Those Who Served | Civilian taught soldiers language key in wartime

CHAMPAIGN — Not everybody who helps the U.S. cause in war wears a uniform.

Frances Schneider was a civilian instructor in World War II, teaching Morse code to enlisted men at Scott Field in Belleville.

She just turned 100, and she can still run off Morse code in her musical style, which helped her memorize it.

"I could go through the whole alphabet for you," she said.

Report: Public schools pay presidents a pretty penny

A dozen public university presidents have total compensation packages exceeding $1 million, reflecting continued growth in executive compensation at the nation's colleges, a new report says.

Area history, July 16, 2018

Today is Monday, July 16, 2018. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1918, local food administrator R. D. Burnham declared that beef could only be served between 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays and between 5 and 9 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

This day in history, July 16, 2018

Today is Monday, July 16, the 197th day of 2018. There are 168 days left in the year.

Today's highlight

Those Who Served: Frances Schneider

Frances Schneider, 100, talks about befriending Champaign native Tech Sgt. John C. O'Donnell during  her time as a civilian instructor teaching Morse Code to enlisted men at Scott Field in Belleville during World War II.

Top of the Morning, July 16, 2018

Not two weeks after I looked at the biggest stories of 2018 on our website, a new entry has quickly climbed into second place and is knocking the door for most pageviews.

Homer's Gracyn Allen wins the crown at Champaign County Fair Queen pageant

CHAMPAIGN — As Gracyn Allen prepared for Sunday's Miss Champaign County Fair Queen pageant, the 17-year-old Homer girl attached an American flag to the back of her blue swimsuit for good luck.

The flag must have worked, as Allen emerged from a field of seven young women to be crowned the 2018 Miss Champaign County Fair Queen at City Center in downtown Champaign.

2018 Champaign County Fair Pageant

2018 Miss Champaign County Fair Queen Pageant, Sunday, July 15, 2018 at the City Center. Gracyn Allen of Homer was the winner. 

Kevin Anderson loses in Wimbledon final

KEVIN ANDERSON VS. NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Wimbledon final, Djokovic wins in straight sets

The magical run at Wimbledon for Kevin Anderson has ended.

The former Illini lost in straight sets to Novak Djokovic during Sunday's championship match in front of a capacity crowd at Centre Court despite a valiant effort in the third set.

Church still waiting on reward for Pendleton case tip

EDDYVILLE — Two days after John Kunath told police he believed Dracy Pendleton had broken into his church, the man who shot a Mahomet police officer was spotted near the church cemetery and died in a gunfight.

Two years later, Kunath, 74, has yet to receive a penny of the FBI's $10,000 reward or the Champaign County Crime Stoppers' $1,000 reward, and he doesn't understand why.