'If you think you can do it, you can'

DANVILLE — Four days into designing an insect-themed pinball machine and building it with cardboard, a cereal box and parts of an old DVD player, 9-year-old Angolina Anderson and 8-year-old Carter Block were ready to attach a main feature.

Safety comes first on the Midway

URBANA — The day before the Midway's hair-raising new ride debuted at the Champaign County Fair, the mighty Cliffhanger went round and round for a private audience of one: an inspector with the Illinois Department of Labor.

Rich Warren: Finding media services can be bundle of trouble

Aereo, an advanced technology service that allowed residents of major cities to watch local TV stations via computer, smartphone or tablet, suffered bad reception from the Supreme Court. Unlike local cable companies, Aereo paid no royalties to broadcasters for relaying their programming, which greatly riled them.

Illinois Ancestors: New Irish Lives Remembered online

The July/August edition of Irish Lives Remembered Genealogy e-Magazine is now available free on the Internet at The cover story spotlights actor George Clooney, whose Irish ancestors left County Kilkenny and settled in Kentucky.

Danville schools? There's an app - and new web design - for that

Last week, after six months’ work, the Danville school district launched a redesigned website and new School Connect phone application to better communicate with parents, students and the community.

“We’re really excited. We were in desperate need of a new one,” webmaster DeWayne Towe said of

Woman's online magazine aimed at young adults with cancer, other health concerns

CHAMPAIGN — By the time she'd reached her mid-20s, Mallory Casperson had taken care of her mom with cancer and become a cancer patient herself.

So she knows a thing or two about what young adults can go through dealing with the disease at a time life tends to be in transition and the kind of support they need can be hard to find.

Future Five: Entertainment for the week ahead

From radio-controlled airplanes to sunset sounds - and a demolition derby - Tim Mitchell's entertainment recommendations for the week ahead.

Regulators look at increased drone use

By Claire Everett and Robert Holly/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting

DECATUR — Rather than a field of dreams, it looks like the future of farms is a field of drones.

Experts predict that the agriculture industry may soon account for roughly half of all drone flights in the United States.

Rich Warren: Channeling thoughts on antennas

Queries continue about antennas for TV reception. Usually we refer readers to Jesse Swinderman.

Recently, Jesse discussed his involvement with antennas, referring to erecting TV antennas as a thankless task.

Illinois Ancestors: Mennonite ancestry in database

The California Mennonite Historical Society has created The GRANDMA database (Genealogical Registry And Database of Mennonite Ancestry) with information on over a million individuals, "most of whose ancestral lines can be traced to Mennonite communities in Prussia (now Poland) and South Russia (now Ukraine.)" For more information on this project, visit