Area history, Aug. 27, 2014

Today is Wednesday, April 27, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1914: The fourth edition of Charles M. Samson's city directory of the Twin Cities estimates the Champaign-Urbana population at 26,678, a gain of 2,012 since the last directory was published in 1912.

Neighbors: Recognizing accomplishments in our communities

Neighbors: Recognizing accomplishments in our communities

And the winner is ...

Brice Hutchcraft of Champaign won a new car during the Champaign Parks Foundation raffle to benefit the Park District's youth scholarship fund.

AUDIO: key figure in George Zimmerman trial lands in Champaign County, writes tell-all book

The unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, may have you thinking of last year's events in Florida, where George Zimmerman, a white man, went on trial for shooting and killing Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager. 

One of the key figures in that trial has landed in Champaign County and has put out a book telling his side of the story.

New administrator to start Oct. 13

Iowa official is village board's unanimous pick

RANTOUL — Rantoul has a new village administrator.

Jeffrey Fiegenschuh, a native Nebraskan who held the same position in Windsor Heights, Iowa, accepted the village's offer Monday, Mayor Chuck Smith said. He will start Oct. 13.

'Smoked,' but not by stroke

CHAMPAIGN — The air temperature was 94 degrees, and it was at least 10 degrees hotter on the Memorial Stadium turf when U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk and 12-year-old Jackson Cunningham lined up for a 40-yard dash in front of about 20 University of Illinois football players and other observers.

Area history, Aug. 26, 2014

Today is Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Top of the Morning, Aug. 26, 2014

To celebrate her 100th birthday, Virginia Lovingfoss threw a party.

For three consecutive days.

On Friday, a crowd of about 100 joined her at Philo Tavern. On Saturday, another 100 celebrated with her at Clark-Lindsey Village in Urbana. On Sunday, a Burr/Lovingfoss/Dilley family reunion packed a park in Philo.

Area history, Aug. 25, 2014

Today is Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Schools chief can help you tie one on

URBANA — It's not exactly "Pride and Prejudice" — or any of the 100-plus other plays Greg Chew directed — but Urbana High's late longtime drama teacher would still get a kick out of tonight's production.

Top of the Morning: From the archives

MAHOMET — Like most things, change has come over the years to Lake of the Woods.