In the kickoff of a new occasional Sunday series of guest columns from locals doing interesting things overseas, 2009 Mahomet-Seymour High School grad CHRIS STARBIRD checks in from Ukraine, where he and wife JESSICA are spending two years as Peace Corps volunteers.

We couldn’t have asked for a nicer day for a little trip. Last week, Michael said, “Mary, we don’t have time to take a vacation.” But my logic won my husband over: “We get an extra hour back for daylight-saving time.” Besides, Indianapolis is only a short jaunt, and we were headed for the zo…

Angus Gardner, who turns 85 on Nov. 11, always has wanted to make it to Walt Disney World. This weekend, the Champaign man gets his wish.

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Coming Wednesday night on NBC: the season premiere of the network’s ‘One Chicago’ franchise — ‘Chicago Med’ at 7, ‘Chicago Fire’ at 8, ‘Chicago PD’ at 9. With the shows all filmed in the Windy City, we asked cast members: You have a day off from shooting. Where are you spending it?

George Hess of Ivesdale has heard about his likeness to literary great Ernest Hemingway enough that he spent part of his vacation at the 39th Hemingway Days in Key West, Fla., looking to make it official.

On our second day in the Bay Area, we hopped on the train with Ellis, our youngest, and rode into to San Francisco. The first stop was the aquarium. As much as we liked to walk along the bay, looking at boats big and small, it was hot, so it was very nice to duck into the air conditioning an…

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao (AP) — Authorities in Curacao say 318 people aboard a Church of Scientology ship docked in the Dutch Caribbean island will remain quarantined at least until Wednesday while they determine how many might be infected with measles.

A wind advisory will be in effect for Ford and Iroquois Counties from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Friday.The National Weather Service says that winds could gust up to 45 miles per hour, which will make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.

It wasn't just the tour of the U.S. Capitol or walk by the White House or visit to the Smithsonian that thrilled the kids from the Boyz2Men Mentoring Program. Simply driving from Champaign to Washington, D.C., over spring break was pretty cool, too.

EVENTSThis weekendRODNEY CARRINGTONWhat: The multitalented comedian, actor and writer will perform live in concert.When: 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 28.Where: Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., C.Cost:Reserved seating tickets, $44.75; special VIP packages, $179.75. Additional $5 per ticket processing fees apply (online only).

Staff writer Paul Wood chats with the tech expert at meShare in Champaign about her side project, Moon Grove Farm, a bed-and-breakfast and you-pick flower farm she and husband Mike started in November 2017 in Mahomet.

EVENTSThis weekendDINNER, AUCTION AND ENTERTAINMENTWhat: An evening of entertainment with performances by the award-winning Redcoats, Radiant Reds and Green Machine show choirs, the Red Peppers jazz band and the North Ridge orchestra, live and silent auctions, and a spaghetti dinner. All proceeds support the North Ridge Performing Arts Students.