Two brothers, Vietnam and, at last, a diploma

DANVILLE — In 1967, Michael "Mike" Johnson dropped out of school to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Now nearly 50 years later, the member of Danville High School's Class of 1970 is finally getting his diploma.

Neighbors: Recognizing accomplishments throughout our communities

Academic honors

—Miami University's Alexus Jimson-Miller was named to the Mid-American Conference Women's Indoor Track & Field Distinguished Scholar-Athlete Team. It's a second-year award given to students who have excelled in athletics and academics. Jimson-Miller, from Danville, is majoring in Health Promotion.

Top of the morning, May 11, 2016

She's a spunky 19-year-old who loves playing sports, riding four-wheelers and living on the farm. Here's more on Fisher's Courtney Delaney, this year's recipient of The News-Gazette Farm Leader of the Year scholarship who will be honored at a May 27 banquet in Champaign:

She enjoyed her freshman year at the UI.

Webber picked as circuit judge

URBANA — Associate Judge Roger Webber will be getting a new title, a new office and a raise in four months.

The 6th Circuit associate judge has been selected as a circuit judge to fill the vacancy to be created by the upcoming retirement of Champaign County Circuit Judge Arnold Blockman. Webber will be sworn in Sept. 19.

Reluctant honoree: 'We all enjoy the service we provide'

CATLIN — Kevin Kirk was reluctant to return a call to The News-Gazette.

He knew that someone probably wanted to talk to him about being named the Catlin Lions Club's 2016 Citizen of the Year.

Spotlight on Service, May 10, 2016

A look at area do-gooders. This week: Sundowners Car Club

About the club

President: Gene Shelton

Origin: The club was founded in 1992.

Meets: 6 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month at the Urbana Garden Family Restaurant, 810 W. Killarney St.

'An immediate impact'

TOLONO — After 35 years of teaching and directing local bands, Bill Jean will say goodbye at an open house today at Unity High School, where he has spent the last 10 years.

The longtime educator and Tons O' Fun band trumpet player will retire at the end of the year, leaving behind hundreds of thankful students, parents and community members.

Area history, May 10, 2016

Today is Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Those Who Served: 'That's where I learned to pray'

TOLONO — Bill Kirby picked up downed aviators from the sea during World War II, saving Americans, British and even Germans.

The former Tolono mayor was a medical administrator in the Army Air Forces, entering the service as a private and leaving as a captain.

He helped fight tuberculosis while stationed in London, where "buzz bombs" demolished buildings a block or two away.