Service Club of the Week: Twin Cities Knights of Columbus Council 891

This week's Service Club of the Week: Twin Cities Knights of Columbus Council 891

About the club

Grand Knight: David Grace.

Origin: Founded Aug. 7, 1904.

Jim Dey: Six-year-old routinely putting others in check

With his orange tennis shoes and blue-jean jacket, 6-year-old Daniel Zhang looks about like any other kid running around Lincoln Square in Urbana.

But put him behind a chess board, and a different Daniel emerges — a clear-eyed visionary who sees the big picture and isn't afraid to let older, more experienced opponents know that their number soon will be up.

Urbana detectives turn to state crime lab for leads in 1988 stabbing

URBANA — New technology could help crack open one of Champaign-Urbana's most notorious cold cases, two detectives believe.

Urbana Police Sgt. Matt Rivers said Monday he's "optimistic" that better DNA and blood techniques could help identify a suspect in the 1988 stabbing death of University of Illinois veterinary student Maria Caleel, 21.

Area history, May 2, 2016

In 1916, the formal opening of the 1916 season of the Champaign Country Club was set for May 25 and a committee made up of the board of directors would be in charge of affairs. The directors were George Huff, L.F. Tiley, Emerson Spence, George Ramey, Dr. W.L. Gray, Herman Lewis, W.F. Hunt, John A. Glover, Gary Baker and Paul Busey.

G-RF grad killed in Afghanistan in '09 to be honored on Illinois 1

GEORGETOWN — Army Sgt. Kenneth Nichols Jr. always wanted a lot of kids.

The 28-year-old Georgetown-Ridge Farm graduate had four young children when he started his first tour in Afghanistan in 2009. Another 10 and the fun-loving, hard-working "Bub," as Nichols was known to friends, would have had the family he always wanted, his stepmother says.

Reluctant Townie: Summer movie preview, then and now

Summer movie season is my favorite time of year. Or, at least it used to be before every summer movie was the same four-quadrant TV dinner of predictable weightless CGI cityscape destruction.

Top of the morning, May 1, 2016

Bill Ziegler retired from farming in 2014.

Yeah, right.

"He hung it up officially but he's out there more than ever," his wife, Virginia, said. "You can't take the farm out of the boy."

You can find 79-year-old Bill in the fields at 5:30 a.m. most days. Last week, he helped son Scott and grandson Jake finish planting corn on the family's 234-acre farm north of Urbana.

'A special dance'

As do many in her hometown of Westville, Joyce Miller remembers the May Fete tradition at the high school.

Before graduating in 1968, she and other girls at the school helped stage the dance and music event that started in 1923 to welcome spring and to pay tribute to the senior girls.

Ruth Siburt: Author tackles tough topic with humor

I don't know another author who addresses current issues with as much good sense and wry humor as Richard Peck.

In children's publishing, the hot topic is diversity. Some of the diverse elements authors are exploring are the variances in human sexuality and in abilities. Those are not easy topics.

Studio Visit: Pat Mayer

Pat Mayer, 58, of Urbana is a self-employed graphic artist and owner of Mayer Design. She recently created banners of seven saints for the newly remodeled St. Patrick's Church in Urbana.

Did you paint the figures of the saints?

I painted the faces and all of the fabric in Photoshop, It's kind of a community project.