Top of the morning, April 14, 2016

With Ebertfest underway, an update on the next big thing to hit C-U: The April 28-30 Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon.

UPDATED: McIntosh resigns District 3 council seat

CHAMPAIGN – For the second time in recent weeks, a Champaign City Council member has resigned.

Vic McIntosh, who represents District 3, announced Wednesday that he is resigning his seat effective June 1 because he is moving out of the district.

 “It has been my honor and privilege serving the constituents in District 3 and across Champaign,” reports McIntosh. 

2016 Ebertfest coverage roundup

Here's your one-stop shop for our coverage of the 18th Roger Ebert Film Festival.

2016 Ebertfest schedule

Younger Generation: Celebrating achievements of young adults in East Central Illinois

Unit 4 students make cut

CHAMPAIGN — One Central and two Centennial High School students have been named finalists for the National Merit Scholarship Program: Summer Choi, Philip Kocheril and Cole Prescott.

All three students were named as semifinalists this past fall alongside over 16,000 other high schoolers from across the U.S.

Neighbors: Recognizing accomplishments throughout our communities

Monticello honors pair

MONTICELLO — The two men who pulled a youth out of a burning truck two weeks ago were given citizen life saving awards at this week's Monticello city council meeting.

Meg Makes: Let grocery store do heavy lifting sometimes

Rotisserie chicken can be a saving grace in my busy household, especially because many marital disagreements are disarmed when my husband asks kindly, "Are you hungry?"

I don't feel guilty about letting the supermarket cook our dinner every once in a while.

Area history, April 13, 2016

Today is Wednesday, April 13, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1916: Aeroplane flights by C.H. SinClair, a former University of Illinois student, will be a feature of this year's interscholastic program. He will make several flights of 10 to 20 minutes over the university district, riding from the university parade grounds.

That's Entertainment: Spotlighting events around the area

Music scene

Redd Volkaert, a guitarist who performed twice at Ellnora: The Guitar Festival at Krannert Center, will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Homer Opera House in Homer.

Teacher of the week: Glenda Marks

Meet Glenda Marks, a junior high science teacher at Arthur Grade School. Marks started out working in respiratory therapy at a local hospital before she began teaching mostly high school level classes in the Kansas school district 26 years ago. She says she found her area of expertise when she started teaching junior high in Arthur. "I really like junior high students," she said.

My Amish Home: It's sunny, so I'll pretend it's also warm

"Honor thy father and thy mother, that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee. Thou shalt not kill. Thou shalt not commit adultery. Thou shalt not steal. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.