Meg Makes: Doing some pickling? Don't miss a beet

My mom recently sent me home with a bag full of beautiful young beets and I knew I wanted to pickle them.

My mom is an experienced canner, but I'm not yet. So when I'm in my kitchen, I'm a fan of small batches of homemade pickles. I store them in well-sealed glass containers in my fridge.

Area history, July 8, 2015

Today is Wednesday, July 8, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1915: A serious street cave-in was reported last night at the southwest corner of White and Elm streets because of the excessive rains. A light was placed at the hole this morning, and the street superintendent was notified.

My Amish Home: Escaping the rain with a trip to N.Y.

"And be not drunk with wine wherein is excess; but be filled with the spirit, speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." Ephesians 5:18-20

Top of the morning, July 8, 2015

I hope you've had a chance to visit and watch the video John Dixon produced last weekend. "Patriotic Flight" featured pilot David Frasca guiding his family's World War II FM-2 Wildcat fighter plane over the Champaign County Freedom Celebration.

Spotlight on Service, July 7, 2015

A look at area do-gooders. This week: Rantoul Rotary Club

About the club

President: Roxanne Johnston

Origin: Founded in 1937, sponsored by the Champaign Rotary Club

Meets: Tuesday mornings at 7 at St. Malachy School in Rantoul

On tap: A new Rotary year gets under way with a new club board taking office.

Mahomet native finds success in crystal ball

NASHVILLE — Last April, Mahomet native Kate Brown — along with her husband, two toddlers and two puppies — sold her home in Champaign, quit her job and moved to Nashville.

"We didn't have any jobs worked out or anything. We just came down here on a prayer," she said.

Family Life: Making the most of our time together on the road

By Chelsey Byers

How do you and your family spend time in the car? Does it matter whether you are driving across town or driving somewhere for a vacation or weekend road trip? Should it?

Americans spend a lot of time in the car. Looking at national statistics it is a little shocking at first. On average a person spends:

Area history, July 7, 2015

Today is Tuesday, July 7, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Fair season underway across the state

From Fisher (starts tonight) to Farmer City (July 21) and 62 other sites statewide, July means fair season across Illinois. A quick look at what's happening around the area:

Reopening Thursday

Got any questions about businesses - past and present? Historian Tom Kacich has your answer. Reach him here