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First day of Danville municipal election filings shakes out as expected

DANVILLE — There were no surprises among the filings Monday for those seeking to run for Danville mayor and city council next year.

As expected, acting Mayor Rickey Williams Jr. filed his petitions for mayor Monday morning at the Danville Election Commission's office. He will be joined in the mayoral race by Donald Crews Jr., a city code-enforcement inspector.

That's the ticket: Sages sell out

Monticello athletic director Dan Sheehan enlisted the help of 11 students on Monday morning to help sell the 1,000 tickets the Sages were allotted for Friday's 4 p.m. Class 3A state championship against Byron.

He's thankful he did.

The tickets sold out within three hours, and the students sold over 400 articles of "state bound" apparel.

UPDATE: No one hurt in kitchen fire at Champaign home

UPDATE, 11:17 a.m. Monday:

CHAMPAIGN — Two residents will be living elsewhere for a couple days after some food that was left unattended on the stove caused a fire Monday in their kitchen. No one was hurt.

Crime Stoppers | 2 sought in connection with credit card theft

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign County Crime Stoppers needs help finding two men involved in stealing and using credit cards.

About 1:20 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4, a man stole a wallet from a woman's cart as she shopped at Aldi, 801 W. Interstate Drive. Shortly after, the woman was notified by her bank of $1,467 in charges made at Target, 2102 N. Prospect Ave., C.

Those Who Served | Surviving the Battle of Holy Week in Iraq

For more stories from area veterans, head over to our new site, "A Salute to Those Who Served."

MAHOMET — Maj. Mike Kessel gives God credit for saving him in Iraq after a series of ambushes.

Top of the Morning, Nov. 19, 2018

Thanksgiving week updates from News-Gazette Media:

Perhaps the most popular paper of the year — Thursday's Thanksgiving extravaganza that includes 6.2 pounds of Black Friday advertising — will hit doorsteps by 7 a.m. Thursday.

Single copies could be ready for sale as early as 4 a.m.

This day in history, Nov. 19, 2018

Today is Monday, Nov. 19, the 323rd day of 2018. There are 42 days left in the year.

Today's highlight

On Nov. 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln dedicated a national cemetery at the site of the Civil War battlefield of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania.

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Area history, Nov. 19, 2018

Today is Monday, Nov. 19, 2018. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1918, the Students' Army Training Corps at the University of Illinois learned it would not be disbanded until June 30, 1919.

UPDATE: Gunfire from 1 car hits another, leaving woman in critical condition

CHAMPAIGN — An early-morning shooting Sunday — from one speeding car into another — left a 25-year-old woman with life-threatening injuries and residents of a north Champaign neighborhood frightened and frustrated.