Area history, July 5, 2015

Today is Sunday, July 5, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Don Follis: Opening the doorway to inner peace

Thirty years ago in the back of a coffee shop where I hung out with my coffee, Bible and journal at 6 a.m., I developed an unexpected relationship with a construction worker nearing retirement. While I'm not sure he ever knew it, he got me thinking about my own emotional well-being in ways that I have been exploring ever since.

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, July 5, 2015

We asked 10 grown-ups: What's the roughest, toughest summer job you had growing up?

1995 News-Gazette Farm Leader of the Year

Letter from Birdland: It takes a team effort to turn the ship around

In Birdland, we've had good soaking rains almost every day. Normally, that's welcome this time of year, but today's clear skies and sunshine are more welcome.

Maybe these mild dancing breezes will take up some of the moisture that lies in the fields and the gardens.

All is green and blooming though, and today the humidity is low and the air is sweet.

John Roska: How does bankruptcy work?

Q: How many court dates will there be if I file for bankruptcy? What happens at those court dates? What can I expect at those court dates? What are the steps?

A: In a routine "Chapter 7" bankruptcy, there's only one appearance, for the "meeting of creditors." They're held lots of different places, so it's not necessarily a "court" date.

Getting Personal: Rudy Frasca

Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Today, 84-year-old Champaign resident Rudy Frasca, who was the grand marshal in Saturday's Champaign County Freedom Celebration Parade, chats with The News-Gazette's Paul Wood.

Video-gambling standoff in Mahomet

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MAHOMET — Rev. Erik Gustafson knows the average Joe in town doesn't care what scripture says about gambling.

Local business owner Justin Taylor understands why Mahomet folks want to keep the community family-friendly.

That's Entertainment: Spotlighting events in and around the area

Music scene

'Magic Flute' presentation

Grand opera returns to the prairie this weekend for the 13th year with the Watseka-based Sugar Creek Opera's presentation of "The Magic Flute" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Clifton High School's Harold and Jean Minor Auditorium, about an hour north of Champaign.

Feeling right at home

CHAMPAIGN — Powerhouse vocalist Sara Hall and her band Upshot were based in major cities — Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Los Angeles — before they moved to Champaign two years ago.

It wasn't as if the funk-blues-rock band that played a July 4th show at Navy Pier in Chicago wanted to slow down.

Reluctant Townie: Happy holiday: Freedom to answer mail

Happy hangover, America! Hope you found time yesterday to blow some stuff up real good while wearing your American flag T-shirt with the cut-off sleeves and matching booty shorts. Don't worry about what everybody else says — it's totally you.