Area history, Dec. 18, 2014

Today is Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

12 stories of Christmas, Day 6

DANVILLE — For the past year and a half, he's worked anonymously to provide students at Garfield Elementary School with warm clothing.

But on Wednesday, Bob Grossman unexpectedly found himself in the spotlight at the Danville school's Christmas program.

No change in credit union ratings during quarter

No area credit unions were upgraded or downgraded in the latest evaluation by BauerFinancial, based on regulatory data from the quarter ending Sept. 30.

Twenty area credit unions rated by BauerFinancial retained the ratings they had for the quarter that ended June 30.

Go figure: A numerical look at local headlines, Dec. 18, 2014

Go figure: A numerical look at local headlines


Where the next rock act coming to Champaign-Urbana ranks on the Recording Industry Association of America's top-selling artists list, higher than Linda Ronstadt, Frank Sinatra and Britney Spears.

Urbana school board considers renaming Prairie for Williams

Is this a good idea? Tell Urbana's Tom Kacich here

URBANA — Prairie Elementary parent Pam Williams thinks renaming the building in honor of a former Urbana district superintendent will bring her child's great school to the next level.

Top of the Morning, Dec. 18, 2014

As the chronicler of crime and court news, I often find myself in the defensive posture of "don't shoot the messenger."

This week, I was thrilled to be the messenger for a woman who contacted me wanting to anonymously help out Loretta Williams, a Champaign woman raising her two grandsons in the wake of her daughter's violent death more than a year ago.

Champaign electoral board makes rulings official

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign's electoral board Wednesday adopted written decisions that overturn objections to the nomination papers of two mayoral candidates, ensuring that voters will have a four-way race for mayor next spring.

200 attend formal hearing on proposed mine

SIDELL — About 200 people poured into the Jamaica High School gymnasium Wednesday night to tell state officials why Sunrise Coal should, or shouldn't, be allowed to develop an underground mine in southwest Vermilion County.

Homer looking for water leaks

HOMER — The village is looking to do something about its water issues.

Homer had 1,753,454 unaccounted-for gallons in November, representing 48 percent of water usage in the whole village that month.

Georgetown considers body cameras, new squad-car cameras

GEORGETOWN — City Clerk Jeanie Swalls said the police department is looking into purchasing five body cameras and four car cameras.