Life Remembered: Ludwig a fan, a friend and a leader

OAKWOOD — The Illinois football team will be missing one of its biggest fans when it takes the field tonight at Memorial Stadium.

Rantoul police chief to retire

RANTOUL — Paul Farber had always been interested in law enforcement. But it wasn't until age 29 that he decided to make it his profession.

Nearly four decades later, the Rantoul chief of police has decided it's time to retire.

The 67-year-old Farber will take off his uniform for the last time at the end of the year.

Area history, Sept. 4, 2015

Today is Friday, Sept. 4, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

He was asked to step up, so he did

Though Edward Feser is taking over as interim provost amid challenging circumstances, he believes he can accomplish a lot in the next year as the top academic officer on the Urbana campus.

When acting Chancellor Barb Wilson approached him, he was surprised. But he said it was hard to say no to her.

Flight club: Looking for the bird that shouldn't be here

Some wayward trajectory brought a rare bird, a swallow-tailed kite, to perch on a dead or dying conifer near Mattis and Windsor a few days ago.

Dozens of people from Chicago and farther have come to add the raptor to their "life list" of birds, since this is a raptor you would expect to see in Florida, not Illinois.

Top of the morning, Sept. 4, 2015

Ahhh, the magic of television.

On Aug. 26, WAND taped its weekly "Inside the Illini: Big Ten College Football" with sports anchor Matt Loveless, News-Gazette sports editor Matt Daniels and WDWS announcer Steve Kelly.

Then, Tim Beckman got fired, meaning some of the taped show was, well, outdated.

Rockome sale price: $749,944

ARCOLA — The owners of Aikman Wildlife Adventure paid $749,944 to buy the aging Rockome Gardens to develop into a drive-through wildlife animal park and zoo, according to information obtained from the Douglas County Clerk & Recorder's office.

Updated: Johnson won't seek re-election as Vermilion coroner

DANVILLE — Vermilion County Coroner Peggy Johnson has announced she will retire when her term comes to an end late next year.

Area history, Sept. 3, 2015

Today is Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Notes-Worthy: Aaron Short and Carrie Chandler

C.U. Bands and Fans' Terry Brown chats with Aaron Short and Carrie Chandler of the acoustic duet "The Bashful Youngens"