Julie Wurth: When life gives you a lemonade stand ...

As I was pulling into work last week, I had to stop to avoid a tired-looking man pulling a suitcase across the parking lot.

He flagged me down as I passed. I felt some apprehension as he walked over — wondering what he wanted, in a hurry as usual, the day's logistics crowding my brain.

Family Life: Helping set the stage for return to school

By Chelsey Byers/University of Illinois Extension

Area history, Aug. 4, 2015

Today is Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Spotlight on Service, Aug. 4, 2015

A look at area do-gooders. This week: Danville Lions Club

About the club

President: Keith Strinmoen

Origin: Founded in 1957

Meets: At noon Thursdays at Spanky's Banquet Hall, 409 E. Main Street

This day in history, Aug. 4, 2015

Today is Tuesday, August 4, the 216th day of 2015.

There are 149 days left in the year.

Today's highlight:

On August 4, 1790, the U.S. Coast Guard had its beginnings as President George Washington signed a measure authorizing a group of revenue cutters to enforce tariff and trade laws and prevent smuggling.

On this date:

Studio Visit: Mark Enslin

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Here, Mark Enslin, 59, of Urbana, a composer, performer, activist and teacher, chats with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli.

You are involved in so many creative activities. What was the first one you took up?

Area history, Aug. 3, 2015

In 1915, Urbana Mayor O.L. Browder again appointed Thomas Long chief of police, and again the council refused to confirm, by a vote of 6 to 2.

This day in history, Aug. 3, 2015

Today is Monday, August 3, the 215th day of 2015.

There are 150 days left in the year.

Those Who Served: USS Idaho's guns 'really turned those docks into splinters'

OGDEN — Dale Sullivan never found out why the Japanese lit up his battleship with flares one night in the South Pacific.

Once, a Mitsubishi G4M "Betty" bomber lit up topside, and the crew waited for an attack that never came.

"You could read a newspaper by the flares topside," he says.

Getting Personal: Jeffrey Brown

Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Here, Jeffrey Brown, 47, of Champaign chats with The News-Gazette's Paul Wood.