Area history, Feb. 25, 2017

Today is Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago.

#TheMJs, Feb. 24, 2017

On Fridays, staff writer Marcus Jackson (@MarcusJ_NG) will provide a quick glance at the best that Twitter has to offer.



Clergy Corner, Feb. 24, 2017

A few things you should know about the Rev. AMY THOREN, pastor at St. Andrew's Lutheran in Campustown: "I love beer, enjoy wine and even put down the occasional cocktail."

But when it comes to what she's learned in her year here about the sloshfest known as Unofficial St. Patrick's Day, "my gut tells me I'm not a huge fan."

Area history, Feb. 24, 2017

Today is Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1917, the 2-cent passenger fare law was to remain in effect until a lawsuit by railroads was heard by a federal court. Judge Landis ruled that the state had the right to fix passenger rates without interference by the Interstate Commerce Commission.

Entertainment listings, Feb. 23-March 2, 2017


This weekend


What: Hosted by Unity West PTO. Arrive early to pick your own table, view and bid on the silent auction items. Maximum of eight players per table; work as a team to come up with the answers. 50/50 raffle and games between rounds. Bring your own food.

A walk on Yellowstone's wild side

URBANA — You could call it a memorable meeting of the minds.

It was eight years ago in winter at Yellowstone National Park when University of Illinois Professor Bruce Fouke met famed nature photographer Tom Murphy.

The U.S. National Park Service had hired Murphy to photograph Fouke as he finished up research he'd been doing at Mammoth Hot Springs.

Marcus Jackson/About Town: 'It's not just about generating revenue'

CHAMPAIGN — Fans of the old reality television series "Parking Wars" might be disappointed to learn that the interactions between parking-enforcement officers and drivers here aren't as fiery as they are on the popular A&E show.

"I can't think of many times I've felt threatened," Scott Goslin said.

Radio station manager embarks on 27th pilgrimage to Israel

He has so many Israel stamps on his passport that the customs agents there almost always ask Mark Burns if he's a citizen.

And his accompanying blood-donor card — showing eight donations in the country — does nothing to offer clarity.

"They're intrigued. They wonder: Why this tourist is donating blood there?" Burns said. "I leave that in there intentionally."

Top of the Morning, Feb. 23, 2017

On her 46th birthday, Holy Cross School Principal CHRIS ELLIS wandered into the gym, where someone tossed her a basketball and yelled "Shoot!"

"Most of my basketball experience consists of dorm room laundry hoops, paper wads in wastebaskets and my kids' Little Tykes hoop," she admitted. "It was a once-in-a-lifetime shot."

Area history, Feb. 23, 2017

Today is Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago: