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Area history, April 19, 2018

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

In 1918, the University of Illinois lost one more of her patriots, according to reports from Washington. Minor J. Chapin, 19, died in an airplane accident off the coast of England. Chapin was in the navy branch of the air service.

Top of the Morning, April 19, 2018

The president was out of town when Monticello's BOB POYNTON and his popular singing group, The Lettermen, were invited to the White House in 1991.

Not that they missed hobnobbing with GEORGE H.W. BUSH. The first lady made sure of that, rolling out the red carpet before their performance at the Kennedy Center.

This day in history, April 19, 2018

Today is Thursday, April 19, the 109th day of 2018. There are 256 days left in the year.

Today's highlight

Walk for Wishes fundraiser set May 5 at Champaign's West Side Park

CHAMPAIGN — A community event to celebrate local Make-A-Wish kids and raise money to grant wishes for local children battling critical illnesses is planning a fundraiser in early May.

Walk for Wishes Champaign is set for 10 a.m. May 5 at West Side Park in Champaign.

Spokeswoman Janet Bantz Glavin described it as "family-friendly event open to anyone who wishes to attend."

VCCD board against leasing out land for Kennekuk ed center work

DANVILLE — While members of the Vermilion County Conservation District board support finishing an education center building project at Kennekuk County Park, each member spoke out Wednesday night against a plan to lease out park property in order to get it finished.

Shredding, drug-collection event set Saturday at Parkland

CHAMPAIGN — Crime Stoppers of Champaign County and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration are hosting a onestop opportunity Saturday for residents to protect themselves from identity theft and to dispose of unwanted prescription drugs.

Danville barbershop chorus sets spring concert April 28

DANVILLE — The Danville Barbershop Chorus will present its spring concert, "Broadway, Pop & Barbershop," on April 28 at St. James United Methodist Church, 504 N. Vermilion St.

Shows are at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Children under five are free.

Last-minute plea deal heads off 2nd mistrial in 2016 fatal shooting

URBANA — Heading off the possibility of another mistrial, the Champaign County State's Attorney's Office made an offer to an Urbana man accused of first-degree murder to plead guilty to a lesser offense that allows him to be released from prison in about 15 years.

Failure to turn over squad car video leads to mistrial

URBANA — A Champaign County judge Wednesday declared a mistrial for an Urbana man accused of trying to get teen girls in his car because the state failed to turn over squad car videos related to his arrest.

UPDATE: Champaign Bergner's to close by end of August

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CHAMPAIGN — The local Bergner's is expected to close by the end of August after liquidators bought its parent company, Bon-Ton Stores, in a bankruptcy auction.