Neighbors: Recognizing accomplishments throughout our communities

Award winners

The People's Choice award in the category of most original large tree at the Festival of Trees in Danville went to "Stealing Christmas," designed by Jessica Sampson and Jenny Marsh.

The Corporate Cup award went to the "Red Carpet Christmas" large tree designed by Dawn Ann Pricer and Barbara Rabka.

Illinois Ancestors: Author relives Civil War suffering

Many Americans whose family members served during the Civil War have, no doubt, thought about what daily military life was really like. Although government military records provide details on dates and places, "the rest of the story" has to be imagined. Max R.

Younger Generation: Celebrating the achievements of young adults

Scholarship winner

Elijah Medlyn of Champaign has received the Midwest Achievement Award and Residence Life Leadership Award to attend Southeast Missouri State University for the 2015-16 academic year.

Medlyn is the son of Mark and Debra Medlyn and will be a 2015 graduate of Champaign Central High School.

D.C. conference

All spruced up: Cut-your-own farms are few, far between

Over at Conkeytown Christmas Tree Farm, the owners have a saying.

"Christmas trees grow as they go though the door," said Ted Curtin, who confesses to years ago bringing home a tree smaller than the one picked out by his wife.

He's learned over the years that some people, a la Clark Griswold, will select a Christmas tree taller or wider than their doorway or ceilings.

Area history, Dec. 3, 2014

Today is Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Top of the Morning, Dec. 3, 2014

Perhaps you saw Champaign's Angie Kerr on TV on Tuesday morning. A lot of her friends and family sure did.

Spotlight on Service, Dec. 2, 2014

A weekly look at area do-gooders. This week: Urbana Rotary Club

About the club

President: Libby Tyler

Origin: April 15, 1924

Meets: Noon every Tuesday at Clark-Lindsey Village, 101 W. Windsor Road, Urbana

On tap: Mary Wallace will speak today about Courage Connection.

Area history, Dec. 2, 2014

Today is Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1914: The Champaign school board approved a request from University of Illinois President Edmund James that in lieu of a fee for speaking at last spring's high school commencement address he be given a photograph of Champaign High School.

Top of the Morning, Dec. 2, 2014

Take two: Following up on our stories.

Life Remembered: Hirschfeld dies at 78

CHAMPAIGN — Area residents remembered John Hirschfeld as a local history enthusiast who was devoted to political causes until he lost his license to practice law.

Mr. Hirschfeld, a longtime state legislator, attorney and media personality, died on Sunday. He was 78.