Creative couple making use of different talents

URBANA — Jim Lorr was living and working in New York when, on a weekend off, he wandered into a Jin Sho Do acupressure class.

"It was completely random," he said.

But fate has its way.

The random action led to Lorr studying acupressure — and taking a class in which he met Laura Gillen, the woman he would marry.

Letter from Birdland: Summer bounty makes for quite an ap-peeling life

In Birdland we could use some rain. This summer we haven't had the devastating heat, and the big load of rain we got earlier carried us far into the season.

The grass is still green, but that doesn't mean a little shower wouldn't be welcome.

Weaving a good mystery

I love a good mystery, and I read all types in the genre. Police procedural, suspense and international mysteries are all exciting, but nothing compares to the quirkiness and fun of a cozy mystery. The characters often have odd jobs, friends or both — all while trying to solve a hometown murder.

Special event celebrates 'Red' Grange, the Virginia Theatre

CHAMPAIGN — It's "the team from Ann Arbor," Illini head football coach Tim Beckman said. Michigan is a bad word.

Acting director named for Danville VA facility

DANVILLE — The associate director of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg, W.Va., has been named the acting director of the VA Illiana Health Care System in Danville.

Timothy J. Cooke took over his new post on Monday.

Wounded veteran from Oakwood to play in softball fundraiser

DANVILLE — A Vermilion County native will take the Danville Stadium field as a member of the visiting team during the 10th annual Finest vs. Bravest softball charity event on Saturday.

My Amish Home: A fun little ride while Sparky's 'tires' changed

"Jesus said unto him, It is written again; Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. Then said Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: For it is written, thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve." Matthew 4:7, 10

Author sets book signing

Michael Kleen, author of "Tales of Coles County, Illinois," will sell and sign copies of his book from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Bidwell's Cafe in Mattoon and from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Jackson Ave. Coffee in Charleston.

The events will include a reading, as well as a question-and-answer session. The 10th anniversary edition of the book was released earlier this month.

Illinois Ancestors: O'Sullivan family traced to Irish royals

Any early history of a family is intertwined with the history of the area where that family lived. The O'Sullivans are considered one of the oldest documented royal families on record, and William Randolph McCreight's research provides details of early history of Ireland and that family.

Legion Riders help with woman's efforts to make vets' blankets

MANSFIELD — Shirley Godbee is keeping local veterans warm, one blanket at a time.

Godbee, a lifelong resident of Mansfield, started sewing fleece blankets for vets at the VA Illiana Health Care System in Danville two years ago. Since that time, she has made 87 blankets to date.

"I love to sew. God has given me the gift to sew and I enjoy it," Godbee said.