Illinois Ancestors | D.C. trip is free for World War II veterans

The Honor Flight Program is an opportunity for WWII veterans to apply for a free trip to Washington, D.C., to see the memorials there, in appreciation for their service. There aren't many WWII vets still living, but those that are would certainly appreciate such a visit — along with vets of the Korean and Vietnam era who may also apply.

Top of the Morning, May 9, 2018

This summer will be a page-turner for JAYDA BROWN.

The Champaign 9-year-old is being awarded a book for completing the Reading Partners Program at the Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club in Champaign.

The program closes for the summer because most of the tutors are University of Illinois students — like hers, ALIYAH GRIFFIN of Chicago.

Area history, May 9, 2018

Today is Wednesday, May 9, 2018. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1918, the city of Urbana placed a ban on taxi drivers operating within the city.

In 1968, graduate student James O'Meara was injured when lightning struck a University of Illinois apartment.

UPDATE: Arkansas truck driver charged with DUI in 5-vehicle crash on I-57

UPDATE, 3:30 p.m. Wednesday: 

PESOTUM — A 41-year-old Arkansas man was charged Wednesday with two counts of aggravated driving under the influence in a five-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon on Interstate 57.

Fallen Homer firefighter honored at state ceremony

HOMER — A fallen Homer firefighter was honored Tuesday.

John "Mike" Cummins, 46, of Homer was on his way home from a medical call when he suffered his own medical problem and died in February 2017.

Changes in 'scanner land'

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DANVILLE — Twenty years ago, Tammy Clow enjoyed listening to a police scanner for enjoyment.

Urbana High sweeps C-U Optimist Club's 2018 scholarships

A wrestler who wants to be a teacher, a class president who wants to be a social worker and a volleyball player who wants to be a scientific researcher are all $1,000 scholarship recipients from the Champaign-Urbana Optimist Club. While young people from all six C-U high schools are eligible, all three of this year's winners attend Urbana High School.

Retiring owner hoping to keep African-American radio station local

URBANA — At 85, longtime businessman J.W. Pirtle is ready to retire.

The former Champaign City Council member is hoping to find a local buyer for his radio station, WBCP 1580-AM.

Top of the Morning, May 8, 2018

Last week, we hit another social media milestone when Champaign’s LAUREN ACTON (@laurenLOacton) become our 40,000th follower on Twitter.

Area history, May 8, 2018

Today is Tuesday, May 8, 2018. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1918, landscape gardening students at the University of Illinois announced plans to beautify the Big Four Railroad Station in Urbana.