It's Your Business: Urbana adds massage therapist

An area woman has opened a massage and therapeutic stretching business in downtown Urbana.

Independent contractor and licensed massage therapist Renee Royal has set up shop inside the Health In Harmony wellness center at Lincoln Square.

Top of the morning, Feb. 28, 2016

He's watched Illinois basketball games from a front-row seat at State Farm Center and on TV from a hospital bed in Decatur.

Guess which one Tony Clements prefers?

"Center court is a much better view," he said. "I wish I could be back there."

Area history, Feb. 27, 2016

Today is Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Sandra Mason: Space invaders

A gardener's goal is to help plants thrive. But some plants prosper a bit too well and quickly move from treasured acquisition to scorned trespasser. Weeds are plants out of place, whether they came with a price tag or not.

Unfortunately, some plants grow well beyond our backyard borders and result in threatening native plants and animals in our forests, prairies and natural areas.

Big weekend for antiques on horizon

I do not remember how long ago it was, but it all started in the Otto Center on the south side of Arthur on a Saturday morning years ago. Because the building could only hold about 50 dealers, it blossomed into the biggest primitive and early American antiques show in the country — twice a year. It is now in six locations, all in Amishland — Arthur, Tuscola and Arcola on March 4-5.

Weekend planner: Keeping his legacy alive

The Villa Grove Fire Department will host the fifth Dave Patton Jr. Memorial Scholarship Dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. today at the VFW, 11 S. Main St., Villa Grove. Bonus: Besides chili, always good in chilly weather, the organizers will raffle off a 50-inch Vizio 1080p Smart TV, with a PlayStation 4 bundle that includes three games.

Top of the morning, Feb. 27, 2016

JAMIE HENNIGH had planned to spend time with family today.

She still is. "Just in a little different way," she said.

At 9 a.m., Hennigh will hop in her minivan and drive cases of bottled water to Flint, Mich., a city as we know needs all the help it can get. Accompanying her will be her husband, Lawrence, and her 7-year-old son, Marcos Morales of Homer-based Cub Scout Pack 42.

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Area history, Feb. 26, 2016

In 1916, "Within six weeks from today, said E.C. English of English Bros. Construction, "you will see a flag waving from the top of the staff of the new Robeson Building." He said that structural steel would start to begin to be put in place the following week and that the five-story store would be ready for occupancy in August.

Top of the morning, Feb. 26, 2016

The final Illini Rebounders luncheon of the season is one of the signature events of the season, senior players and managers taking center stage. But Wednesday's winter storm forced cancellation of the event at Champaign's Hilton Garden Inn.