Top of the morning, April 19, 2016

By John Dixon/News-Gazette photo editor

On April 20, 1996, the morning after the tornado hit Ogden, it was my assignment to shoot aerial photography of the damaged town.

20 years after tornado, former Urbana cops recall a shift for the ages

Jim Page and Mike Metzler can tell you exactly what they were doing 20 years ago Tuesday.

How do they remember so clearly?

Because on the evening of April 19, 1996, all hell broke loose.

Both worked for the Urbana police department. Page had been at a training session all day that Friday. Metzler's day had started in the wee hours with an unscheduled work task.

Area history, April 18, 2016

In 1916, Daniel J. Holterman of Sadorus was unanimously re-elected chairman of the Champaign County Board this afternoon. The new board has 27 Republicans and nine Democrats.

This day in history, April 18, 2016

Today is Monday, April 18, the 109th day of 2016. There are 257 days left in the year.

Today's highlights:

Top of the morning, April 18, 2016

These days, SCOTT KOENEMAN is assistant dean of libraries for advancement at the University of Illinois.

On Friday evening, April 19, 1996, Koeneman was city editor at The News-Gazette, a position he'd held about a year at that point. It was his job to assign and supervise reporters and coordinate the paper's news report.

For the retirees, April 17-24, 2016

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Graves, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 48 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, phone 359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Service of Champaign County.

Area history, April 17, 2016

In 1916: Leonard Dobbins, a 15-year-old burglar, was captured again after he tried to break into an Urbana home. Last week he was arrested but released on bond, after he allegedly broke into a home in Bondville.

Kelly Strom: Hubs of genius

We all know that university towns tend to house brilliant minds and creative spirits. I believe that is one of the big advantages to living in a place such as Champaign-Urbana. There is always something going on to do or observe. But what makes an area a hub of genius? Is it simply a world-class university? Is it the weather? Governing factors?

Plenty working against the UI, from rumors to rivals

URBANA — It's 9:30 a.m. on a dreary Friday, and most of the 284 high school seniors gathered at the Illini Union are still in wake-up mode.

Getting Personal: Janet B. LeRoy

Here, 57-year-old Champaign resident Janet B. LeRoy chats with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli. LeRoy is a third-grade teacher at Leal School in Urbana and the president of the Illini Rebounders.

What interests you the most right now?

My new granddaughter, Josephine Mae.