Alumni flock to Atwood-Hammond for final game

ATWOOD — Although there was a high school football game on the Atwood-Hammond High School field Friday night, the evening felt more like an all-school reunion, as hundreds of alumni from the 1940s to the present showed up to see gridiron action on the Rajah home field for the last time.

Time to join Master Gardeners program

"No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden ... but though an old man, I am but a young gardener."

Thomas Jefferson had innumerable interests and responsibilities well beyond the garden, yet he remained tied to his plot of land throughout his life, as the above quote reveals.

Area native uses pageant as 'distraction' from cancer

People react to a diagnosis of cancer in varying ways. For Atwood-Hammond High School and University of Illinois graduate Kristina Anderson, it prompted her to enter the Miss Arizona USA pageant, which is scheduled for Nov. 30-Dec. 1 in Mesa, Ariz.

Storage units an interesting investment for purchasers

A few tidbits to get you caught up on collecting news:

— Some storage units have become the main attractions on television. I am sure the laws are different in every state, but basically it comes down to the fact that if you do not pay your rent, it is the storage space owner's right to achieve reimbursement by selling the contents.

'Mowhawk Man' on a mission

DANVILLE — A Georgetown man who calls himself the Mowhawk Man said he has done a lot of things to support servicemen and women and veterans and their families over the last 24 years.

But his latest effort, which aims to raise awareness about post traumatic stress disorder, will be his first attempt to walk halfway across the country.

UI announces several seven-figure gifts

At the annual meeting of the University of Illinois Foundation, the organization announced several major private gifts to the Urbana campus that totaled more than $13 million.

Updated: Rosenberg enters race for 103rd District

CHAMPAIGN — A former prosecutor in Champaign and Cook counties has entered the Democratic primary in the 103rd House District to succeed state Rep. Naomi Jakobsson, D-Urbana.

Daschle to speak at law school

CHAMPAIGN — Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., will speak at noon Oct. 25 at the University of Illinois College of Law on the federal Affordable Care Act.

Halloween happenings: Rantoul asylum is plain scary

Please excuse me, Mr. Vampire, I'd rather not have your fangs in my neck.

Tonight is a nasty night in Slayerville, where the Baldwin Asylum, 2040 Lon Drive, Rantoul, is overcrowded with zombies, vampires, corpses and ghosts.

Retirement observance set for Adcock

URBANA — A retirement party for David Adcock, the former director of Urbana Adult Education, is scheduled from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday at the Urbana Civic Center.

The celebration is an open house, but there will be a short program at 4 p.m.

The civic center is located at 108 E. Water St., U.