EIU graduates

Eastern Illinois University has announced the list of graduates from the fall semester.

Arcola: Michael I. Bradley, Sergio A. Medina.

Arthur: Brian A. Holt.

Atwood: Shelby E. Helfrich.

Camargo: Lindsay B. Hudson.

Catlin: Jacqueline N. Anderson, Joseph E. Morger.

Cerro Gordo: Kelly A. Martina.

Whatever happened to: Danville's tin man and Indian statues

DANVILLE — If you lived in Danville any time after 1950, you likely recall the American Indian statue towering above Herb Drews' heating and cooling business on the city's north side.

Illinois Ancestors: Column reaches milestone

It doesn't seem possible that this month begins the 18th year of this "Illinois Ancestors" genealogy column. The saying, "Time flies when you're having fun," couldn't be more appropriate!

Top of the morning, Feb. 4, 2015

His wife and kids were there. So were his mom and dad. His biological mother and half-sisters, too. And don't forget all his high school buddies from Champaign Central High School.

Good thing last weekend's Parkland Hall of Fame ceremony played out in a big gym. To honor the late Zach McNabney, the Champaign community college needed every inch of space.

Dear HGTV: Don't forget the little people

HGTV is an old friend.

The network of home makeovers and remodeling shows debuted in 1994, and I’ve been a faithful fan ever since.

I’ve daydreamed about which show I’d apply for and mentally drafted many a heart-tugging letter to the producers.

Whatever happened to: Mr. Blue Hands Man

CHAMPAIGN — The man in charge of Champaign County's Toys for Tots program was shopping for children's gifts one day in December when a stranger stopped him in the aisle with that familiar "Aren't you ..." look.

A decade later, Ceasar Perez still can't go anywhere around town without someone giving "Mr. Blue Hands Man" the star treatment.

Area history, Feb. 3, 2015

Today is Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Spotlight on Service, Feb. 3, 2015

A weekly look at area do-gooders. This week: Greater Champaign County AMBUCS

About the club

President: Keith Jamieson

Origin: Part of a national organization founded in 1922, GCC AMBUCS was chartered in 1981. Originally called the American Business Club, the acronym AMBUCS was adopted in 1961.

Top of the Morning Feb. 2, 2015: From the archives

I realize that on Feb. 2, it is unreasonable to want spring to be here.

And yet, there's that whole groundhog thing, so today it's on my mind. Not that I care to trust meteorology to a rodent, but how many more weeks of winter are we looking at?

I have very little to complain about in my life, but I find that I like winter less with each passing year.