Letters from Birdland: The ultimate spot to watch the harvest

In Birdland, the mornings are cool and sometimes foggy, but by noon, the sun has burned away all the damp chill.

We celebrated the equinox with our friend, Bill, at the Kalyx Center — a fun community potluck held each quarter of the year in the barn hidden in the woods.

Space on monument to Olympians, Paralympians has filled up fast

CHAMPAIGN — With five new medal-winning athletes, the Tribute to Olympic and Paralympic Athletes Monument is running out of space for names.

"And that's good news," says Champaign Park District Executive Director Joe DeLuce.

Weekend Planner: Let the sunshine in

For the fourth time, the Willenbrock home in Champaign will be part of the 10th annual Illinois Solar Tour, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. Scott Willenbrock, a University of Illinois physics professor, looks forward to it again. And so does his mutt, Coco, the friendliest dog you'll meet.

Area history, Oct. 1, 2016

Today is Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Clergy corner, Sept. 30, 2016

October is National Clergy Appreciation Month, a time for CANAAN BAPTIST to celebrate 37 years of B.J. and Barbara Tatum and for the congregation at STONE CREEK CHURCH to begin the countdown to Dec.

What's in a name: Yankee Ridge Elementary in Urbana

First-year Yankee Ridge Elementary School Principal Brian Anderson was once a student walking the very halls he's in charge of today. To this day, he's still looking for the ridge.

"It's pretty flat here in central Illinois," he said.

His school, though, was founded in 1875 by a group of Yankee settlers from New England.

One of courthouse's bright spots heading into sunset

URBANA — In the midst of the sadness attendant with criminality, there's been a constant bright spot at the Champaign County Courthouse for the last 33 years.

That's Bill May, who for 30 years has served as the public service work coordinator for the Champaign County Court Services department.

Area history, Sept. 30, 2016

Today is Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1916, Thomas Molloy of Rantoul purchased 214 acres of land from the University of Illinois. The transaction was disclosed through Bruce Henderson.

The #MJs, Sept. 30, 2016

On Fridays, staff writer Marcus Jackson (@MarcusJ_NG) will provide a quick glance at the best that Twitter has to offer.



Religion calendar, Sept. 30-Oct. 6, 2016

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