30 Days, 30 Grads: Danville alum a smart fish in a small pond

DANVILLE — Before graduating from Danville High School, Luke Robinson went looking for a college that would give him that same small community feeling he had grown to love during a childhood in Vermilion County.

Area history, April 29, 2017

Today is Saturday, April 29, 2017. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

This day in history, April 29, 2017

Today is Saturday, April 29, the 119th day of 2017. There are 246 days left in the year.

Today's highlight:

Top of the Morning, April 29, 2017

Fred Kroner was in seventh grade when he first contacted the Mahomet Citizen (then called the Mahomet Sucker State).

Honoring her legacy of service

CHAMPAIGN — Centennial High School seniors Nellie Haug and Grant Thurman were in second grade on that awful April day in 2007 when 32 people, including Austin Cloyd, were killed in a shooting at Virginia Tech.

Haug and Thurman didn't know Miss Cloyd, a Centennial graduate, and they don't remember a whole lot about that day.

"That was so long ago," Thurman said.

#TheMJs, April 28, 2017

On Fridays, staff writer Marcus Jackson (@MarcusJ_NG) will provide a quick glance at the best that Twitter has to offer.



"If women are going to wear low cut dresses that show cleavage don't be harassed when men look. Or shld we sue for sexual arousal?"

Clergy Corner, April 28, 2017

The first time the Rev. MICHAEL PICA pondered a path to the priesthood was during a childhood visit to dear old grandma's house in Abingdon, south of Galesburg, with his four brothers.

"My Italian grandmother would always ask us five boys: 'Who in the family is going to be the priest?'" he says with a chuckle. "That's what started the whole thing."

30 Days, 30 Grads: Almost failing helped Armstrong alum learn

CHARLESTON — One of the most valuable lessons soon-to-be high school chemistry teacher Nathan Gayheart learned at college didn't come from a textbook, lecture or chemistry experiment.

It came from almost failing a class.

So long, and thanks for all the gyros

CHAMPAIGN — For the first time in nearly 35 years, Matt Mortenson doesn't know what he'll be doing next week.

The longtime Zorba's owner sold the Campustown institution to Alex and Eleni Anastasiadis, and Mortenson's last day is today. The Anastasiadises take over Saturday.

Garth Brooks superfan will be at all 4 shows this weekend

Hear from Garth Friday at 3 p.m. on WDWS.

BISMARCK — What could top seeing Garth Brooks in concert this weekend?

How about seeing him four times?