Chris Miller always knew he wanted to build houses. He started as a carpenter at age 14.

“I grew up in it. I always knew I wanted to do this,” he said from his Savoy business. “I’m constantly thinking about designing, building and selling homes.”

His company, Chris Miller Construction has 19 homes going up.

“We built 15 last year,” he said.

This coming year, the company estimates they will build at least 30 homes.


       Michael and Karen Brian will never forget that autumn day they went to celebrate his birthday in Champaign. They wanted to get a couple of steaks, so they set-out from their rural Tuscola home to make their way to the Twin-Cities that Sunday in November.

Home-the heart of friends and family!

Debbie Mitchell knows that home is about family. She also knows it’s about friends, too.

Joyce Changnon, Mitchell’s best friend for 37 years stands close by.

“We’re just really, really…,” Mitchell said.

“Yes, we’re really close,” Changnon said at almost the same time.

The two friends stood in Mitchell’s kitchen. They were dressed almost alike: sandals, blue denim jeans and white cotton peasant-like blouses. They didn’t plan for that, either.

“We often finish each other’s sentences,” Mitchell said.

Bloom and grow!

When Sharon Shelley talked about the purchase of their 30-year-old Champaign home, she laughed. Her husband, Clarence Shelley, known as ‘Shelley’, was surprised when she suggested that they remodel their ranch home.