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Area history, Dec. 20, 2014

Today is Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Bank analyst organizes drive to take diapers to orphanage in Haiti

CHAMPAIGN — Thousands of diapers will be on their way to an orphanage in Haiti next month, thanks to local donors.

The diapers will be taken to God's Littlest Angels orphanage in Haiti by a group of 11 women set to make a mission trip there Jan. 12-19.

"We wanted to not go empty-handed," said the diaper drive coordinator, Crystal Odoms, 33, of Champaign.

Centennial grad headed to Antarctica

For the next six weeks, Centennial High School alum Tim Hodson will be camping out in the middle of West Antarctica.

The 2003 Centennial grad isn't worried about the weather though. The National Science Foundation dresses him pretty well, he said.

This day in history: Dec. 20, 2014

Today is Saturday, Dec. 20, the 354th day of 2014. There are 11 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Dec. 20, 1860, South Carolina became the first state to secede from the Union as all 169 delegates to a special convention in Charleston voted in favor of separation.

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Obama signs bill naming post office for Burgess

WASHINGTON — President Obama has signed legislation naming the Campustown postal service station for James Burgess Jr., the first African-American elected to countywide office in Champaign County.

Hospitals seek volunteers

Two hospitals in Urbana and Danville are seeking adult volunteers.

12 stories of Christmas, Day 7

URBANA — Even though the temperature hovered around the mid-20s and Mother Nature was spitting snow earlier this week, Nancy Goglia made the more than 30-mile round trip from her home in Mahomet to the Humane Society of Champaign County in east Urbana.

This day in history: Dec. 19, 2014

Today is Friday, Dec. 19, the 353rd day of 2014. There are 12 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

Area history, Dec. 19, 2014

Today is Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Notes-Worthy: Champaign-Urbana's Acker

This week, Paul Wood chats serially with members of Champaign-Urbana’s Acker. Members include Michael Kramer, guitar; Constantin Roman, guitar; Jeremy Marsan, percussion; and Daniel Walton, cello. They describe their genre as “adorable baby quail.” Their Kickstarter campaign enabled them to record their first full-length record. They play Friday evening at Mike N Molly’s, 105 N.