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Joan Griffis/Illinois Ancestors: Vice presidential hopefuls have Irish roots

Dick Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter recently announced that Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton's pick for vice president, is an Irish genealogist. On his family's trip to Ireland in 2006, he visited "the ruins of his great-grandfather's cottage in Killlashee Parish in Longford." All four of his grandparents were born to Irish immigrants. Eastman's article can be read at tinyurl.com/ho2eutv.

Area history, Aug. 10, 2016

Today is Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Area students on UI dean's list

The following area students were named to the University of Illinois dean's list for the spring semester:

Alvin — Sofia Dumlao

Arcola — Alexis Conlin

Buckley — Brianna Vasquez

Catlin — Camron Owens

My Amish Home: August did a good job sneaking up on me

"And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God. And this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already it is in the world. Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world." 1 John 4:3-4

Tom Kacich: Champaign's claim to Norman Rockwell

One hundred years ago this week, the cover of The Saturday Evening Post featured the Norman Rockwell illustration "Gramps at the Plate."

Few people at the time realized that the great Rockwell, the young artist who already had four consecutive covers at the 2 million-circulation weekly, lived right here in Champaign at 506 W. Washington St.

Area history, Aug. 9, 2016

Today is Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Area history, Aug. 8, 2016

Today is Monday, Aug. 8, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Those Who Served: In Vietnam, 'they came to die. You want to live'

CHAMPAIGN — When Sgt. Donald Hyche's helicopter touched down on Vietnamese soil, the Huey had seven seconds to deliver troops or take away wounded or dead soldiers.

Hyche, 65, was a Marine door gunner on the Huey. In those seven seconds, Viet Cong sappers wrapped in bombs could be racing at the Marines.

Top of the morning, Aug. 8, 2016

By JOHN DIXON
jdixon@news-gazette.com

Photographers never know what we're getting into; every day is different, and that's one of the things we love about the job.