Younger generation: Celebrating the achievements of young adults

Brownies project

Tuscola's Girl Scout Troop 2274 is working on its first official patch as Brownies. One important step is to show appreciation for those who are currently deployed with the U.S. military.

Life Remembered: Many mourn 'magnificent' music teacher

CHAMPAIGN — Judy Hoffman grew up in the middle of Nebraska, learning the piano, organ and violin. By high school, she mastered the saxophone. By college, she was playing the bassoon in the band and the violin in the orchestra.

But it's a simple child's song that may best illustrate the longtime local music teacher's abilities.

Neighbors: Recognizing accomplishments throughout our communities

Dean's list

— Katelynn Martinez of Champaign, was named to the president's list at Illinois Central College.

Meet the new principal at Danville's Northeast Elementary

When students at Danville's Northeast Elementary Magnet School started their new school year on Tuesday, there was a new leader at the helm: Kelly Truex.

A Bronze Star ceremony, 44 years later

Do you know a veteran with a story to tell? Email staff writer Paul Wood, whose award-winning series 'Those Who Served' runs weekly, at

LEROY — The sound of sirens and motorcycle engines reverberated through town Tuesday afternoon as the traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall exited Interstate 74 onto Chestnut Street.

Joan Griffis: State genealogical association accepting award nominations

Each year the Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) presents awards to individuals/organizations in various categories:

— Community Service Award: Given to an individual, company or institution for service or contributions to genealogy.

Nominations may be made by local genealogical or historical societies.

Immigrants welcome here

CHAMPAIGN — The church that Prosper Panumpabi started in his basement seven years ago has become much more than just a place of worship.

Now occupying a building at 306 Tiffany Court, Wedding of the Lamb Church has also helped around 300 immigrants in the Champaign-Urbana area — predominantly from the Congo — adjust to their new lives in the United States.

Area history, July 22, 2015

Today is Wednesday, July 22, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1915: The Big Four Railroad announced today that for the first time in 25 years it will build its own locomotives at the Beech Grove shops at Indianapolis. Five locomotives are to be built. The Big Four has 850 engines in use now, and repairs an average of 600 a year at Beech Grove.

Top of the morning, July 22, 2015

On Wednesdays, we spotlight area folks making news in "Neighbors." Here's something to get you there.

Traveling Vietnam wall coming to LeRoy

LeROY — When the traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall makes its way to LeRoy today, it will be accompanied by a police escort and received with honor.

In many ways, the solemn majesty of the memorial's arrival will stand in stark contrast to the way veterans were received upon their return to the states while the war was still being waged.