Area history, Feb. 18, 2016

Today is Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1916: The Champaign County witnesses in the Gust Penman murder trial, which is being moved to Kankakee, will receive 10 cents per mile from their home to Kankakee, or about $7.20, plus $1 for each day they are in Kankakee, plus room and board.

Bruno chosen for honor

The Champaign County Chamber of Commerce has chosen Cynthia Bruno, the Morning Show anchor for WCIA-TV News, to receive the ATHENA Young Professional Award.

Area update: Stidham Woods getting a trim

MAHOMET — Local residents might have noticed that Stidham Woods — a forested recreation area located between Lake of the Woods Road and Prairieview Road — looks a little thinner this month.

It's the result of a plan to root out some invasive plant species that have taken over the area, Champaign County Forest Preserve Director of Natural Resources Mike Daab said.

Color them calm

Lana Wegend has been coloring in design books for most of her adult life — 30 years running.

Rather than buy children's coloring books for herself, she bought books filled with black-and-white examples of mandalas, Buddhist symbols and other designs.

Seeing changes over the decades

RANTOUL — Jack Jones remembers when it was "come as you are" for firefighters heading to a blaze.

No protective turnout gear.

"You were kind of on your own as to what you would wear," Jones said. "I think I had a pair of hunting pants and hunting boots and a work jacket" to wear to fires.

That was back in the '50s.

Just 1 question: What's Devilettes' secret?

In her first year as coach of Villa Grove High's Devilettes hip-hop team, Katina Clodfelder kept a town traditio

Frank's Faves: Best Oval Officer

Hail to the Chief we wish was more like in the movies ...

Thanks to the peculiarities of our modern calendar, February has become the month of odd observances — from groundhogs and valentines to Leap Day and Mardi Gras (at least this year anyway).

Notes-Worthy: Mike Bray

C.U. Bands and Fans' Terry Brown chats with C-U native MIKE BRAY, who plays with Tenacious D and Kyle Grass Band:

'I'm not good at relaxing'

CHAMPAIGN — Imagine every child born in Champaign-Urbana getting the best possible chance to become a successful and happy adult.

Top of the morning, Feb. 18, 2016

Who says the state of Illinois can't solve problems?