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Area history, April 21, 2016

Today is Thursday, April 21, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Scharlau: County doing well by many metrics

CHAMPAIGN — As he takes his annual stock of Champaign County's economy, Busey Bank Vice Chairman Ed Scharlau finds a lot is looking pretty rosy around here.

Even sagging farm prices and the state budget impasse can't drag down all the positives.

Jeld-Wen dedicates learning center in Rantoul space

RANTOUL — A Rantoul company has opened a learning center that will bring hundreds of people to the community for training each year.

On Wednesday, Jeld-Wen, manufacturer of windows and doors, unveiled the Midwest Learning Center — the first of three such centers to be opened in the country.

Just 1 question: Why care about voting?

No matter whether the country's next commander-in-chief is a real estate mogul, a former secretary of state or an 11th-hour surprise, Central High School students are excited to have their say.

Allerton gets boost from couple's donation

MONTICELLO — A major project to protect natural areas at Allerton Park is getting a big boost from a family whose own property is full of trails and trees.

Allerton Park will dedicate the Ward and Diana McDonald Family Trails today.

Notes-Worthy: Nancy Livingston

C.U. Bands and Fans' Terry Brown chats with Champaign Freight's Nancy Livingston

'I didn't do anything special'

URBANA — Myrtle Slater doesn't think her story is worth telling, and she definitely doesn't think it's worth an award.

"I didn't do anything special," she says.

The way she tells it, she's just an 85-year-old woman who raised five children and was lucky enough to help a few people in the process.

"I just did what anyone else would've done," she says.

Top of the morning, April 21, 2016

I hope you had the chance to read the wonderful obituary on Fred Gottheil, the philanthropic and trend-setting economics professor at the UI who died Sunday.

Dispensary opening delayed again

CHAMPAIGN — If you're waiting for Champaign's medical marijuana dispensary to open this week, the wait is going to be just a little longer.

Expected to open at the end of this week, Phoenix Botanical at 1704 S. Neil St., C is now looking to open at the end of next week, according to its manager, Dan Linn.