Recognize the golf course in this photo?
That’s Lincolnshire Fields Golf Course in the early days, before it expanded west of Interstate 57 — thanks to an easement — and became Champaign-Urbana’s third country club. It was a nine-hole layout that utilized different tee boxes so golfers could fill out an 18-hole scorecard.
For eight years, Megan Blunk has documented her recovery from a near-fatal motorcycle accident that left her paralyzed from the waist down. That diary — kept on an external hard drive — was stolen Monday night from a house she rents in Urbana.
The News-Gazette is fortunate to have a batch of motivated high school students writing for us each Wednesday. Today, Villa Grove senior Karlee Reardon tells of an inspirational assembly that played out in the gym last week (High School Confidential, B-5), including how a teacher's aide stepped forward for a mighty good cause. Here's more:
On Wednesdays throughout the school year, area students will fill us in on what's happening at their high schools:
Our most-viewed photo gallery of the week (below) was Heather Coit’s collection from Saturday’s 46th Illinois Marching Band Championships at Memorial Stadium. Among the six class champions in the 42-band field: Monticello.
Jim Phebus admits that if his job was tougher, he might think about asking for a buck or two.
“Let’s be fair,” the 55-year-old mayor of Sidell said, “if I had to put in 40 hours a week, you probably deserve some kind of salary. But our community, we’re a well-oiled machine.”
— Champaign's Bill Plymire stopped by Friday to purchase two press plates of Wednesday's front page of our Sports section which showed Ben Zobrist celebrating during the Cubs' rally against the Giants.
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The day after the Cubs beat the Tigers in the 1908 World Series, the story played out on A-4 of The Champaign Daily Gazette. Not sure how sales went that Thursday but it’s clear the interest in the team wasn’t as high as it is today.
Two reminders as the Cubs march toward ending their 108-year drought:
The day after the Cubs beat the Tigers in the 1908 World Series, the story played out on A-4 of The Champaign Daily Gazette. That's right, A-4. With a really small, odd headline.
Marnie Hess, with the Champaign County Historical Archives at the Urbana Free Library, on Wednesday morning was kind enough to research how we covered the Cubs last World Series championship.
At 2 p.m. Sunday outside Newman, the Wesley Chapel Church celebrates the 125th anniversary of its founding.
There’ll be pie and ice cream — but no sermons.
“Ain’t no preachin’ down here,” said Steve Allen, a lifelong member who has served the church in a number of capacities.