Top of the morning, June 21, 2015

Today, Brad Shumaker will wrap up a 15-year run as pastor at Faith United Methodist in Champaign. Following three morning services, there will be a farewell reception from 2-4 p.m. that is open to the community.

Paxton chamber seeks new director

PAXTON — The Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce is searching for a new part-time executive director.

Executive Director Kristina Phelan is resigning, and the chamber is accepting resumes through Friday for candidates interested in filling her role.

New principal: DeLand-Weldon a fit 'from the first get-go'

DELAND — Amanda Geary has spent most of her 15-year teaching career in the Logan County seat of Lincoln, but there should be no culture shock when she takes on DeLand-Weldon principal duties next month.

Growing up in Mackinaw, Geary embraces small towns — and small schools.

PBL leads state in leading FFA

PAXTON — With Kade Hill's election as the new state FFA president, Paxton's school system now has had an unprecedented four alumni lead the Illinois Association FFA.

No other system in the state has had more. Hill joins fellow Paxton-Buckley-Loda High graduates Mike Shively (2011-12) and Brad Pilcher (2006-07) and Paxton High's Dennis Dazey (1971-72) as state FFA presidents.

Area history, June 20, 2015

Today is Saturday, June 20, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Weekend planner: Cultivating ideas

By this time of year, gardeners have grown tired of tilling, planting and weeding. They're at the point they like to take a break and visit other gardens, hence the Champaign County Master Gardeners Garden Walk from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at a variety of private and public gardens in Urbana and Champaign.

A productive day of shopping in Covington

We spent the better part of last Saturday morning in Covington, Ind.

Our main purpose was to look at an estate and try to give the heirs an idea of its potential value.

This person had a large collection of items, all very different from each other.

An idea they'll flip for

CHAMPAIGN — Two years ago, Thomas Reese was a University of Illinois student learning Chinese. He figured there had to be a more effective way to pick up a new language than by using flashcards.

One day, while browsing the Web, it came to him.

Why not create an application where users can simultaneously be online and learn a new language?

Westville schools chief leads final meeting

WESTVILLE — After 11 years as district superintendent, Jim Owens led his final meeting of the Westville school board this week.

Owens is retiring on June 30. Seth Miller, the district's director of operations, will succeed him.

Top of the morning, June 20, 2015

In Sunday's newspaper, under "Area History," you'll read that 50 years ago there was a ribbon-cutting ceremony that marked the opening of the iconic covered bridge at Lake of the Woods in Mahomet.