Clemons to retire as judge in July

URBANA — Holly Clemons said she's excited about the prospect of reading something besides a legal brief.

With almost 21 years of service as a Champaign County associate judge under her belt, Clemons let the Illinois Supreme Court know last week that she plans to retire effective July 7.

Applications are now being accepted for her position.

I put myself to the test

Choose the best way to finish this sentence:

Taking the SAT decades after your last algebra class is

a) innovative.
b) daring.
c) thoughtful.
d) really, really stupid.

I didn’t actually take the full SAT, for real; if I had, I would have prepared better.

MJ's Minute: Urbana Mayor-elect Diane Marlin (w/video, podcast)

One week ago, Diane Marlin was elected mayor of Urbana, and she describes the past seven days as a blur.

Marlin has already started her transition from alderwoman to mayor, but before she is sworn in as mayor next month, she'll be taking a visit to Colorado to visit her son and to unwind after a 15-month campaign.

Area history, April 11, 2017

Today is Tuesday, April 11, 2017. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Area history, April 10, 2017

Today is Monday, April 10, 2017. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1917, national prohibition for the duration of the war with Germany was suggested today in St. Louis at a conference of food and agricultural experts. Two delegates who support the proposal said they believed 90 percent of the men in attendance would favor it.

Champaign's Firefighter of the Year a repeat honoree

CHAMPAIGN — Had he remained on the path that led to him studying exercise physiology and kinesiology at the University of Illinois, chances are Glen Daniels would have become a personal trainer or a physical therapist.

Those Who Served: Wounded, but he fought on

CHAMPAIGN — On D-Day, Cpl. Samuel Conte's landing ship went to the wrong part of the beach, and sent its troops off too far from the shore, most carrying heavy packs and struggling not to drown.

Other people might have had it even rougher on June 6, 1944, but Conte did his share.

Don Follis: Praying to the one who will never abandon us

In "A Long Way Home — A Boy's Incredible Journey from India to Australia and Back Again," (Penguin Books, 2013), Saroo Brierley tells the story of how he got separated from his older brother Guddu in a train station in western India when he was just 5.

The Reluctant Townie: Flight of the Bloviator: Time to buckle up

The jetliner was on a long flight across the ocean, and the pilot had been made to jump from the plane halfway through. This was not an unexpected development; in fact, the airline required pilots to rotate on a strict schedule.