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2008-10-09 21:00:35

By Phyllis Coulter NORMAL - During homecoming season, schools traditionally celebrate achievements of current students, give a nod to former ones, and reach out to the community. Normal Community High School is doing all that and more. Last year, the school revived its tradition of holding a homecoming parade. This year, students built children's playhouses instead of floats and they'll be auctioned after the parade. Proceeds will go to community causes. The five playhouses honor a...

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...

2008-08-27 00:00:38

By Phyllis Coulter NORMAL - For the most part, school busing went smoothly across the region during the first week of school. Still, Normal-based Unit 5's superintendent would like to see a GPS system introduced where students scan on and off the bus - something he says would improve the system further. Unit 5 and other districts also noticed increased bus ridership produced by increased enrollment and higher gas prices. In Unit 5, two children were in the wrong place at the wrong...

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...

2008-08-04 03:00:12

By Mary Ann Ford, The Pantagraph, Bloomington, Ill. Aug. 4--NORMAL -- David Hands goes to uptown Normal about an hour or so every weekday to use the Wi-Fi connections at The Coffee Hound or The Coffeehouse and Deli. "Wi-Fi brings me downtown," said Hands, owner of Great Clips at the new Constitution Trail Centre in north Normal. His business doesn't have wireless access. But now Hands and others will have several other options for a free connection to the Internet. The town recently...

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...

2008-07-26 18:00:30

By Edith Brady-Lunny and Phyllis Coulter, The Pantagraph, Bloomington, Ill. Jul. 26--URBANA -- A Champaign attorney has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of an Urbana second-grader who was sexually abused by former teacher Jon White. The child, identified as Jane Doe 2, and her mother, Julie Doe 2, are seeking $1 million each from the Normal-based Unit 5 and Urbana school districts for battery related to the abuse. In April, White received a 48-year term from a Champaign County judge...

2008-07-21 03:00:37

By Phyllis Coulter, The Pantagraph, Bloomington, Ill. Jul. 21--BLOOMINGTON -- Tight school budgets over the past few years have changed summer school programs. Traditional summer school programs, "unless self-sustaining" by tuition or state funding, are among the first things to be cut by school districts when an economic crunch comes, said Chuck Harsteil, Unit 5's director of special education. One such self-sustaining program is at University High School in Normal, which now draws...

2008-07-13 06:00:18

By Michele Steinbacher, The Pantagraph, Bloomington, Ill. Jul. 13--NORMAL -- The Sugar Creeks Arts Festival turns 25 this weekend. And true to the style it's developed over the years, both new and old friends browsed the 170-booth juried festival and sale. -- | Despite an early morning shower and late afternoon storm clouds, the fest stayed sunny -- matching the sunshine logo it's carried for a quarter of a century. Among first-time shoppers were Pete and Jessica Terrence of Normal....


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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