Get to know Ryan Cowell, new BTW principal

Eight years after kicking off his Unit 4 career as a high school instructional coach, Ryan Cowell debuts today as an elementary principal.

The new boss at Champaign's Booker T. Washington STEM Academy beat out a field of eight candidates the district interviewed for one of its four principal openings.

Joan Griffis: Danville to host genealogy workshops

Three genealogy classes will be taught at the Danville Area Community College Community Education facility at the Village Mall next month.

Ronald Sbertoli, genealogist and member of the Illiana Genealogical & Historical Society, will present the following classes from 9 a.m. to noon:

Homer seeks volunteers for work on village hall

HOMER — A special public "work session" is on slate for the Homer village board the nights of Aug. 25 and 26. The project: work on the sewage-damaged Homer Village Hall/Library.

Area graduates from ISU

Illinois State University has announced the following students graduated in the spring with bachelor's degrees.

Argenta — Rachel Joy Bruckner

Arthur — Kelsey Jordan Birch

Bismarck — Lauren Elizabeth Hous

Bondville — Nicholas Alan Johnson

Buckley — Meghan Marie Foss

Catlin — Joel Benjamin Learnard

My Amish Home: Enjoying the weather; battling the 'old lady'

"That the aged men to be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience. The aged women likewise, that they be in behavior as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given too much wine, teachers of good things; that they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children." Titus 2:2-4

Area history, Aug. 19, 2015

Today is Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Top of the morning, Aug. 19, 2015

Maybe you've heard about Chris Karr. More likely, you've heard Chris Karr (listen here).

He's the high-pitched hog caller from Seymour who just picked up his 10th championship — and second in a row — at the Illinois State Fair.

New Urbana school board member a student-health advocate

URBANA — The Urbana school board's newest member is a mother of three who is excited to advocate for student health and fiscal responsibility within the district.

By unanimous vote Tuesday evening, the board appointed Anne Hall to fill the seat that's been vacant since five-year member Elaine Gehrmann resigned in July.