At Home in Central Illinois

Preserving nature

Venture just an hour south of Champaign-Urbana and you probably wouldn’t expect to see breathtaking views of rolling ravines that look like something you would might find in the hills of Tennessee.

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Hunan Fine Asian Cuisine

Mattoon’s Hunan Fine Asian Cuisine began with owners Tom Wu and Mae Chen, who emigrated from Taiwan in 1980 to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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10 Hours in … Charleston

A whirlwind trip through the community ...

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Detoxes and cleanses

As a new year begins, people often focus on various forms of self-improvement, and chief among those are usually getting healthy and losing weight.

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Charleston

Whether you enjoy culture, festivals, history or nature, Charleston has something for you.

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A pretty old lady

About a year ago, my daughter was getting married, and I was tired of paying the high taxes in Mahomet.

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Charming and imaginative

You might call Frank and Lynne Titus’ Gibson City house the Anne of Green Gables of homes -- charming and imaginative.

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English eccentricity

This 1940s house in Hoopeston’s southeast corner had a unique exterior, but for owners Arik and Ashlee Bruens, the focus was just as much on decorating the interior to make it one-of-a-kind.

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Bavarian fun comes to Central Illinois

A little bit of Bavaria came to the Twin Cities Oct. 6 when the sixth annual C-U Oktoberfest benefit for Developmental Services Center was held in downtown Champaign.

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Baring her soul … and starting a dialogue

Local author Claudette McIntosh has a true story of survival.

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