Notes-Worthy: 'Debitcard Darrell' Heisey

C.U. Bands and Fans' Terry Brown chats with 'Debitcard Darrell' Heisey, lead singer of Birds on a Wire:

How did Birds on a Wire come about?

Area update: Fundraiser to help family after fatal crash

TOLONO — Less than a month after a Coles County accident that took the lives of Arcola teenager Christopher D. West and his father, Paxton resident Christopher L. West, the community will rally around their family.

Lineman recovering from 8,000-volt New Year's Eve burns

RANTOUL — Marvin Scherbring hadn't been back to the site where an electrical accident on New Year's Eve Day nearly took his life.

He'd driven by, but had never gotten close to the electrical transclosure, where the line foreman for the village of Rantoul sustained serious burns when he was hit with nearly 8,000 volts.

Vermilion balloon event features a first for pilot

DANVILLE — Tony Sandlin has been piloting hot air balloons for 14 years.

But flying at the inaugural Balloons Over Vermilion will mark a first for him.

Sandlin will be taking a rider, who's wheelchair-bound, on a hot air balloon flight.

'Bat Boy' opening at Station

URBANA — In 1992, the Weekly World News tabloid told the story about a half-boy, half-bat, "Bat Boy," who grew up in a cave. The story inspired "Bat Boy: The Musical."

Developed at the Directors Company, it premiered at Tim Robbins' Actors Gang Theatre in 1997 and then moved to off-Broadway in 2001. Just four years later, the Parkland College Theatre presented "Bat Boy: The Musical."

Monticello couple will chair fundraiser

CHICAGO — Liz and Tony Galbo of Monticello will be the honorary chairs of this year's Sepsis Challenge Illinois Run and Walk on July 30 in south suburban Orland Park.

The Galbos' daughter, Gabriella, passed away four years ago from septic shock, brought on by Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, which had gone undiagnosed until it was too late.

After delays, scandal, fraternity to break ground

CHAMPAIGN — Three years after Lambda Chi Alpha alums started working on plans to replace a beloved but worn-out chapter house at the University of Illinois, the project is moving forward.

Strong showing at Rantoul rally

RANTOUL — In a respectful, peaceful demonstration, 35 to 40 people walked in favor of the Black Lives Matter movement Wednesday.

Chanting "No justice, no peace, no racist police" and on occasion singing "This Little Light of Mine," the protestors walked in a square across Century Boulevard and Champaign Avenue.

Numerous motorists honked their approval.

Joan Griffis/Illinois Ancestors: Rootstech 2016 videos are inspirational

The tremendously successful genealogical conference called Rootstech 2016 was attended by thousands of genealogists from around the world and all 50 states. Fortunately, videos of the motivating presentations are available for anyone to enjoy. A word of warning, however: be prepared to spend lots of time — probably hours. Each speaker has so much to share with his/her audience.

Meg Makes: Egg salad a cool entree for a hot day

This summer, I'm training for a marathon, which means I'm constantly hungry.

In my quest for healthy, filling meals, I've started eating more eggs. They're full of protein, easy to cook and inexpensive.

This egg salad is a wonderful way to use them, and as a bonus, is a cool entree for a hot day.

It's originally from Gooseberry Patch's "Homestyle in a Hurry" cookbook.