Dick Van Dyke: 'I'm 17 again'

DANVILLE — Dressed from head to toe in black and looking the part of a chimney sweep straight out of "Mary Poppins," 15-year-old Carter Mallady couldn't believe it when Dick Van Dyke looked right at him from his seat in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and sang, "Ain't it a glorious day."

#TheMJs, June 24, 2016

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Religion calendar, June 24-July 1, 2016

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Unique opportunity

Saturday's inaugural Iroquois and Ford County Garden Walk will showcase one type of landscaping most others can't — the Illinois prairie in its natural state.

What's in a name? David B. Kramer Memorial trophy

There's a shiny new piece of hardware taking up space in the newsroom at the LeRoy Farmer City Press called the David B. Kramer Memorial trophy. The News-Gazette community newspaper won the award that was established in 2014, given to the state's best small non-daily newspaper, earlier this month at the Illinois Press Association awards.

Area history, June 24, 2016

Today is Friday, June 24, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago.

In 1916: 17 young women were combing the business district of Champaign today, selling miniature flags to raise funds for families of the Illinois National Guard soldiers who are moving off to a possible war with Mexico. Approximately 11,000 state Guardsmen were in camp today.

Top of the morning, June 24, 2016

The year was 2003, the movie was "Finding Nemo," and I couldn't wait to take my 3-year-old.

He liked it — except for the barracuda killing the mom, a trio of ravenous sharks and the monster fish at the bottom of the ocean. All in a dark theater. He almost bolted.

Task force starts with listening

CHAMPAIGN — From discipline in schools to deaths in the largely black Champaign County Jail, community members shared their personal experiences with racial disparity in criminal justice and how they thought it could be improved at a community forum held by the Champaign County Racial Justice Task Force on Thursday night.

Just 1 question: Why do you enjoy making art?

This week, aspiring artists are exploring a range of media and techniques at Studio 101: Creating the Artist of Tomorrow, a summer art camp at Danville Area Community College.

Frank's Faves: The Van Dyke file

Welcome home, Mr. Van Dyke. It's a jolly holiday with you ...

Danville's favorite son is returning home this weekend for a couple of Friday night events designed to launch the Dick Van Dyke Foundation's fundraising campaign that will work to restore his childhood home as well as provide scholarships for local students in the performing arts.