Area history, Sept. 22, 2014

Today is Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Still driving the bus at 80

Editor's note: This is the second in our series of profiles highlighting Active Aging Week, which started Saturday and runs through Friday. Here's the first installment, from Sunday.

This day in history: Sept. 22, 2014

Today is Monday, Sept. 22, the 265th day of 2014. There are 100 days left in the year. Autumn arrives at 10:29 p.m. Eastern time.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Sept. 22, 1776, during the Revolutionary War, Capt. Nathan Hale, 21, was hanged as a spy by the British in New York.

On this date:

Unity student to sing on 'The Voice'

TOLONO — A Tolono teenager is hoping to make his dreams come true with an upcoming appearance on the popular NBC show "The Voice."

Top of the Morning: From the archives

So long, summer.

On the first day of autumn, it's time to start thinking about "leaf peeping."

Fortunately, we have an expert on the topic, in Jeff Dawson, an emeritus professor of tree physiology in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois.

Ask 'Mimi' Sept. 21, 2014

Mimi, did you go to the Rosanne Cash show at Krannert last weekend?

Getting Personal: Peggy Patten

Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Here, 59-year-old Urbana resident Peggy Patten chats with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli. Patten retired June 30 after working for 30-some years in early childhood education as a teacher and a teacher educator. She spent most of those years at the University of Illinois.

Reluctant Townie: The decline of my recliner

A couple of weeks ago, I used this column to make my feelings about the fall season known to the world (or at least East Central Illinois), and it appears that autumn got the message, because it has since done its very best to give me the reciprocal middle finger — and it's reached its bony arm throug

Business and professional briefs, Sept. 21, 2014

New jobs

Johnson to manage Fehr Graham office. Matthew Johnson has been appointed branch manager of the Fehr Graham engineering and environmental office in Champaign.

Studio Visit: Melonie Mulkey

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Here, Melonie Mulkey of Champaign chats with Melissa Merli. Mulkey is a sculptor and photographer whose work is part of the two-person exhibition "A Little Touched, But Otherwise Alright" on view through Oct. 4 at Figure One, 116 N. Walnut St., C.