Area history, Oct. 3, 2016

Today is Monday, Oct. 3, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Wired In: Mani Golparvar

On Sundays, staff writer Paul Wood spotlights a high-tech difference maker. This week, MANI GOLPARVAR, CEO and co-founder of Reconstruct Inc. At 35, he's an associate professor, Faculty Entrepreneurial Fellow and Excellence Faculty Fellow at the University of Illinois's engineering schools.

Area history, Oct. 2, 2016

Today is Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1916, Williams Hix, an Urbana excavator, reports that this is the best year he has had in the many years he's been in business. This morning he commenced work on his 56th foundation. All but three were in Urbana.

Letters from Birdland: The ultimate spot to watch the harvest

In Birdland, the mornings are cool and sometimes foggy, but by noon, the sun has burned away all the damp chill.

We celebrated the equinox with our friend, Bill, at the Kalyx Center — a fun community potluck held each quarter of the year in the barn hidden in the woods.

Final encore at the Red Lion Inn

CHAMPAIGN — Back when downtown Champaign was deserted at night, campus bars were the place to hear live music in the 1960s and '70s.

And the Red Lion Inn was, appropriately enough, the king.

The Reluctant Townie: The Campustown shooting and beyond

It seems negligent for me to write a Reluctant Townie column this week without mentioning the Campustown shooting last weekend. There isn't a humorous angle for me to approach this topic, at least as far as I can presently see.

Getting Personal: Joaquin Vieira

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, 38-year-old Champaign resident Joaquin Vieira talks with The News-Gazette's Paul Wood about his career in astronomy at the University of Illinois, where he leads Astronomy On Tap, and setting up a telescope at the South Pole.

Tell us about Astronomy On Tap.

Space on monument to Olympians, Paralympians has filled up fast

CHAMPAIGN — With five new medal-winning athletes, the Tribute to Olympic and Paralympic Athletes Monument is running out of space for names.

"And that's good news," says Champaign Park District Executive Director Joe DeLuce.

Area history, Oct. 1, 2016

Today is Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Weekend Planner: Let the sunshine in

For the fourth time, the Willenbrock home in Champaign will be part of the 10th annual Illinois Solar Tour, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. Scott Willenbrock, a University of Illinois physics professor, looks forward to it again. And so does his mutt, Coco, the friendliest dog you'll meet.