidates.

How they stack up

Spotlight on Service, Feb. 9, 2016

A look at area do-gooders. This week: Watseka Elks Lodge 1791

About the club

Exalted Ruler: Scott Kingdon

Origin: The lodge was granted its charter from the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks in 1950 and currently has around 250 members.

Vermilion County considers emergency support team

DANVILLE — In more than 20 years in the Vermilion County coroner's office, Peggy Johnson has handled many suicide