American Legion mural drawing praise

DANVILLE — It's still a few days away from being finished.

But a colorful mural of a military honor guard being painted on the front of the American Legion Post 210 building, at 201 Prospect Place, is already drawing lots of "oohs" and "aahs."

Clown's act no laughing matter

URBANA — Attendees of this year's Champaign County Fair rodeo are letting officials know they were disgusted by racist comments made by a rodeo clown during the show.

This day in history: July 31, 2014

Today is Thursday, July 31, the 212th day of 2014.

There are 153 days left in the year.

Today's highlight:

On July 31, 1964, the American space probe Ranger 7 reached the moon, transmitting pictures back to Earth before impacting the lunar surface.

On this date:

Area history, July 31, 2014

Today is Thursday, July 31, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1914: A strike of 50,000 engineers and firemen on 98 railroads operating west of Chicago has been set for Aug. 7. President Woodrow Wilson has made plans to appeal to the patriotism of the managers and employees in an effort to avert a strike.

Novel approach ahead for cancer patient

VILLA GROVE — It was Tom Ryan's smile and kid-at-heart personality that first drew his wife, Staci, when they met at a New Year's Eve party 12 years ago.

Through four struggles with cancer, Tom has remained the same fun-loving guy she loves, Staci says, and even the fifth cancer diagnosis he got recently hasn't dimmed his positive attitude.

Work to make pedestrian access to Stratton safer

CHAMPAIGN — Work is scheduled to begin today on a street and sidewalk project that aims to make getting to school safer for Stratton Elementary students.

Top of the Morning, July 31, 2014

For nearly 15 years at Champaign's Market Place Mall, Mary File made others smile.

Today, it's payback.

The 82-year-old Tolono woman will be honored at the spot she helped make so popular: the carousel. She'd like to be still operating it, but persistent health problems caused her to retire earlier this month.

Davis backs bill on hemp, cannabidiol oil

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, is co-sponsoring a bill that would remove therapeutic hemp and cannabidiol oil from the definition of marijuana, and allow it to be used to treat children and individuals with epilepsy.

Davis is the fourth co-sponsor of HR 5226, introduced Monday by Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa.

Airbus to stop, but could resume in August or September

CHAMPAIGN — MTD Airbus service to Willard Airport will end after Thursday.

But it may resume in August or September, Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District Managing Director Karl Gnadt said Wednesday.

Fifth-Hill group excited to hear Davis' office asking U.S. EPA to check site reports

CHAMPAIGN — The organizer of the Fifth and Hill neighborhood group said on Wednesday that she was excited to hear that U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis' office has asked the EPA to make sure Ameren Illinois did everything it could do in its cleanup of the former site of a manufactured gas plant.

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