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2008-10-06 21:00:26

By Phyllis Coulter NORMAL - If you've always wanted to name a building, now is your chance. Starting today people will have a chance to suggest names for two school in the Normal-based Unit 5 school district. "Naming a school is a real exciting opportunity," said Unit 5 spokeswoman Dayna Brown, facilitator for a committee charged with naming school's for the Normal-based district. "Naming brings an identity to a school." Three schools will be built as part of a $96.7 million...

2008-09-12 21:00:26

By PANTAGRAPH STAFF BLOOMINGTON - An event next week will recognize women's achievements in business and honor the recipient of the 2008 Athena Award. The Women's Division of the McLean County Chamber of Commerce will present the award at the 6 p.m. Thursday dinner at the Parke Hotel & Conference Center in Bloomington. A pre-event reception will be at 5:15 p.m. The keynote speaker is Linda Garbe, president of The Garbe Creative Group in Towanda. The cost to attend is $45. Today...

2008-08-22 21:00:22

Graduates Hope College BLOOMINGTON Two area residents were on a list of recent Hope College, Holland, Mich., bachelor's degree recipients who have been awarded graduation honors.Area cum laude graduates are:Bloomington Jennifer Knight.Flanagan Sarah Roeschley. SIUC CARBONDALE Emily J. Fitzgerald received her master of accountancy degree with a specialization in taxation from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale on Aug. 2. She earned a bachelor of science in accounting in May...

2008-08-21 21:00:35

Today Community- Resource information fair for seniors; 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Eureka Nazarene Church fellowship hall. Sponsored by Woodford County TRIAD and Eureka Public Library's "Prime Time." Disaster preparedness seminar, 10 a.m.; lunch stand open, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.- U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson mobile office hours; 10:30 a.m. to noon, Clinton City Hall; 1 to 2:30 p.m., Weldon Library; and 3 to 4:30 p.m., Farmer City City Hall.- Twin City Tale Spinners; 6:30 p.m., Bloomington Public Library...

2008-08-11 21:00:25

By Scott Richardson Conservation World is one of the big draws to the Illinois State Fair in Springfield through Aug. 17. Back again are the Scheer's Lumberjack Show, kids fishing and casting activities, a Bass Tub featuring fish from around the state, youth archery and shooting skills ranges, Voyager canoe rides, bird shows and a popular Wild West show. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources hosts the 30-acre park on the northwest corner of the state fairgrounds. Hours are 10...

2008-08-11 21:00:25

By Scott Richardson;srichardson@pantagraph.com The Nature Conservancy has transferred the 720-acre Chinquapin Bluffs Natural Area in Woodford County and the 60-acre Henline Creek Natural Area in northern McLean County to the ParkLands Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and restoring natural areas based in Mclean County. ParkLands officials said the Chinquapin will become part of the group's Mackinaw Bluffs Corridor Project to restore about 1,500 acres of habitat...

2008-08-05 21:00:11

Theater ACT season-closer GIBSON CITY - ACT Theatre Company closes its 2008 summer season with a dinner performance of the musical, "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change." Doors for the show open at 6 p.m. Aug. 15, with dinner served at 6:30 p.m. at Percfection Coffee House in Gibson City. The run continues Aug. 16, 22 and 23. The show celebrates the mating game and takes on the truths and myths of relationships. From dating and waiting to love and marriage, complete with in-laws,...

2008-08-01 21:00:31

By Phyllis Coulter BLOOMINGTON - Forty feet above ground, Amanda Hapgood was almost ready to move. "This is a little out of the comfort zone for an 11-year English teacher," Hapgood said once she was off the platform and back on terra firma at Timber Pointe Outdoor Center. The Olympia High School English and journalism teacher was one of five language art teachers-turned-students as part of a two-week Adventure Challenge that used high ropes, other climbing equipment and physical...

2008-07-31 21:00:27

Historic DC-3 here for fundraiser BLOOMINGTON - A Herpa DC-3 will be at the Prairie Aviation Museum today during the museum's monthly fundraising dinner at the former terminal building of Central Illinois Regional Airport. The DC-3 was one of the first owned by Ozark Airlines and flew regularly into the Bloomington airport during the 1950s and 1960s. The craft is owned and operated by Dan Gryder, a pilot for Delta Airlines. Gryder and Jeff Pritchard will present an aviation-themed music...


Word of the Day
conjunto
  • A style of popular dance music originating along the border between Texas and Mexico, characterized by the use of accordion, drums, and 12-string bass guitar and traditionally based on polka, waltz, and bolero rhythms.
The word 'conjunto' comes through Spanish, from Latin coniūnctus, past participle of coniungere, to join together; see conjoin