On the money, Nov. 25, 2015

A local look at the cost of doing business


How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice

CHAMPAIGN — Countryside School seventh-grader Edward Kong is pretty devoted to his three hours of daily practice.

But he's not practicing for a sports match or working toward a new high score on Minecraft like some middle schoolers. He's playing the cello.

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

Raising money

The Westville High sophomore class officers raised $891.50 as part of a project promoting awareness for homeless youths in Vermilion County.

The Tigers held a dance, a lock-in and a jeans day to raise the money.

Musical excellence

Teacher of the week: LaDonna Hackler

On Wednesdays, we'll spotlight a difference-making area educator. To nominate a teacher, tweet to education reporter @Nicole_Lafond with the hashtag #TeacherOfTheWeek.

Neighbors: Recognizing accomplishments throughout our communities

Recognized nationally

Illinois 4-H and local area staff were in the spotlight at this year's National Association of Extension 4-H Agents Annual Conference on Oct. 25-29 in Portland, Ore.

Top of the morning, Nov. 25, 2015

The Virginia Theatre has an 8-year-old third-grader to thank for getting its holiday train display up and running.

While attending last weekend's showing of "The Snow Queen," Rowan Fisher noticed the Bachmann setup on the mezzanine level needed serious help. Fake snow was out of place, cars were in the wrong order and the engine kept derailing.

Playing on 'Wheel' not for wimps

LUDLOW — Brenna Schluter has a few words of advice for anyone considering becoming a contestant on "Wheel of Fortune."

Start working out.

"The wheel, it is heavy," said Schluter, a contestant on tonight's show (6:30, WAND-TV). "They give you spinning lessons ahead of the show."

Spotlight on Service, Nov. 24, 2015

A look at area do-gooders. This week: Centennial High Interact Club

About the club

President: Grant Carlson

Area history, Nov. 24, 2015

Today is Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Top of the morning, Nov. 24, 2015

Our high school audience continues to grow.

That was made clear again in the last week on Twitter (@ngpreps surpassed 3,000 followers), at our website (check out Nos. 1-2 on the Sports Stories list, below) and in our newsroom. On Sunday, more than 240 high school student-athletes visited us for studio portraits that will appear soon at and in our Sports section.