Residents nominated for admission to military academies

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Springfield, announced their nominations of area students for admittance to the U.S. military academies.

Among those nominated are students from Champaign, Danville, St. Joseph, Savoy, Bement and White Heath.

Class of the Week

Each Wednesday, we'll give readers a small sneak peek inside some dynamic classrooms in local school districts. Today ...

A glimpse inside Mahomet-Seymour High School teacher Nic DiFilippo's Digital Multimedia Class, an elective course that gives students the chance to learn the ins and outs of the film and broadcast news industry.

Meg Makes: Pockets of warmth on cold winter nights

This delicious dinner is perfect for a chilly winter's night. Chicken pockets are a simple enough concept — they're like a chicken sandwich with the bread baked around them. But they come out of the oven steaming and delicious, and could even be portable if you have an evening activity.

Younger Generation: Celebrating the achievements of young adults


Grace Khachaturian, 17, of Champaign was a distinguished finalist for the state of Illinois in Prudential's Spirit of Community Awards.

Area history, Feb. 18, 2015

Today is Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Neighbors: Recognizing accomplishments in our communities

Dean's lists

John William Tabb of Champaign was named to the president's list at Clemson University for the fall 2014 semester. Tabb is majoring in economics.

Samuel Gilly, a sport management major from St. Joseph, was named to the Trine University president's list for the fall 2014 semester.

My Amish Home: Weather brings out the best and worst

"Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding." Proverbs 9:9-10

Top of the morning, Feb. 18, 2015

On Wednesdays, we spotlight area kids doing good things in Younger Generation.

'A beautiful gesture'

Shelby Rowan has had a rough life. No two ways about it.

He lived with his mom in a homeless shelter, on and off, for the first 14 years of his life.

His dad wasn’t in the picture. One brother died at birth. Another spent time in jail.

Elmore to lead Small Business Development Center

CHAMPAIGN — Don Elmore has been named director of the Illinois Small Business Development Center, effective March 2.

Elmore, the co-owner of Jane Addams Book Shop in downtown Champaign, has held marketing and product management roles with several local companies, many of them technology-based. He also has been active in several civic organizations.