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This day in history: Jan. 31, 2015

Today is Saturday, Jan. 31, the 31st day of 2015. There are 334 days left in the year.

Today's Highlights in History:

Common Ground's director will stay in town when she switches jobs

URBANA — Common Ground Co-Op's general manager will remain in Urbana when she takes a new job with the Food Co-Op Initiative in May.

Jacqueline Hannah said Friday that she will work from an office at her home when she becomes a co-op development specialist with the initiative on May 18.

Do-it-all worker at Prairieview-Ogden up for national honor

ROYAL — If a student has a bloody nose, a teacher is waiting to be paid, the superintendent needs to file a report or the district office phone is ringing off the hook, the students and employees of the Prairieview-Ogden school district all turn to one woman: Debra Harms-Siuts.

Weekend update: Happy homecoming

Former Bement Country Opry singer Shonna Bonds, now performing and living in Branson, Mo., will return to Bement to perform tonight at the Opry. "She's a super singer," Bement Country Opry drummer and web manager Michael Brake says. Here's the scoop, courtesy staff writer Melissa Merli:

Area history, Jan. 31, 2015

Today is Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Meet Ida May Fuller, recipient of first Social Security check

WILSON RING, Associated Press

Top of the Morning, Jan. 31, 2015

Three more reasons to pick up Sunday's News-Gazette ...

... a moving guest commentary from Seymour's Kaitlyn Duchien. The 19-year-old Judah Christian High grad writes about and shares pictures of her recent trip to Auschwitz.

Some items should stay put

In a recent column, I wrote about things I would not get rid of, and I don't have a choice in the matter with many of these items, because they are now part of the house.

This led to a lot of questions, like: Why can't you dismantle them?

Ex-NFL player here on Saturday

CHAMPAIGN — Want to add a genuine Super Bowl winner to your pre-game lineup this weekend?

Former NFL offensive lineman Alan Veingrad will be in Champaign on Saturday afternoon to share his story and reflections on the game, and maybe even pass around his Super Bowl ring for people to try on or see up close.

Area history, Jan. 30, 2015

Today is Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago: