Rich Warren: Collectors spinning a profit with turntables

Cleaning out vintage audio components cluttering your basement or attic?

One reader expressed curiosity about whether old electronics retain any value.

"Do you have any idea of the second-hand value of a hi-fi system consisting of a Dynaco pre-amp, power-amp and FM tuner, kit-built and all tube, with a Thorens turntable and Shure SME arm, with 2 ARX speakers from 1968?"

This day in history: Aug. 14, 2014

Today is Thursday, August 14, the 226th day of 2014. There are 139 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On August 14, 1944, the federal government allowed the manufacture of certain domestic appliances, such as electric ranges and vacuum cleaners, to resume on a limited basis.

On this date:

In 1848, the Oregon Territory was created.

Salute to veterans: Anzelmo saw war up close

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CHAMPAIGN — Carlo Anzelmo drives a Korean car.

To him, the Hyundai is a reminder of how South Korea was when he spent 16 months there — sometimes under mortar fire — and how it is now.

"Seoul is so prosperous now. It's so different from how it was in the war," he says.

Music Q&A: Cole Rabenort of the Fights

This week, Paul Wood chats with Cole Rabenort of the Fights, which also includes Clayton Deering, Nicholas Stine, David Pride and Joe Gerard. They've just released "Off Your Horse" on Parasol Records

Tell us about "Off Your Horse," your first full-length album.

Top of the Morning, Aug. 14, 2014

The star of Sunday's Hymn Festival in Gibson City is on the tall side, a bit overweight and is as popular as the town's high school football team.

While you might have to squeeze into a pew at United Methodist Church to get a good look at the monstrous 100-year-old Moller pipe organ, you could be strolling Sangamon Avenue and still hear it.

Younger Generation: Celebrating the achievements of young adults

4-H Expo

More than 150 Champaign County 4-H members exhibited the mastery of their 4-H project skills at 4-H Project Expo on July 18-19 at the Champaign County Fairgrounds. More than 500 projects were exhibited in Kesler Hall at the fairgrounds and that resulted in 42 4-H members being selected for Illinois State Fair.

My Amish Home: A week of work, worry and blunder

"For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus: That ye may be with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ." Romans 15:4-6

This day in history: Aug. 13, 2014

Today is Wednesday, August. 13, the 225th day of 2014. There are 140 days left in the year.

Today's highlight:

On Aug. 13, 1934, the satirical comic strip "Li'l Abner," created by Al Capp, made its debut.

On this date:

In 1624, King Louis XIII of France appointed Cardinal Richelieu his first minister.

Neighbors: Recognizing accomplishments in our communities


The cities of Champaign and Urbana, along with the 2014 Champaign-Urbana International Humanitarian Awards Steering Committee, have selected Carl W. Burkybile and Jackie Corlett Johnson to receive Champaign-Urbana Humanitarian Awards. Visit Champaign County AgriTours Illinois Program will receive an award as an organization.

Illinois Ancestors: Book details Greece's wartime past

Why does an author choose to publish a family story as a novel rather than a biography? Perhaps the reading public is more apt to pick up and read a love story rather than a family story? Often, however, that love story IS the family's story. Such is the case of the beautifully written new book by Yvette Manessis Corporon, "When the Cypress Whispers."