My Amish Home: Husband Erwin gets an ambulance ride

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; having your conversation honest among Gentiles that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may be your good works, which they shall behold; glorify God in the day of visitation.

'Constellations': The multiverse comes to the theater

URBANA — The relatively new play, "Constellations," opening Thursday at the Station Theatre, is basically a love story between two characters that passes through all the stages of a theatrical love story:

"They meet, they break up, they get back together and it proceeds from there," said director Kay Bohannon Holley.

Not quite, though.

Joan Griffis/Illinois Ancestors: Top 100 genealogy websites of 2016 listed

GenealogyInTime Magazine has posted the 2016 list of Top 100 Genealogy Websites at

Area history, March 23, 2016

Today is Thursday, March 23, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Ten seek open seat on Champaign council

CHAMPAIGN — Don Gerard's Wednesday nights are already booked. Soon, Champaign's former mayor may have to block off his Tuesday nights as well.

Top of the morning, March 23, 2016

Allie Brubaker endured a different kind of March Madness last week at Stone Creek Events Center in Urbana.

Just like a lot of basketball fans this time of year, she was a nervous wreck.

"There were a lot of emotions," the 25-year-old Monticello native said.

'A fixture of the team'

MONTICELLO — They called Ryan Tate "Tater" when he managed the Monticello football team for four years.

Affectionate nicknames and bear crawls behind him as the school year nears a close, he's thinking about managing basketball at Parkland, and making a lot of return trips to Monticello.

The Sages will miss Ryan, says Coach Cully Welter.

Go figure: March 22, 2016

GO FIGURE: Music edition

Four months after being enshrined in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, one of the best-selling American bands of all-time will be here. Mark your calendars for Aug. 24, when CHICAGO plays the Virginia Theatre.


Alvarez Dixon/Youth Development: Getting your kids ready for the workplace is key

By Alvarez Dixon

Ask any parent what they want for their son or daughter and no matter how diverse the responses are, the same theme will emerge. We want our children to do better than us.

Spotlight on Service, March 22, 2016

A look at area do-gooders. This week: Champaign-Urbana Optimist Club

About the club

President: Grace Mitchell

Origin: Established in 1947, chartered in June 1948.

Meets: 6 p.m. on the first and third Thursday of each month at Perkins Restaurant in Urbana.