Area history, June 11, 2014

Today is Wednesday, June 11, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

My Amish Home: Thankful for good days and good vibes

"Blessed is everyone that feareth the Lord; that walketh in his ways. For thou shalt eat the labor of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee. Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round thy table." Psalm 128:1-3

That's entertainment: Spotlighting events around the area, June 11, 2014

CHARLESTON — Grammy Award-winner Janis Ian, whose "Society's Child" and "At Seventeen" were touchstones for many of the '60s generation, will read from her autobiography and sign copies of her books at 6 p.m. today at the Mattoon Public Library, 1600 Charleston Ave.

Illinois Ancestors: Genealogical society creates Declaration of Rights

At the recent National Genealogical Society's 2014 conference, the society's president, Jordan Jones, announced the creation of the Genealogists' Declaration of Rights — a statement advocating open access to federal, state and local public records. All genealogists are advised to review this document and sign it online at

Neighbors: Recognizing accomplishments in our communities

Rotary honors

The Champaign Rotary Club was named the Large Club of the Year at the annual Rotary District 6490 Conference in Champaign last month.

Alan Chapman of the Normal Rotary Club; Jon Rector of the Champaign West Rotary Club; and past district governor Ron Schettler of the Effingham Rotary Club were inducted into the district's Hall of Honor.

Top of the Morning, June 11, 2014

We're in the process of remodeling the newsroom at our downtown Champaign office. Thanks to Mark Billings, we have something to hang on the wall when we're finished.

To show his appreciation for our coverage of Gifford's response to November's tornado, Mark hand-crafted and hand-delivered the sign. Here's his note that came with it:

200 AT&T jobs coming to Rantoul

RANTOUL — About 200 new jobs will be coming to Rantoul as a result of a shift in employment at AT&T.

The company will relocate the positions from its Springfield facility to its Rantoul call center at 1 Aviation Center Drive on the former Chanute Air Force Base.

Area history, June 10, 2014

Today is Tuesday, June 10, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Family Life: Strive to be creative at every age

By University of Illinois Extension

Paxton events to benefit PBL student with leukemia

PAXTON — The Pueblo Lindo restaurant in Paxton is donating a percentage of its sales Wednesday to a fund set up to help cover medical expenses of Jordan Reynolds, a Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School student fighting chronic myelogenous leukemia.

Reynolds and a friend will be at the restaurant Wednesday helping serve patrons. The restaurant is located at 124 W. State St.