Tuscola invested about $8,000 in a spiffy 'Welcome To Tuscola' sign that went up a couple weeks ago along U.S. 36 on the east side of town in the hope it lures visitors to attractions like the outlet mall, downtown and Ervin Park.

Thanks to the continued volunteer efforts of C-U Sunrise Rotary, the Decker Garden — a colorful ode to late Champaign Central music teacher Don Decker — continues to flourish at Mattis Park.

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Tuscola invested about $8,000 in a spiffy 'Welcome To Tuscola' sign that went up a couple weeks ago along U.S. 36 on the east side of town in the hope it lures visitors to attractions like the outlet mall, downtown and Ervin Park.

Thanks to the continued volunteer efforts of C-U Sunrise Rotary, the Decker Garden — a colorful ode to late Champaign Central music teacher Don Decker — continues to flourish at Mattis Park.

The star of the show weighs 700 pounds, stands 4 foot tall and poops a lot. See for yourself at 2 p.m. today when — back by popular demand — the Cow Drop returns to the Tolono Fun Days.

FITHIAN — The village of Fithian is holding a gun raffle to raise money for new playground equipment at Brentlinger Memorial Park.Tickets are $20 apiece and are available at The Hideaway Slots, 101 N. Jefferson St., Fithian, and BFF Firearms, 50 S. College St., Danville.

BLOOMINGTON (AP) — A camp to help children deal with asthma will be offered next week in central Illinois.The free "Attack Asthma Camp" is open to children in kindergarten through 5th grade . It aims to increase knowledge about asthma and asthma-control techniques.

WAUCONDA (AP) — A Civil War re-enactment at a northeastern Illinois forest preserve is back on after the event was temporarily canceled by a county official over questions of its value, as well as the use of the Confederate flag.

DU QUOIN (AP) — The Du Quoin State Fair in southern Illinois is dropping a $2 entry fee.The admission fee for people 13 and older was started in 2016. Fair manager Josh Gross and John Sullivan, the head of the Illinois Agriculture Department, said they heard many complaints.

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Abraham Lincoln history buffs will have the chance to learn more about the courtship and marriage of Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd.The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is hosting tours over the summer that will let visitors learn about their unexpected romance.It's called "Abe and Mary: Quite Contrary."

Where shall I begin? Should the story start with Michael on the roof? Or the pies? Baby chicks? Maybe I should start with the birthday croissants, but if you know Ursula, the bad dog, at all, you already know the end of that story, which involved an exuberant but solitary celebration of fancy carbs.

The grass in Birdland had not been mowed, and Michael and I were walking around with our coffee. Most mornings find me with my husband, taking a turn in the yard to see what is blooming, what needs to be weeded or fixed.