Renovations could start in spring on Van Dyke home

DANVILLE — With $50,000 raised last week in Danville for the Dick Van Dyke Foundation for the Performing Arts, organization officials hope to start renovations next spring on the celebrity's childhood home on Hazel Street.

#TheMJs, July 1, 2016

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



Enriching lives for years to come

DANVILLE — Tracy Wahlfeldt still remembers the first time she spoke to Frank Switzer. It was May 2010, and the Danville man called out of the blue.

'A hobby that kind of went wrong'

FAIRMOUNT — Todd Chew doesn't sing or dance.

But every year, large audiences flock to his nighttime shows to hear a symphony of whizzes, bangs and booms and see brilliant bursts of light dance across the night sky.

Chew is the owner of Jamaica Pyrotechnics Inc., along with longtime friends Mark Puzey and Rob Downs.

What's in a name? The other Dick Van Dyke

Actor and Danville native Dick Van Dyke was in the area last week, making appearances in his hometown. He didn't make any stops at any of the four Dick Van Dyke Appliance Worlds scattered throughout central Illinois and with good reason — he's got nothing to do with them.

Area history, July 1, 2016

Today is Friday, July 1, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Top of the morning, July 1, 2016

The theme for the 2017 Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon (the UI's sesquicentennial) was announced Thursday. I asked the man behind the idea — 1994 UI grad Justin Sather — what he was thinking.

2016 freedom celebrations

Area Independence Day celebrations. If your community's celebration isn't listed, please add it in the comments.

July 1

— Arcola Fireworks, bingo, vendors and music start at 7 p.m. fireworks at 9:15 p.m. at Moore Park.

The Lovie Effect

At this time last year, the Block I had sold about 600 student season tickets in the north end zone of Memorial Stadium.

As of two weeks ago, that number had topped 1,000.

At last year's Quarterback Club golf outing, 84 people played the 18-hole scramble at the Orange and Blue Course.

At this month's outing, 128 hit the links.

CIC drops name to raise visibility

CHAMPAIGN — Working on a recent collaboration among Big Ten universities and state health departments, Barb Allen noticed that the Committee on Institutional Cooperation was having trouble getting meetings.