Help wanted

In the past two weeks, we've introduced you to Champaign County's new administrator (Rick Snider), its new supervisor of assessments (Paula Bates

Bob Swisher: Recapping a great weekend in Amishland

On March 4, I put 108 miles on my car when I left the house in the morning and got home after dark. I visited six shows in Amishland. I also stopped at Winterberry and Paddy Wagon in Tuscola and The Emporium, Prairie Winds and T&T in Arcola.

Weekend planner: Evening bird walk

Chelsey Walsh, public program specialist at Champaign County Forest Preserve District, likes the American Woodcock, also known as a Timberdoodle, Sky Dancer and Labrador Twister. She calls the bird cool, kind of cute and funky looking — they have long tweezer-like beaks and brown feathers that camouflage them against leaf litter on the ground.

Westville native to become new airport manager

DANVILLE — Mike Potter never imagined he'd return to work in Vermilion County, where he grew up, but when the right job opened up recently, the Westville native was lured back home.

Potter, 51, is a pilot, flying instructor, certified airplane mechanic and inspector, who had managed the regional airport in Morehead, Ky., since 2010.

Sandra Mason: Insect Inns

Bug, beast or brethren, we all need food, water, shelter and a nice place to raise the kids.

We may think that all of the outdoor wildlife just "makes do" with whatever they find. However, with our present-day need for clean, many beneficial insects and pollinators find there is no room at the inn.

Area history, March 19, 2016

Today is Saturday, March 19, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1916: The First Baptist Church of Rantoul burned to the ground Sunday afternoon with a loss of about $10,000. None of the furnishings was saved and the church is believed to be insured only to $4,000. It is believed the fire originated from an overheated furnace.

Top of the morning, March 19, 2016

He could be spending spring break lounging on a Florida beach, like many of his stressed-out University of Illinois classmates.

Instead, Siping Meng will report to Allerton Park at 3 p.m. Sunday for five days of scrubbing statues, picking up brush and spreading mulch.

"My parents are proud of my decision," the UI freshman said. "They encourage me to try different things."

Tom's #Mailbag, March 18, 2016

Got a question? Ask it here

What's in a name? Carle Foundation Hospital

When employees are hired at Carle Foundation Hospital, part of their orientation includes a session about the history of the Urbana hospital. That includes the origin of the name of the place.

A surprising gift from a quiet couple

DANVILLE — Harold "Boo" and Virginia "Ginny" Auter led quiet, unassuming lives.

The Danville man worked as an engineer at Esco Corporation, and his bride of 55 years worked at the GE plant.

During most of their marriage, they lived in a house they built on the edge of town, where they could enjoy nature.