Illinois Ancestors: Illinois Civil War flags preserved

Anyone with an Illinois ancestor who participated in the Civil War should be aware of the flags carried by that veteran's unit.

Students create app to track kindergarten readiness

CHAMPAIGN — The United Way has a new app for parents of young children, and it was created this summer by students who were learning themselves.

Working on a strictly volunteer basis — not even for college credit — a total of about 20 Parkland and University of Illinois students built an app this summer to help parents learn about and track their children's kindergarten readiness.

Human Kinetics acquires Arizona firm to boost online courses

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign-based Human Kinetics has acquired an Arizona-based company that provides continuing education products for health and fitness professionals.

GE Lighting to add 30 jobs at Mattoon plant

MATTOON — GE Lighting plans to add 30 jobs at its Mattoon Lamp Plant as a result of increased customer demand for energy-efficient bulbs and an investment in new equipment, the company said Thursday.

The plant, which currently employs 205, produces halogen capsules and assembles energy-efficient soft white bulbs and other types of lighting.

Rich Warren: Very few alternatives to iPods

The battery of my first-generation Apple iPod Nano charged for its final time. I also bought the next generation of Nano but left it in a drawer, so the battery completely died after five years of disuse. Apple makes replacing the battery nearly as expensive as buying a new player.

Half Century of Progress show brings in farming enthusiasts

Editor's note: WDWS agriculture director Dave Gentry will broadcast live reports Thursday and Friday from the Half Century of Progress show during the DWS News Hour, which airs from 4 to 5 p.m. He will also host a live program from the Rantoul Aviation Center from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Danville police gather information on security cameras

DANVILLE — Shortly after receiving a call for an armed robbery at First Midwest Bank's main branch on the morning of Aug. 12, police had a vivid description of the suspect thanks to video surveillance taken by the bank's security camera.

They later tracked down another clue — a picture of the getaway vehicle — also captured on a security camera.

Ameren opens smart-grid test facility near UI

CHAMPAIGN — Ameren Illinois has opened a $3.3 million testing facility near the University of Illinois campus that companies can use to try out smart-grid technologies on a live grid.

The utility's new Technology Applications Center, at 2001 Griffith Drive, C, is equipped with a substation and two distribution circuit feeders.

Danville industries offer tour

DANVILLE — The public can get a rare, behind-the-scenes look into the high-tech world of manufacturing at five Danville industries during the first Vermilion County Tour of Industries on Saturday.

Illinois Ancestors: O'Sullivan family traced to Irish royals

Any early history of a family is intertwined with the history of the area where that family lived. The O'Sullivans are considered one of the oldest documented royal families on record, and William Randolph McCreight's research provides details of early history of Ireland and that family.