Victim's family: 'There's no way to act but cry'

CHAMPAIGN — For Terron Jackson's loved ones, there was no comfort Wednesday afternoon in Room F of the Champaign County Courthouse, where 10 of them watched a judge inform accused murderer Brandon Collier he could face up to 85 years in prison if convicted.

"There's no way to react but cry," said Mr. Jackson's sister and "auntie," Okeima Hampton.

Neighbors: Recognizing accomplishments throughout our communities

Summer school

This summer, Nicole Chambers (St. Joseph-Ogden High School) was among a group of area teachers which took part in Eastern Illinois University's National Writing Project Site. Amber Laquet of East Prairie Middle School in Tuscola and Kristin Runyon of Charleston High School served as coaches and co-directors.

Newly commissioned

My Amish Home: Weather's great; mosquitoes aren't

"The highway of the upright is to depart from evil; he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul. Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. Better it is to be of a humble spirit with the lovely than to divide the spoil with the proud." Proverbs 16:17-19

Younger generation: Celebrating the achievements of young adults

Derby dandy

Joshua Ostrander, 12, of Rantoul, won the inaugural 2015 All-American Soap Box Derby Subway Challenge for the local masters division.

Go figure: July 29, 2015

Go figure: A numerical look at local headlines


The amount of a private donation that paid for a fully-equipped Chevy Tahoe for CRU, the Piatt County sheriff's 6-year-old Dutch Shepherd, and his K-9 handler, Sgt. NICK PERRINE.

Joan Griffis: Best little 'one-steps' on the Internet

It began in 2001 when Steven P. Morse created a one-step form to search Ellis Island records because the Ellis Island people designed a website that was difficult to maneuver. Morse called it a "one-step" and since then he has developed other shortcuts — also calling them "one-step" — and thus his one-step website was born.

Area history, July 29, 2015

Today is Wednesday, July 29, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Top of the morning, July 29, 2015

The latest "Story Behind The Photo" comes courtesy Heather Coit, whose striking A-1 image of a "miracle horse" named Blondie resulted in considerable feedback from our readers:

During photo shoots, I don't always have time to stay for the interview but I'm glad I was able to listen to Sandy and Rex Bradfield share their story of how they fell in love with Blondie.

Area history, July 28, 2015

Today is Tuesday, July 28, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Couple offers farmland lease to DACC at no cost

DANVILLE — Danville Area Community College students would be able to take their hands-on experience growing plants and produce to a new level thanks to a local couple.

Kristy Herr and Jerry Bartos are interested in leasing 5.5 acres of farmland, at 411 N. Daisy Lane, to DACC at no cost. The land would be used as a student learning laboratory.