Simple recipes for eating with honors after graduation

After the graduation ceremony, families typically invite family and friends back to the house or to the nearest park for a celebration.

Sometimes the grill's the centerpiece, with burgers and all the sides, and sometimes the after-graduation parties focus on nibbles. If you're interested in the latter – to preclude having to wash dishes and silverware – consider some of these recipes for party foods. They range from light snacks like sweet, spicy nuts to meatballs and veggie pizzas.

Fresh fruits, vegetables readily available in area

It's the season we've been waiting for – local homegrown vegetables and fruits being sold at farmers' markets.

Here's a directory of ones in our area. You might want to clip and save and put on your refrigerator so you don't forget the days and times.

Advance ticket sales booming for 'Terminator Salvation'

Fans of the "Terminator" franchise are buying tickets in advance of Thursday's midnight showing of "Terminator Salvation" at the Savoy 16 theater.

Assistant Manager Kya Gream said she has four prints available for the Christian Bale film, which continues the man-vs.-machine series begun 25 years ago.

Savoy trustees get details about AT&T's U-verse

SAVOY – AT&T representative John Quinn answered questions from the village board Wednesday about U-verse – the company's new Internet Protocol network – which will be offered starting this summer to selected parts of Savoy as well as Champaign, Urbana and Danville.

The network will provide services, which AT&T said are a competitive alternative to cable, such as Internet-based TV, high-quality videos and games.

Proposed wind farm ordinance advances to full county board

URBANA – An ordinance to regulate wind farms in Champaign County will go to the full county board later this month.

Members of the county's Environment and Land Use Committee voted unanimously Monday night to send the ordinance to the county board for its May 21 meeting.

Associate director picked for research park

CHAMPAIGN – Laura Frerichs has been named associate director of the University of Illinois Research Park and its business incubator, EnterpriseWorks, effective June 16.

Forums to be held on creating plan for broadband program

URBANA – Public forums will be held on creation of a local plan for a possible high-speed Internet program in Champaign-Urbana.

The Broadband Access Committee of the Champaign-Urbana Cable Television and Telecommunications Commission will host the first forum at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Lewis Auditorium of the Urbana Free Library, 210 W. Green St., U. Another forum is set for 7 p.m. May 21 at the Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St., C.

Abbott Labs leasing space in UI research park

CHAMPAIGN – Pharmaceutical and nutritional products company Abbott Laboratories is expected to move into the University of Illinois Research Park this July.

Uni High team wins science, technology competition

URBANA – A team of four students at University Laboratory High School in Urbana placed first Sunday in the 17th annual Toshiba/National Science Teachers Association ExploraVision Awards Program.

Sponsored by Toshiba and administered by the National Science Teachers Association, the ExploraVision program is the world's largest K-12 science and technology competition. This year, the program received 4,388 team entries representing the participation of 13,774 students from across the United States and Canada.

Durbin forms panel to review Central District applicants

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin announced Monday the formation of a panel to review applications for the U.S. attorney and U.S. marshal positions for the Central District of Illinois, which includes all of East Central Illinois.

But there has been no word that either U.S. Attorney Rodger Heaton or U.S. Marshal Steven Deatherage will be replaced, said Joe Shoemaker, a spokesman for Durbin.