Weekend Planner: An early wonderland in Mansfield

The village of Mansfield hosts its 16th annual Winter Fest today in the downtown area. Carriage rides, visits with Santa, craft booths and a bunch of food venders will be on hand to help the community start its celebration of winter.

"We want to help people get an early start to their holiday shopping," festival director AMANDA OZEE said.

Tuscola football fans to gather for a big serving of spirit

TUSCOLA — Those making the trip to Athens for today's Class 1A state semifinal football game between Tuscola and the host school will be met by delectable smells just beyond the field.

Area history, Nov. 18, 2017

Today is Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago.

In 1917, Ohio State claimed the Big Ten Conference title after defeating Illinois 13-0 in Columbus. It was the second consecutive conference title for the Buckeyes.

This day in history, Nov. 18, 2017

Today is Saturday, Nov. 18, the 322nd day of 2017. There are 43 days left in the year.

Today's highlight

On Nov. 18, 1942, "The Skin of Our Teeth," Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning allegory about the history of humankind, opened on Broadway.

On this date

In 1883, the United States and Canada adopted a system of standard time zones.

Top of the Morning, Nov. 18, 2017

Our On The Town feature has become so popular, we've added an online option.

Today at, you'll find a photo gallery from this month's Dancing With The C-U Stars, the wildly popular Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club fundraiser.

On The Town: Dancing With the Stars 2017

Dancing With The C-U Stars event in Champaign on Nov. 3, 2017. More than 450 people including Gala Chair Person Christie Ramshaw gathered at The Refinery. Presented by Ramshaw Real Estate. Proceeds from the gala go to the Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club to support After School and Summer Programs impacting over 1,000 youth from the community.

Former Illini great J.C. Caroline dies

Former Illini football star J.C. Caroline, the man Illinois legend Ray Eliot called “ the best all-around athlete I ever had in 26 years of coaching” died Friday at Carle Foundation Hospital. He was 84.

Tuscola man arrested after two pickup trucks stolen in Atwood

ATWOOD — A Tuscola man is in custody after he allegedly stole two pickup trucks with keys left in them Thursday in and near Atwood.

Atwood police Chief Rob Bross said the vehicle thefts led to a "soft lockdown" at Atwood-Hammond Grade School for about 30 minutes until police determined that the alleged thief, Kenton Gingerich, was not in the area.

Tolono man arraigned on federal sex, child-porn charges

URBANA — A Tolono man faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted of federal charges alleging he sexually exploited children and possessed child pornography.

Joshua Lange, 39, of the 300 block of Windstone Drive was arraigned Friday on an indictment returned by a federal grand jury earlier this week. His trial has been tentatively scheduled for Jan. 16 in Urbana.

Man gets 3.5 years for stealing liquor from Memorial Stadium caterer

URBANA — A Champaign man who admitted stealing thousands of dollars worth of liquor from Memorial Stadium last year has been sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison.

In return for Derrick Amos' plea to felony theft, Assistant State's Attorney Bridget Schott dismissed a separate case in which he was charged with four counts of violation of an order of protection.