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Rolling in for 'The Stone'

In his mini-album "The Stone," Nashville musician David Olney retells the Easter story, never using the name Jesus while bringing to life other characters such as a donkey, a con man, a murderer and a soldier, according to fan Cynthia Voelkl, hostess of the Sandwich Life House Concerts. She can't believe Olney will perform Sunday at a church, St. Matthew Lutheran in Urbana.

Area history, March 28, 2015

Today is Saturday, March 28, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Don't miss show in Brocton next month

I neglected to mention this event last year, and I truly regret it. The 15th annual Brocton Red Barn Market is located in the Edgar County community.

It is a juried show of antiques and crafts. It will run from noon to 5 p.m. on April 10 and from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 11.

This day in history, March 28, 2015

Today is Saturday, March 28, the 87th day of 2015. There are 278 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On March 28, 1979, America's worst commercial nuclear accident occurred with a partial meltdown inside the Unit 2 reactor at the Three Mile Island plant near Middletown, Penn.

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Communities come together for student with kidney disease

FARMER CITY — LeRoy, Blue Ridge and Tri-Valley are rivals when it comes to sports, but when it matters, their communities are united.

So is the case with Madison Houser, a Blue Ridge student whose father, Chris, coaches basketball and track at the LeRoy Junior High School.

Top of the Morning, March 28, 2015

The University of Illinois Black Chorus prepared for Sunday's performance alongside Foreigner much like the Illini's basketball team ahead of a Big Ten game.

"We watched tape," Ollie Watts Davis, the group's conductor, said. "(Foreigner) sent us video of other choirs singing with them, and we studied those."

Area history, March 27, 2015

Today is Friday, March 27, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1915: Voters in the city of Champaign will have the opportunity at next month's city election to decide whether to purchase $22,000 in firefighting apparatus, including a $10,000 ladder truck, a pumping engine, an ambulance and replacement hose.

What surprise awaits this year's Ebertfest?

CHAMPAIGN — A group of seemingly unrelated films — a Rudolph Valentino silent, Judd Apatow alum Jason Segel playing native son David Foster Wallace, a 3D movie by a French New Wave pioneer and a Robert DeNiro collaboration with Chazz Palminteri — might have amused Harold Ramis, to whom this year's Roger Ebert Film Festival is dedicated.

This day in history, March 27, 2015

Today is Friday, March 27, the 86th day of 2015. There are 279 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On March 27, 1945, during World War II, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower told reporters in Paris that Germany's main defensive line on the Western Front had been broken.

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Post office to be named for Burgess today

CHAMPAIGN — Robert Steigmann doesn't get to the Campustown post office very often. Next time he does, the appellate court judge will recognize the name on the building.

The late James R. Burgess, who worked with Steigmann at the state's attorney office, is being honored at 1 p.m. today in a ceremony at 302 E. Green St. U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis is scheduled to attend.