Phil Bloomer

Phil Bloomer

Carolers urge Johnson to take a stance on fiscal cliff

Traditional holiday music had a political twist to it on Thursday at a local Congressman's office as lawmakers in Washington continue to try and reach a deal on the fiscal cliff.

Veterans, others gather for unveiling of World War II book

URBANA — Some of the stories brought smiles, others caused tears to well. But all the recollections at a Veterans Day event Friday had the intended effect: to remember, respect and revere those who have served their country.

"Does anybody remember leg-do?" Phil Bloomer asked the 200 or so audience members at Clark-Lindsey Village in Urbana on Friday afternoon.

History told by those who lived it

I'm the luckiest guy there is.

In 1994, I got to interview my dad for a project for The News-Gazette. We contacted scores of veterans and others for "When We Went to War," a special section we published on June 6, 1994, the 50th anniversary of D-Day.