Top of the morning, Feb. 26, 2015

On Friday, the ladies of Peace Lutheran Church in Thomasboro will deliver 24 of their finest quilts to VA Illiana Health Care System in Danville. With a smile.

"There's definitely a need," organizer Ronda Scott said.

Area history, Feb. 25, 2015

Today is Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

My Amish Home: Riding out the cold in a borrowed buggy

"Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil. For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth." Psalm 37:7-9

Younger Generation: Celebrating the achievements of young adults

Making the grade

The Illinois High School Association last week announced the 2014-15 IHSA All-State Academic Team .

Meg Makes: Combining two hearty winter dishes

Cornbread Chili Bake combines two of my favorite winter dishes — can you guess which ones? It allows for spreading cornbread mix over the top of hot chili in a Dutch oven and baking the whole thing.

Illinois Ancestors: Global reunion set for June in New York City

What started out as a "long shot" idea — the world's largest family reunion — is developing into something quite impressive, especially since the National Genealogical Society (NGS), the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and several well-known genealogists have agreed to support the function.

Neighbors: Recognizing accomplishments in our communities

Academic honors

— More than 100 Augustana College students use Augie Choice, a $2,000 grant available to Augustana students to fund a study abroad experience, internship or research project, including Cale McCormick of Mahomet.

Top of the morning, Feb. 25, 2015

At 83, Bill Tate has lost a step or two.

But given the chance to confront the hoodlums who swiped his Rose Bowl memorabilia from inside his house in Omaha, Neb., the former Illini and Mattoon football star might run as fast as he did against Stanford in '52.

"I would go after them," he said. "I'd probably get hurt, but it'd be worth it."

1955 wedding gown fits just fine 60 years later

Just have a baby? Planning to get married? Celebrating an anniversary? About to turn 100?

Top of the morning, Feb. 24, 2015

His friends played it smart, baking a cake minus decorations to take to Sunday's Academy Awards party in Urbana. Then, when "Interstellar" won for Best Visual Effects, they raced into the kitchen and used icing to spell out "Congratulations."

"I was surprised and thrilled," AJ Christensen said — about the Oscar if not the cake.