Network agreement close in Mahomet

MAHOMET — After a discussion spanning months, the village of Mahomet, Mahomet-Seymour schools and Central Illinois Regional Broadband Network are on the road to approving a four-year agreement to provide high-speed Internet access to businesses in Mahomet.

Members of the school board OK'd the agreement this week, with preliminary approval by the village board following a day later.

Joan Griffis: State genealogical association accepting award nominations

Each year the Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) presents awards to individuals/organizations in various categories:

— Community Service Award: Given to an individual, company or institution for service or contributions to genealogy.

Nominations may be made by local genealogical or historical societies.

Summer enrichment program spurs creative thinking

DANVILLE — The object of the video game: Get the superhero through a perilous labyrinth featuring booby traps, a laser field and a hungry crocodile.

Ten-year-old Evelyne Sporluck had no problem guiding her hero, Cat Girl, past the maze's obstacles and on to the next level. After all, she invented it.

Rich Warren: Contract almost up? Now's the time to get a deal

Make them beg.

Your satellite TV provider and possibly even your cable company need you more than you need them. Teaser ads assault you: Receive 100 channels for only $30 a month. Or sign up for phone, Internet and TV and receive all three for only $50 a month.

Then there's the inevitable asterisk.

Pluto drive-by: Out of this world

CHAMPAIGN — Described by his mother as a "complete planet enthusiast," Fletcher Hannah celebrated his 10th birthday last month at Staerkel Planetarium.

The Future Five, July 13, 2015


Engineering-based medical school plans moving forward

URBANA — Negotiators are wrapping up work on an affiliation agreement for the Carle Illinois College of Medicine, a critical step toward winning accreditation and donor support for the new medical school.

Faraway flyby coming to Parkland

Three years ago, even though it would be in the wee hours of a morning, Dave Leake opened Staerkel Planetarium to star-gazers to watch the NASA feed on the Mars rover landing.

"I thought there would be three or four insomniacs here at 2 a.m., but we had standing room only," he remembered.

Rich Warren: Wide band of possible reasons for AM interference

AM radio remains a technology we love to hate. We love its programming found nowhere else, but it sounds dreadful, even when broadcasting talk radio. In a mere five years, commercial AM broadcasting celebrates its centennial. How many other technologies survive that long?

Joan Griffis: 'Evidence Explained' is essential reference

There probably are no other technical genealogical guides that begin by stating, "Step 1. Smile." Author Elizabeth Shown Mills continues, "This manual is hefty. Don't sweat the size. What you are about to learn will help you resolve many research problems."