Fourman appointed to Champaign council

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CHAMPAIGN — Clarissa Nickerson Fourman keeps doing this to her husband.

First, it was a bachelor's degree. Then, a masters degree.

Now, it's a seat on the Champaign City Council.

Area history, June 16, 2015

In 1915, 964 graduates in their caps and gowns assembled on the lawn in front of the University of Illinois Library this morning, awaiting the procession to the new Armory for the 44th annual commencement. The group processed through the university grounds, moving south to Armory Avenue and then west to the mammoth military headquarters.

Those Who Served: Marine on Somalia: 'You could smell death there'

MAHOMET — Ceasar Perez remembers feeling sniper bullets whizzing by him when he was stationed in Somalia.

"I was 19 and a Marine and I felt invincible," said Perez, now 42 and about to have a child with his wife, Diana.

Area history, June 15, 2015

In 1915, stakes were set this afternoon for a new concrete sidewalk to be put down along the north side of White Street from Randolph to State streets, a distance of about 400 feet. The street recently was paved and the old brick walk is lower in some places than the curb of the new pavement.

Getting Personal: Susan E. Richter

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, 64-year-old Oakwood resident Susan E. Richter, the longtime director of the Vermilion County Museum, chats with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli. Richter recently was named AMBUCS First Citizen in Danville.

Congrats on being named AMBUCS First Citizen. How did that make you feel?

For the retirees, June 14-21, 2015

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, June 14, 2015

In 1915, the general alumni convocation of the University of Illinois will get under way at 10 a.m. tomorrow, and will feature a number of speakers of unusual eminence: the Hon. Edward Hurley of the Federal Trade Commission, the Hon.

Letter from Birdland: Addition to the family

In Birdland, the dog to human ratio has just increased. Meet Cullen. He is a 4-year-old Australian shepherd mix with an auburn coat. In fact, except for his golden eyes, every part of him is a deep, reddish brown, including his nose and lips.

Reluctant Townie: Food betrayal: A dish best served cold

The greatest betrayal of my marriage began innocently, with an ice cream cone.

I am not what you would call a "sweets person"; I prefer my snacks savory. Chips, dips, nuts and crackers —that's not the title of a track from the upcoming "Magic Mike XXL" soundtrack, but rather my preferred list of snacking options, in descending order.

A cut for a cause

CHAMPAIGN — Three area Girl Scouts are chopping off their ponytails today to help cancer patients.

There's no badge for that.

But 16-year-old Dottie Green, of Champaign, said she's not making the donation to Pantene's Beautiful Lengths program — which provides free wigs to patients — for a badge or a pin or any recognition.