CUB, AARP urge preservation of land lines in Illinois

CHAMPAIGN — The Citizens Utility Board and AARP Illinois are urging residents to call state legislators and ask them to preserve land-line phone service in Illinois.

Area schools in national effort to get kids to learn computer code

HOOPESTON — If you had peeked into the John Greer Elementary School library on Thursday morning, you may have thought that fifth- and sixth-graders were playing "Angry Birds" or Disney-movie-themed video games on their Chromebooks.

Rich Warren: Looking for a deal? Wait till the New Year

For those who participated in retail madness over the Thanksgiving weekend, may you enjoy the fruits of your mania. I saw very few advertised "black Friday" electronics specials that were truly special.

'To live a life well blessed'

DANVILLE — Danville Area Community College will be able to keep its competitive edge in manufacturing education and training thanks to a $3 million wing opening to students next month.

On Wednesday, about 150 people got a sneak peek at the Julius W. Hegeler II Advanced Technology Center at a ceremony to dedicate the wing and honor the DACC Foundation board member who made it possible.

Illinois Ancestors: U.S. offers guide for American Indian research

The U.S. Department of the Interior has a helpful 10-page booklet on the Internet, "Guide to Tracing Your American Indian Ancestry," at Whether one wishes to "verify a family tradition" or "just learn more," this publication can be most helpful.

Obiter changes business model to adapt

CHAMPAIGN — In the labs and offices of Obiter Research, chemist Bill Boulanger and his brother Chad are refining their formula for business success.

Twitter behavior a growing challenge for school officials

When in doubt, write it out.

But don't click "tweet."

That's the advice Armstrong Township Principal Darren Loschen gives his high school students when it comes to expressing themselves on Twitter.

Updated: Urbana native Hopkins works on Orion spacecraft project

From The Associated Press:

Presidential project was a bust

Paul Debevec isn't allowed to say exactly when he went to the White House to help make a 3D scan of President Barack Obama. He can only reveal it was some time last year.

But the 1988 University Laboratory High School grad can talk now about how the portrait, believed to be the first made in 3D of a sitting head of state, came together.

Rich Warren: Presenting some gift advice

'Tis better to give than to receive. Yet, what if what you give already was received, or perhaps not ideal for the recipient? Most storefront retailers and some online sellers are tightening the screws on returns, even for gifts. When purchasing an electronic gift or something for yourself, be very sure to document a merchant's return policies.