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Top of the Morning, March 5, 2015

Has old man winter played his last discordant tunes?

Let's hope so. I for one have been waiting for spring since November (which resembled January more than late fall, but that's another weather story).

But there was an shining moment after Sunday's snowfall: A good Samaritan cleared one ofthe city sidewalks adjacent to my home.

Younger Generation: Celebrating the achievements of young adults

Checkmate!

Isaiah Loyd of Danville North Ridge had the area's highest finish, earning second runner-up in the eighth-grade contest at last weekend's IESA Chess Championship at Illinois State University's Bone Center.

Neighbors: Recognizing accomplishments in our communities

Academic honors

Tiffany Cherice Harrington of Champaign was named to the dean's list at the University of Memphis for the fall 2014 semester.

Logan Newkirk, a native of Watseka, was named to the Trevecca Nazarene University dean's list for fall 2014.

Illinois Ancestors: Genealogical conferences benefit researchers

Where can genealogical researchers go to attend any one of 150 genealogical seminars/workshops to be taught by more than 80 experts in their field?

Answer: This year the location is St. Louis, Mo., and May 13-16 are the dates for the National Genealogical Society's (NGS) annual conference, "Crossroads of America."

Area history, March 4, 2015

Today is Wednesday, March 4, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Top of the Morning, March 4, 2015

Linda Case had a lot of help with her latest book, "Dog Food Logic."

They go by Vinny, Chip and Cooper and are always by her feet.

Individuals, organizations honored for innovation

URBANA — Cathy Singer's emphasis on both work and family was brought home at the annual Innovation Celebration event Tuesday.

Outwitted by a thermostat

With all the shoveling, back pain and creative driving we’ve endured in recent days, I thought I’d offer some tried-and-true homeowner advice to help you get through the rest of the winter.

Today’s installment is a step-by-step guide for what (not) to do when your furnace stops working on the coldest day of the year. Just in case, you know, that were to ever happen.

Take it from these ACT aces

With high school juniors jittery about the tough test awaiting them today, we asked five local geniuses who scored a perfect 36 on the ACT what last-minute advice they'd offer.

ELAINE WAH

Urbana Uni '04