President hails Mahomet 'hero'

His friends and family weren't surprised by what Jason Seaman did Friday, taking down a shooter at a Noblesville, Ind., school.

On Saturday morning, President Donald Trump took notice, too.

Trump tweeted at 9:47 a.m. about the Mahomet-Seymour High School grad's quick-thinking:

A Life Remembered: 'I've never met anyone who did not like my dad'

RANTOUL — Bonnie Henderson was a young girl, but she remembers it as if it were yesterday. Her father, Wilbur Flessner, climbed up the steps of his combine, ready to harvest.

Nothing special about that. Normally.

But this was different.

Luke Bryan in Pesotum: 'We'll turn this cornfield into a party'

PESOTUM — When country superstar Luke Bryan announced Friday he'll be performing in Pesotum this fall as part of his annual Farm Tour, residents were pretty excited.

"Who would've thought that we'd have a big-time act like that ever come to the cornfields of Pesotum?" said Katie Wilson, a village trustee for the town of about 530 people.

This day in history, May 26, 2018

Today is Saturday, May 26, the 146th day of 2018. There are 219 days left in the year.

Today's highlight

On May 26, 1868, the impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson ended with his acquittal on the remaining charges.

On this date

Area history, May 26, 2018

Today is Saturday, May 26, 2018. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1918, Urbana Mayor Chester Richards instructed Urbana police to arrest any taxi cab drivers who operated their cars within the corporate limits.

Tackling a school shooter? For those who know M-S grad, 'That's Jason'

At Mahomet-Seymour High School, he was a tough-tackling, rim-touching, shot-putting three-sport star who was always in the middle of the action.

UPDATE: M-S grad 'doing great' after confronting school shooter

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. — A 2007 Mahomet-Seymour graduate, hospitalized after a shooting at Noblesville (Ind.) West Middle School this morning, is being credited for stopping the suspected gunman before he caused more harm.

The water's fine: A guide to 2018 municipal-pool season

The Memorial Day weekend kicks off pool season. News and notes from around the area, courtesy staff writer Tim Mitchell.


Opens: 11 a.m. Saturday

What's new at the Sholem Aquatic Center? More hippos, of course.

Dr. Howard alums say their goodbyes at farewell ceremony

CHAMPAIGN — Margaret Stillwell knows Dr. Howard Elementary has issues — like the basement that fills with water when it rains — but she still held out hope that the century-old school wouldn't be torn down.

"I was in hopes that they would sell it and maybe make it apartments or something," Stillwell said shortly after speaking at the school's farewell ceremony Thursday night.

Clergy Corner, May 25, 2018

URBANA — Sharing the spirit of Ramadan, a month of fasting and prayer for faithful Muslims, will be the theme of the Muslim American Society of Urbana-Champaign chapter's ninth annual Ramadan Iftar dinner.