Paxton street superintendent to retire next month

PAXTON — Longtime street superintendent Randy Sawn will retire at the end of May — 34 years after he started working for the city.

"Whatever needed to be done, he'd do," Paxton Mayor Bill Ingold said. "He can do everything — take down a tree, patch a street, lay out a sidewalk."

Younger Generation: Celebrating the achievements of young adults

Scholarship winners

Jacob Clark of Judah Christian School in Champaign and Caitlin Elliott of Urbana High School on Tuesday were named 2015 "Leaders and Achievers Scholarship" recipients by Comcast and the Comcast Foundation.

This day in history: April 15, 2015

Today is Wednesday, April 15, the 105th day of 2015. There are 260 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On April 15, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln died nine hours after being shot the night before by John Wilkes Booth at Ford's Theater in Washington; Andrew Johnson became the nation's 17th president.

SIU med school recruiting patients for test of Alzheimer's treatment

SPRINGFIELD — Southern Illinois University's School of Medicine is seeking patients with mild-to-moderate Alzheimer's disease to try an experimental drug that might be able to do what current treatments can't — slow down the progression of the disease.

Meg Makes: There's always a good time for stew

It may be a little late in the season for beef stew, but this variation will still taste good on a cool night. It's modeled after Italian beef but doesn't require rolls, which I appreciated for simplicity's sake.

Tangy Beef Stew

1 pound beef stew meat

5 cups water

4 tablespoons olive oil

1 small onion, chopped

4 ounces pepperincinis

Top of the morning, April 15, 2015

Good thing Tabitha (Dallas) Elder has a big shed — and a heavy-lifting husband — at home. The former four-sport star at Bement High is going to need both when she picks up her set of bleachers from the school's "Hoosiers"-like gym.

"I don't know how I'm going to move them yet," she said. "All I know is that David is going to help."

Custard's last stand

We’ve heard a lot about ice cream lately.

Specifically, frozen custard.

The open-closed-open again tale of Jarling’s Custard Cup has kept fans of the frozen treat guessing for the past few weeks.

Percy Sledge dies at 74

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Percy Sledge, who soared from part-time singer and hospital orderly to lasting fame with his aching, forlorn performance on the classic "When a Man Loves a Woman," died Tuesday in Louisiana. He was 74.

Area history, April 14, 2015

Today is Tuesday, April 14, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Artist keeps Roger looking his best

CHAMPAIGN — If you passed by the Virginia Theatre on Monday, you might have noticed a man who seemed to be styling Roger Ebert's hair.