My Amish Home: Lots of juggling to do — and watch

"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace, good will toward men. And it came to pass as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, 'Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.'" Luke 2:14-15

Dickerson gets honorary street in St. Joseph

The Village of St. Joseph is remembering a beloved athlete with special street signs following her death in October.

The village board passed a resolution Tuesday night to create Marianne Dickerson Memorial Run along Main Street in honor of the runner who starred at St. Joseph-Odgen High School and the University of Illinois.

Star Wars, the Nutcracker and my incomplete Christmas list

I have many failings as a mother, and my deteriorating memory is high on the list. Especially during the Christmas crazy.

Like many parents, we have a tradition of buying our children ornaments every Christmas, starting with the year they were born.

Area history, Dec. 22, 2015

In 1915, the festivities centering around the second annual municipal Christmas tree officially started this afternoon when several hundred schoolchildren marched from their respective schools and participated in the opening program. The majority of children in both the public and parochial schools was present between the hours of 4 and 5 o'clock.

Go figure, Dec. 22, 2015


Where Illinois ranks in the Animal Legal Defense Fund's annual list of states with the toughest animal-protection laws.

No shocker there: It's the eighth-straight year the Land of Lincoln has topped the charts, beating out Oregon, Maine, California and Michigan.

Spotlight on Service, Dec. 22, 2015

A look at area do-gooders. This week: Georgetown Lions Club

About the club

President: Janette Nimrick.

Origin: The Potomac Lions sponsored Georgetown's club when it was founded in 1940.

Chelsey Byers: Finding peace: Grief and the holidays

By Chelsey Byers

Did you lose a loved one this past year? Do you have a parent, sibling or co-worker who lost a spouse or a child this year? Did you go through a divorce or the breakup of a serious relationship this year? Did you lose a pet?

The holidays are often viewed as a happy time, but for those grieving a loss, it can be the hardest time of the year.

Danville resident has been neighborhood's heartbeat for 50 years

DANVILLE — At 87, Owen Nelson still has the enthusiasm for teaching young people in her neighborhood.

She'd love to start a new sewing class at the Danville community center that bears her name with machines that were donated and material she has amassed at her house through the years.

Area history, Dec. 21, 2015

In 1915, Champaign schools will recess for the Christmas holiday on Thursday evening, Dec. 23, and will resume on Jan. 3. Many teachers are making plans for visits and various festivities. Among the high school teachers, Miss Goodman plans to go to Lexington, Va. and Washington, D.C.

Traveling the Great River Road

By Debra L. Karplus

The Great River Road National Scenic Byway is a long north-south highway along the Mississippi River that goes through 10 states, including Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana.