Area history, Dec. 14, 2017

Today is Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1917, W. Elmer Ekblaw, returned arctic explorer, was to lecture in the University of Illinois Auditoroium. Ekblaw, a 1910 graduate of the UI, was for four years one of the seven members of the Crocker Land Expedition that explored the great white north.

This day in history, Dec. 14, 2017

Today is Thursday, Dec. 14, the 348th day of 2017. There are 17 days left in the year.

Music at 15 E. Main: Saxophonist Seth Anders

Seth Anders of Dalton Halls Band and Whiskey Shadows dropped by the News-Gazette lobby to play some Christmas music on the saxophone for the first performance in The News-Gazette's new video series featuring local musicians.

Music at 15 E. Main: Seth Anders (w/ video)

First up in our series featuring local musicians showcasing their talents in our lobby: Seth Anders, saxophonist in Dalton Halls Band and Whiskey Shadows, who dropped by this week to play holiday favorites "O Holy Night" and "Frosty the Snowman." A few more details:

Top of the Morning, Dec. 14, 2017

The men of Pi Kappa Alpha could be studying for finals today.

Instead, about 100 members of the University of Illinois chapter of the fraternity will make the short drive to Champaign's Garden Hills Elementary School for the annual "Pike Presents," which "really brings everybody's mood up," said SHAWN LEMME, a UI senior from Inverness.

Gun charges against Sidney man dropped for lack of evidence

URBANA — A Sidney man accused of being an armed habitual criminal has been cleared of that charge.

Assistant State's Attorney Matt Banach said he dismissed that charge and another for unlawful possession of weapon by a felon against Tarek Abbed, 39, after analysis of a gun could not establish that it was his.

Shooting near convenience store nets drug, weapons charges

URBANA — A Champaign man accused of shooting another man outside a convenience store Monday night in west Champaign is being held in lieu of $750,000 bond.

Weapons charges dismissed after lack of response from victim

URBANA — Champaign County prosecutor Scott Larson dismissed charges Tuesday against a Champaign man after his alleged victim did not respond to the state's attorney's office's repeated attempts to reach him.

Landmark Hotel auction ends without a buyer

URBANA — After barely moving for more than two days, the bid for the former Landmark Hotel jumped in 36 minutes from $1.45 million to $3.95 million, where it ended up Wednesday afternoon.

But the owner’s reserve price wasn’t met, leaving the hotel still on the market.

Flight lands safely at Willard after pilot smells fumes

SAVOY — After an American Airlines pilot began smelling fumes on a flight headed toward Willard Airport, emergency personnel were put on alert.

But the flight arrived safely around 12:15 p.m., and none of the 18 passengers or three crew members were injured.