What's in a name? Tolono

In his 1979 book "Tolono Topics," Marion Moore told of how the town south of Savoy in Champaign County got its name.

One story stems from a conversation between two early settlers. One asked if the land here was "too low." The other answered "no." From that came "Tolono."

Go figure: March 25, 2016

A numerical look at local headlines


What do Pope Francis, Bono, John Legend and 1996 University of Illinois grad Reshma Saujani have in common?

All appear on a wide-ranging new list from the folks at Fortune Magazine — the 50 greatest leaders in the world.

Area history, March 25, 2016

Today is Friday, March 25, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Top of the morning, March 25, 2016

Illinois baseball hosts Penn State in its home opener at 6 p.m. today. Saturday's game, scheduled for 3 p.m., will be televised by BTN. It is the first of three BTN telecasts for the Illini this season (April 29 vs. Minnesota, May 21 vs. Michigan).

Waltz this way

David Bowie said it best in "Let's Dance":

While color lights up your face, Let's Sway, sway through the crowd to an empty space.

Even if you felt like ballet as a kid was a flop, or you could never master the latest moves, there are several places in the area that offer adult classes.

100 years into life, he keeps moving

FITHIAN — Tom Harrold is slowing down just a bit as he closes out his first century on this Earth.

He only rides his bicycle two to three miles a day now.

Harrold, who turns 100 today, credits keeping busy — and his daily whiskey sour — for his longevity.

"I think it's important to keep moving," he said.

Area history, March 24, 2016

Today is Thursday, March 24, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Frank's Faves: Setting aside tradition

What do dyed eggs and chocolate rabbits have to do with a church holiday celebrating resurrection?

You got me. And yet somehow, we can't seem to have Easter without them.

Just 1 question: How are principals spending spring break?

This being spring break for many area schools, staff writer Nicole Lafond asked area principals: How are you spending your week off?

Notes-Worthy: Joe Funderburk

C.U. Bands and Fans' Terry Brown chats with musician/drummer Joe Funderburk:

You have been playing music and involved in the music scene for years. Where did you begin to play live in C-U?