Area history, Aug. 12, 2014

Today is Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Top of the Morning, Aug. 12, 2014

Not long after he saw the replay of TONY STEWART hitting another dirt track driver — causing KEVIN WARD JR.'s death on Saturday night — SHAWN TOCZEK turned to his wife in Hebron, Ind., and said "if I hadn't moved, that could have been me."

Area history, Aug. 11, 2014

In 1914, the Champaign Velvets again are announced as victors in the Illinois-Missouri pennant race which was scheduled to close yesterday. Yesterday's game would have decided the contest between Champaign and Ottawa for top honors, but the long-needed rain stopped the boys from performing.

Saturday night live: A photo gallery of downtown Champaign

From nightclubs to coffee shops, taxi cabs to burrito trucks, patio hoppers to filmgoers, downtown Champaign on a summer weekend night is a vibrant melting pot of personalities. On Saturday, Aug. 2, staff writer Melissa Merli and contributing photographer Kerry Rossow took it all in — from sunset to last call, inside and out.

Business and professional briefs, Aug. 10, 2014

New jobs

Holden joins journalism faculty. Benjamin A. Holden has joined the University of Illinois College of Media journalism faculty as a teaching assistant professor.

He has worked as a reporter at The Wall Street Journal and as an editor for Gannett and McClatchy.

Reluctant Townie: A look at the alternate reality of country music

The closest I will ever come to experiencing an alternate reality of Earth was when I watched a half an hour of the "Country Music Awards Music Festival" last week on ABC.

Letter from Birdland: Chicks, broody hens doing well

It's August in Birdland, but I don't recognize it. How long can this lovely coolness last? It feels more like May, only with the full, green lushness of summer.

For the retirees, Aug. 10-17, 2014

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Bodnar, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 48 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, phone 359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Services of Champaign County.

Getting Personal: Steven Bentz

Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Here, a chat with Steven Bentz, 51, of Urbana, the director of the Virginia Theatre in Champaign.

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Area history, Aug. 10, 2014

In 1914, a Ford machine driven by Arthur Abernathy, and an R,C.H. car, driven by Andrew Hall, collided last evening at a point on the Springfield Road, 25 feet west of the Arthur farm road. The damage to both cars is estimated at $400.