Weekend planner: Open houses everywhere

The Champaign County Association of Realtors will host its Spring Open House Event on Sunday, giving potential home buyers as well as the curious the chance to visit up to 100 or so homes. Some will be empty, with a Realtor present. At some, the sellers will be there.

Sandra Mason: Spring showoffs

I'm a Midwestern girl. No other time of year stirs my deeply rooted heritage than in spring. Bodacious blooms abound. From bluebells to crabapples, every plant appears to join me in a celebration of the end of winter and the beginning of a new season.

It's great to catch up with old friends

Joe Lamb invited me to go along with him to the Leroy Auction House on a recent late Friday afternoon. Getting out in person to visit shops and auctions is a nice way for me to see old friends and other people who are involved in collectibles and antiques.

Foot soldier's diary marches on

OGDEN — Abel Hay enlisted in Company I of the 26th Illinois Infantry in 1861 and served until the Civil War ended in 1865. He was part of Sherman's March to the Sea, burning a path 300 miles long through the south.

Newest student trustee at DACC follows brother's footsteps

DANVILLE — If the name of Danville Area Community College's new student trustee has a familiar ring, it's because he and his predecessor share a last name — and parents.

Logan Haun, 19, was elected to succeed his older brother, Dylan Haun, in a two-day election earlier this month. The younger Haun will be sworn into office at DACC's board meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Vermilion Hall.

Urbana arts panel selects grant recipients

The Urbana Public Arts Commission has selected recipients of the 2016 Urbana Arts Grants Program, which funds projects by artists, artist teams, organizations and festival presenters.

The commission received 61 applications requesting a total of more than $193,000. Two selection panels evaluated them and awarded a total of $47,500 to 27 recipients:


Youth group steps up to fill needs

GIFFORD — For food, clothing, snow-shoveling, leaf-raking and so many other needs in their community, the members of St. Paul's Lutheran Church Youth Group are the go-to teens.

Top of the morning, April 23, 2016

All she wanted to do was rest her tired legs before heading to catch a flight out of McCarran International Airport on Wednesday.

"There's nowhere to sit in Las Vegas other than a bar or a slot machine," lifelong Danville resident and popular hairstylist Mary Randall said. "I picked a slot machine."

Good decision.

Weekend planner, April 22, 2016

Three items of note happening this weekend:

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY: Three local public libraries will host financial literacy programs for children and their parents — called Money Smart Kids Read — on Saturday morning: Mahomet at 10, Champaign at 10:30 and Rantoul at 11.

What's in a name? Possum Trot

OAKWOOD — It never fails. Every so often, someone will enter the Possum Trot Supper Club, tucked away on Batestown Road just off U.S. 150, and ask owner Greg Wright if there's possum on the menu.

"We get stuff like that all the time," said Wright, who's owned the Vermilion County restaurant since 2002 with his wife Nina.