Bermingham named Athena Young Professional

CHAMPAIGN — Kathryn J. Bermingham has been selected as the 2015 recipient of the Athena Young Professional Award and will receive it at a luncheon today.

The award is given annually to an emerging leader between the ages of 25 and 35 who serves as a role model or mentor for other women.

Seventh-grader steppes up at Piatt spelling bee

CERRO GORDO — Bement Middle School seventh-grader Braden Fogerson outlasted 24 other spellers Wednesday to win the Piatt County Spelling Bee at Cerro Gordo Middle School.

Fogerson and runner-up Thomas Swartz, a DeLand-Weldon fifth-grader, advanced to next month's regional bee in Decatur and a chance to qualify for May's Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

Notes-Worthy: Rod Sickler

By Terry Brown

C.U. Bands and Fans' Terry Brown talks with Rod Sickler, owner and founder of Rod Sickler's Salon and Spa and also the force behind Red Hot Winter, an annual fundraising show. The event is Feb. 26-28 at Jupiter's at the Crossing.  

When did Red Hot Winter begin and why?

Athena Award winner: 'Find the good'

CHAMPAIGN — Amy Randolph, this year's Athena Award winner, measures her own success largely by how well she helps others succeed.

Randolph, executive vice president and chief brand officer at First Busey Corp., said she was shocked to learn she would receive the award, to be given at a luncheon today at the Champaign Country Club.

Here's the PITCH

CHAMPAIGN — The classroom on the north side of the University of Illinois Armory might be small but big sounds come from it three nights a week.

When No Comment, the coed a cappella group, takes over the empty, windowless room, their voices and vocal beats spill out into the hallway.

Area history, Feb. 19, 2015

Today is Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Top of the morning, Feb. 19, 2015

Hall of Famer Lou Henson isn't the only Illinois coach folks are raving about these days.

In the eyes of tenants at Liberty Estates in Danville, John Groce can do no wrong.

My Amish Home: Weather brings out the best and worst

"Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding." Proverbs 9:9-10

Residents nominated for admission to military academies

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Springfield, announced their nominations of area students for admittance to the U.S. military academies.

Among those nominated are students from Champaign, Danville, St. Joseph, Savoy, Bement and White Heath.

Meg Makes: Pockets of warmth on cold winter nights

This delicious dinner is perfect for a chilly winter's night. Chicken pockets are a simple enough concept — they're like a chicken sandwich with the bread baked around them. But they come out of the oven steaming and delicious, and could even be portable if you have an evening activity.