Area history, Nov. 24, 2014

Today is Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago.

Salute to veterans: 'They didn't know where we were'

CHAMPAIGN — Cryptographer Richard Hughes wanted to serve in North Africa in World War II, and that's where he was supposed to go.

In late 1942, the D-Day invasion of Europe seemed far off, as Germany's Erwin Rommel and his tanks dominated North Africa in early fighting.

Uni High grad becomes only Illinoisan to earn prestigious honor

He's now six months retired as pastor at Urbana's Dublin Street Church of Christ, but Charles Harmon felt the urge to return to the pulpit one more time Sunday morning.

After all, it's not every day you can tell folks who have known her since she was a tot that your 21-year-old daughter was just named one of 32 winners of the world's most prestigious scholarship.

Best deal on two wheels? Urbana bike giveaway

URBANA — The Urbana Police Department is ready to clean out the scores of bicycles it has collected over the last several months.

For the fourth consecutive year, the department is giving away used bicycles to interested citizens from Urbana and surrounding communities.

The giveaway will take place Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to noon at 704 S. Glover St., U.

Monticello senior joins the parade

MONTICELLO — It's her first time visiting the Big Apple, and Megan Taylor gets to have her experience showcased on national television.

This day in history: Nov. 24, 2014

Today is Monday, Nov. 24, the 328th day of 2014. There are 37 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Nov. 24, 1944, during World War II, U.S. bombers based on Saipan attacked Tokyo in the first raid against the Japanese capital by land-based planes.

On this date:

Top of the Morning: From the archives

Urbana High School's Thanksgiving Dinner has been around long enough now that its genesis may be lost on some.

The dinner is on again this year, from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thanksgiving, at the high school, 1002 S. Race St., U. As always, it's free and anyone is welcome. Those who need a ride can call the Urbana High School Student Senate office to arrange one: 217-384-3505 extension 4036.

Ask 'Mimi' Nov. 23, 2014

Mimi, what is Champaign-based rapper Wakefield, whom you wrote about a few months ago, up to?

Wakefield, whose name is Brandon Lehman, took a year off from school to work on his rap, and that's what he's doing. He plans to release a new album, "Wake's World," in January. He told me he spent a nice sum on PR services from a Los Angeles agency to help promote it.

Area history, Nov. 23, 2014

Today is Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

For the retirees, Nov. 23-30, 2014

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Bodnar, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 48 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, phone 359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Service of Champaign County.