For the retirees, March 27-April 3, 2016

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Graves, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 48 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, phone 359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Service of Champaign County.

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, March 27, 2016

With baseball's Opening Day just a week away, we asked the panel: What do you remember most about the first major league game you went to?


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John Roska: When you can see your 'permanent record'

Q: I'm a high school student. Can I see my school record, without my parents' consent?

A: Schools must let all students, regardless of age, see their "permanent record" upon request. Parental consent isn't required.

Top of the morning, March 27, 2016

More than three years after the tragic death of her NFL son, Stacey Jackson continues to do good things in his name.

"What keeps me going," she said, "is knowing that one day I'm going to see my son again and it's going to be wonderful. I believe in a higher power."

Offers, but no sale yet, on Amishland building

TUSCOLA — For sale: A big red barn next to an outlet mall.

Price tag: A cool $3.5 million.

Interested? Over the months it's been on the market, the Red Barn Buffet & Shoppes property has entertained some lookers, but it remains up for grabs, according to Champaign Realtor Alex Ruggieri.

Celebrating 19 years of writing this column

As of today, I have been writing this column for 19 years.

When I first started, John Beck, who was the executive editor of the paper at the time, said he would run three articles every other Saturday and see how the public reacted.

Area history, March 26, 2016

Today is Saturday, March 26, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1916: The steel for the frame of the fourth and fifth stories of the new Robeson building has arrived and is being hauled to the building site in downtown Champaign. The erection of the frame of the basement and the first three stories is almost completed.

Unit 4 aide sues over demotion

CHAMPAIGN — A Champaign school district teacher's aide has filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging that Unit 4 officials demoted him in retaliation for a discrimination complaint he filed that was later settled.

Colleges sending out MAP grant estimates

Illinois college students are getting award letters about their state financial aid grants for 2016-17 — even though the program hasn't been funded for this school year yet.

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission is banking on some type of appropriation to come through before next fall — or at least ensuring that it's prepared when and if the money starts flowing.

Life Remembered: 'A lot of heavy hearts'

MAHOMET — You don't forget those dimples.

Reflecting on the "goofy" and "ornery" fifth-grader who grew into a "sweet" and "personable" young man, Kari Calcagno smiled when reminiscing about Matthew Prather, an 18-year-old Mahomet-Seymour High School senior who passed away Thursday.