UI bringing Chinese language to broadcast booth

CHAMPAIGN — Growing up in his native China, Bruce Lu became a "huge fan" of North American sports.

Rich Warren: Time to get charged up about your batteries

As summer winds down, some warm days remain. Whether summer or winter, beware of the heat. Temperatures above 80 degrees shorten the life of most electronics, especially lithium-ion batteries. Keep all electronics and batteries out of the sun, even on cool days.

Showcase of tradition

RANTOUL — Every two years, members of the I&I Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Club fire up their time machine and take people back to a simpler period on the farm.

That time rolls around again Thursday when the four-day, seventh annual Half Century of Progress show kicks off on the grounds of the Rantoul National Aviation Center.

D-W board takes steps on Internet

DeLAND — The DeLand-Weldon school board voted to upgrade Internet service and took a step toward receiving a substantial reimbursement of phone and Internet service expenses.

Rich Warren: Readers lend a helping hand

Bravo, readers!

Our readers solve issues raised by their fellow readers. Here are some answers to recent queries.

Joan Griffis: Danville to host genealogy workshops

Three genealogy classes will be taught at the Danville Area Community College Community Education facility at the Village Mall next month.

Ronald Sbertoli, genealogist and member of the Illiana Genealogical & Historical Society, will present the following classes from 9 a.m. to noon:

Rich Warren: Electronics can be recycled — or, better yet, reused

Recycling poses challenges these days. Free recycling seems to be drawing to a close and it's more difficult finding recyclers who accept electronics. Nearly all electronics contain some hazardous materials that should not reside in landfills or be buried in the back 40. However, you can recycle most gear in your own home by continuing to use it rather than discarding it.

Joan Griffis: Genealogist overhauls popular website

Megan Smolenyak, well-known "genealogical adventurer and storyteller," has made some changes to her website, making it easier to read her recent blog posts and learn of genealogy news and events.

Durbin stops at UI preaching proposals for research funding

URBANA — Taking his campaign for increased federal funding of basic research to the University of Illinois campus Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin found an eager audience at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications.

Even NASA hears about Rantoul's Space Jam

RANTOUL — Word of mouth about the annual Boy Scout Space Jam event is spread in a variety of ways. Even NASA is getting into the act.

Denny Anderson, Space Jam event coordinator, said people who enter Space Center Houston view a 15-minute film on the anniversary of the International Space Center. One segment of the film is about the Boy Scout event held every August in Rantoul.