Joan Griffis/Illinois Ancestors: Preserve memories in a photo book

The attractive hardcover book with 20 pages filled with photographs taken over a lifetime was a wonderful surprise birthday gift for the elderly recipient. It was learned that the donor truly enjoyed selecting photos from collections already stored on her computer.

Wired In: Leslie Gilliard

On Sundays, staff writer Paul Wood spotlights a high-tech difference maker. This week, meet Leslie Gilliard, 30, CEO and founder of Nardo Technology, which develops rapid and accurate electrochemical sensors for forensic, food safety, agriculture and environmental testing markets. She is finishing up her doctorate at the University of Illinois.


New surgery keeping epileptics seizure-free

CHAMPAIGN — For Kristen Neaville, life from her early teens through college was full of unexplained episodes of staring off into space, feelings of fear and troubles with her memory.

"I tried so hard at school. I probably studied harder than an A-plus student," she recalled.

Area update: St. Joe Legion proposing memorial for veterans

ST. JOSEPH — The St. Joseph American Legion is proposing a veterans memorial, to be placed at the sports complex on the east side of the village.

Go figure: March 25, 2016

A numerical look at local headlines


What do Pope Francis, Bono, John Legend and 1996 University of Illinois grad Reshma Saujani have in common?

All appear on a wide-ranging new list from the folks at Fortune Magazine — the 50 greatest leaders in the world.

Joan Griffis/Illinois Ancestors: Top 100 genealogy websites of 2016 listed

GenealogyInTime Magazine has posted the 2016 list of Top 100 Genealogy Websites at

DACC board to vote on tuition increase

DANVILLE — Students may have to dig a little deeper in their pockets to attend Danville Area Community College later this year.

DACC trustees are set to vote on a proposed $10 per-credit-hour tuition increase at their meeting on Tuesday.

Top of the morning, March 22, 2016

On Monday, Twitter turned 10 years old. No better time for an update on our many accounts.


Our most popular handle with 23,588 followers. That's up from 3,088 followers five years ago.


Wired In: Lori Gold Patterson

On Sundays, staff writer Paul Wood spotlights a high-tech difference maker. This week, meet Lori Gold Patterson, 50, founder and CEO of fast-growing Pixo in Urbana. 


Her company creates software and has provided business consulting to over 450 startups and established organizations. She has managed projects as large as $5 million.

'This is payback time'

DANVILLE — As a first lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force, Julius W. Hegeler II flew 70 combat missions in the Korean War, including the last.

Later, he helped build a company that would become the world's largest contract packager of chemical specialties and one of Vermilion County's largest employers.