This day in history: Oct. 1, 2014

Today is Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Younger Generation: Celebrating the achievements of young adults

Merit scholar

Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School student Dalton Cowan has been named a commended student in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program.

A letter of commendation from PBL High School and the National Merit Scholarship Corp. will be presented by Principal Travis Duley to Cowan.


Illinois Ancestors: Still time to sign up for fall conference

It is not too late to sign up for the Illinois State Genealogical Society's 2014 Fall Conference on Oct. 24 and 25 at the Hilton Garden Inn in O'Fallon. Complete details are provided in the free September/October issue of the ISGS Newsletter, accessible from the society's website at

My Amish Home: Too much to do for these old bones

"These six things doth the Lord hate; yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief. A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren." Proverbs 6:16,17 18,19

Area history, Oct. 1, 2014

Today is Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Neighbors: Recognizing accomplishments in our communities


DSC is looking forward to receiving a check for $5,150 to purchase Boardmaker Software. This software allows individuals with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities the ability to communicate through visual support systems.

Top of the Morning, Oct. 1, 2014

Talk about job satisfaction.

Last Thursday, the day after a story ran about retired Champaign County sheriff's deputy Orval Jarrett as part of a series on active aging, the former warrant server got a call at his rural Urbana home.

Olympian Michael Phelps arrested on DUI charge


Associated Press

Pink icing or blue?

Technology has taken a lot of the mystery out of life.

Storms arrive on schedule. Cars drive themselves. Our phones tell us who’s calling, when the Cardinals’ game starts and not to forget the milk.

110-mile ride to pay tribute to proud vet

DANVILLE — He served his country in World War II, Korea and Vietnam, then spent the rest of his life in Danville supporting and honoring veterans.

This weekend, the American Legion Riders Post 210 will pay tribute to the late Harold "Sparky" Songer by hosting the inaugural Sparky Songer Memorial Ride.