Area history, Jan. 13, 2016

Today is Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Meg Makes: Heavenly clam chowder from fellow church singer

I sing in a church choir with St. Joseph resident Deanna Taeger, and when she mentioned she had a clam-chowder recipe to share, my ears perked up.

Clam chowder is one of my husband's favorite soups, but I've never endeavored to make it until now.

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

PVO all-stars

A number of students made the first-semester honor roll at Prairieview-Ogden Junior High.

Highest honors went to eighth-graders Lindsey Aden and Ava Mills and seventh-grader Lukas Hutcherson.

Joan Griffis/Illinois Ancestors: FamilySearch reviews 2015 progress

FamilySearch, operated by the Genealogical Society of Utah, is the largest family history organization in the world and provides free access to its collections of records on the Internet at

Top of the morning, Jan. 13, 2016

On Wednesdays, we spotlight area do-gooders in Neighbors. Something to get you there:

The last time John Kenneth Young missed a St. Joseph-Ogden High boys' basketball game, it was because of work.

That was in 1975.

Area history, Jan. 12, 2016

Today is Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Spotlight on Service, Jan. 12, 2016

A look at area do-gooders. This week: Douglas County Rotaract

About the club

Co-Presidents:Carly McCrory and Mallory Davidson

Origin: Founded in September 2011

Did you know? In April 2013, the Douglas County Rotaract was awarded the Outstanding Rotaract Club Award at the Rotary District 6490's annual conference.

Kessel receives Burgess-Freiburg award

URBANA — For more than a decade, Barbara Kessel has been in and out of the Champaign County jail, volunteering with an organization that puts books in the hands of inmates there and in prisons throughout Illinois at no cost.

Backers reflect as Obama prepares State of the Union

Barack Obama's two terms as president will come to an end exactly 373 days from now.

Top of the morning, Jan. 12, 2016

Some weekend basketball leftovers ...

— Finishing a close second to John Groce's Illini on Sunday in terms of excitement was the halftime act, which had State Farm Center buzzing.

The Firecrackers are an energized rope-jumping outfit based in Kings Mill, Ohio, made up of girls in grades 3-8. They worked halftime of Wisconsin's game on Saturday before traveling to C-U.