Harold shares memories of Supreme Court nominee

Before he was President Barack Obama's choice to fill the open seat on the Supreme Court, the Hon. Merrick Garland would occasionally preside over the annual moot court competition at his Ivy League alma mater.

Top o' the morning, March 17, 2016

Chuck Koplinski, our movie critic whose reviews can be found in today's e3, isn't sold on the return of Indiana Jones. The fifth installment of the popular series is scheduled to hit the big screen in 2019.

Killeen hopes for chancellor selection by fall

UI President Tim Killeen says he hopes to have a new Urbana chancellor on board by the start of school in the fall.

Speaking after today's UI Board of Trustees' meeting, Killeen said the hope is to have interviews with finalists by July.

Neighbors Recognizing accomplishments throughout our communities

Academic honors

Benedictine University announced that Sarah Oprondek of Fairbury and Christopher James Branson of Philo were named to the dean's list for the fall term.

Teachers honored

Retirement celebration

A retirement reception for Champaign County Administrator Deb Busey will be from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, at the Brookens Administrative Center, 1776 E. Washington St., U.

Busey began working for Champaign County government — starting in the state's attorney's office — on Aug. 14, 1975.

Meg Makes: Making a good chocolate-free dessert

I love delicious, rich desserts that aren't chocolatey. Not that I have anything against chocolate — I just think it sometimes takes a bit more creativity to make a decadent dessert without it.

These nutty bars include both pecans and walnuts. A sprinkling of sea salt on top makes them extra delicious.

Nutty Bars

1 cup brown sugar

Area Update: Easter honored as a national ag leader

NORMAL — Former University of Illinois President Robert Easter was honored Tuesday as one of 100 leaders nationwide who are "changing rural communities and agriculture for the better."

The Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives honorees were unveiled on National Ag Day at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Easter was among six Illinoisans honored.

Neighbors: Parkland dean's list

Parkland dean's list

Of the 885 students named to Parkland College's dean's list for fall semester 2015, many were from the area. This is the second and final installment. (Here is the first installment.)

Younger Generation: Celebrating the achievements of young adults in East Central Illinois

Student of the month

The Exchange Club of Urbana named Urbana High School student Sophie Diers as the February Youth of the Month.

Those Who Served: 'They didn't want anyone near us if we blew up'

CHAMPAIGN — Al Partin served as a gunner on convoys in the Navy during World War II, on destroyer escort ships that guarded convoys, but once was surprised to find his ship alone in a sea full of German U-Boats.