Obama honoring Streisand, Spielberg, Sondheim and more

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is recognizing 17 Americans with the nation's highest civilian award Tuesday, including giants of the entertainment industry such as Barbra Streisand and Steven Spielberg, baseball legends Willie Mays and Yogi Berra, and politicians, activists and&nbsp

This day in history, Nov. 24, 2015

Today is Tuesday, Nov. 24, the 328th day of 2015.

There are 37 days left in the year.

Today's highlight:

On Nov. 24, 1865, Mississippi became the first Southern state to enact laws which came to be known as "Black Codes" aimed at limiting the rights of newly freed blacks; other states of the former Confederacy soon followed.

Spotlight on Service, Nov. 24, 2015

A look at area do-gooders. This week: Centennial High Interact Club

About the club

President: Grant Carlson

Playing on 'Wheel' not for wimps

LUDLOW — Brenna Schluter has a few words of advice for anyone considering becoming a contestant on "Wheel of Fortune."

Start working out.

"The wheel, it is heavy," said Schluter, a contestant on tonight's show (6:30, WAND-TV). "They give you spinning lessons ahead of the show."

Area history, Nov. 24, 2015

Today is Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Top of the morning, Nov. 24, 2015

Our high school audience continues to grow.

That was made clear again in the last week on Twitter (@ngpreps surpassed 3,000 followers), at our website (check out Nos. 1-2 on the Sports Stories list, below) and in our newsroom. On Sunday, more than 240 high school student-athletes visited us for studio portraits that will appear soon at and in our Sports section.

Area history, Nov. 23, 2015

In 1915, the Champaign and Urbana high school football teams were in the last lap of preparations for their big Thanksgiving Day game. From the best information that could be secured, the teams had clashed nine times on the gridiron up to that point, and Champaign had won six times. The first game was in 1891. Since 1909, the games had been an annual affair.

Those Who Served: Sailor's destroyer visited both theaters of WWII

CHAMPAIGN — In North Africa, Italy and Japan, Hubert Woolen served on the same destroyer, which crossed through the Panama Canal to serve in the latter part of World War II.

He was 17 and had moved to Champaign from near Shelbyville when the war started for America, with the Pearl Harbor attack.

This day in history, Nov. 23, 2015

Today is Monday, Nov. 23, the 327th day of 2015. There are 38 days left in the year.

Today's highlight:

On Nov. 23, 1765, Frederick County, Md., became the first colonial American entity to repudiate the British Stamp Act.

On this date:

In 1804, the 14th president of the United States, Franklin Pierce, was born in Hillsboro, N.H.

Area update, Nov. 22, 2015

Housing authority board to discuss director's job

DANVILLE — The Danville Housing Authority board has called a special meeting for Tuesday to discuss the employment of the agency's executive director, Greg Hilleary.