Top of the morning, May 6, 2015

I last interviewed my high school chemistry teacher, Wayne Scarlett, back in May 2006. He'd recently finished his second stint as the Armstrong-Ellis schools superintendent, capping 41 years in education — or so he thought.

'Pillars' to be honored

Four men with 176 years of combined legal experience have been named the 2015 Pillars of the Bar by the Champaign County Bar Association.

Steve Beckett of Urbana, and Paul Hendren, Ward McDonald and Greg Townsend, all of Champaign, will be honored May 6 at the annual Law Day Dinner at the Champaign Country Club.

Faces of '15: Gifted Encourager

FACES OF '15: Over the next two weeks, we'll introduce you to area natives who have achieved big things on their road to commencement.

Growing up on the family pig farm in Gibson City, Anna Coates knows a thing or two about rolling up her sleeves and getting after it.

Area history, May 5, 2015

Today is Tuesday, May 5, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Speaking engagement

The closest the First Family will come to its home state happens on June 9, when 1981 Whitney Young salutatorian Michelle Obama gives the keynote at Chicago's King High. But Springfield will be well-represented downstate, with two governors sharing the stage at Southern Illinois — Jim Edgar (this will be commencement speech No.

Spotlight on Service, May 5, 2015

About the club

President: Margie Ashcraft.

Origin: Founded in 1943.

Meets: Third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m., usually at Fithian Methodist Church.

On tap: At the club's May meeting, members will discuss fundraisers and present a college scholarship to an Oakwood High School student.

Top of the morning, May 5, 2015

On Monday, we unveiled our latest website addition: Online editor Mike Howie's "Where Am I?" video.

Future Five: Entertainment for the week ahead


Those Who Served: Robert Espeseth

SAVOY — Though he served in the Korean War, Navy Capt. Robert Espeseth's closest brush with death came in Manila Bay.

Espeseth, a retired University of Illinois professor at 84, was an ensign in the Navy when he was the films officer for the USS Purdy (DD-734), a destroyer that traveled around the world to provide support in the Korean War.

Steve Hillard: Serial entrepreneur

CHAMPAIGN — Steve Hillard has had an unusual career path as an entrepreneur, meeting with success in both manufacturing and banking.

Today he's the president of HL Precision Manufacturing, a Champaign-based company that makes components for the scientific instruments, aerospace, industrial measurement and electronics industries, among others.