Area history, Oct. 10, 2015

Today is Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Homer Opera House reopening celebration on Oct. 17

HOMER — The Homer Opera House will officially reopen with a celebration on Oct. 17.

The Saturday event features a concert at 6 p.m. with a range of musical performers, from bluegrass to rock 'n' roll, to folk rock, even some rap and show tunes.

An inspiration

DANVILLE — When Ghaliyah "Gigi" Cunningham was three months old, doctors told her mother that her daughter had Down syndrome and would never walk.

The Danville girl proved them wrong when she took her first steps at age 2.

Meet one of the most influential minds in tech

Internet freedom activist SASCHA MEINRATH, back in town today for the 15th anniversary of the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center, was named to Newsweek's 2012 Digital Power Index Top 100 influencers for his efforts to develop open-source, low-cost community wireless networks and for his role in fighting the Stop Online Piracy and Protect IP acts.

Share your memories of White Hall

RANTOUL — For half a century, White Hall was used by hundreds — if not thousands — of personnel stationed at the former Chanute Air Force Base. It was a small city unto itself — 500,000 square feet, the equivalent of two city blocks — under one roof.

Demolition of the complex is scheduled to begin this month.

Top of the morning, Oct. 10, 2015

We interrupt all this Cubs-Cardinals coverage to tell you about a pair of Houston Astros fans who call Champaign home.

Julie and Terry O'Neill have T-shirts, hats and magnets to prove it.

"I don't know of any other (Astros) fans here," Julie said. "At least not yet. This is definitely Cubs and Cardinals territory."

Fever Pitch

If you live here, there’s a good chance you’re either a Cubs fan or a Cardinals fan. With the teams meeting in the playoffs for the first time, we turned to a couple of diehards — and News-Gazette columnists — to settle an argument you’ll be hearing a lot this weekend.


Grace to install new pastor Nov. 1

The Rev. Arthur Christian "Chris" Repp will be installed as the new pastor at Grace Lutheran Church, 313 S. Prospect Ave., C, at 4 p.m. Nov. 1. The installation and Holy Communion service is open to the public. Repp replaces the Rev. Roger Digges, who retired in June 2014.

From 90210 to 61872

SADORUS — Jennie Garth has been on a hit TV show and in movies. But on Saturday night, she was just another customer as she dropped in unexpectedly at two Sadorus businesses.

The Pub in Sadorus co-owner James Hatchel said Garth, 43, came in with her husband, sister, niece and her niece's fianc.

"They hung out for quite a while," Hatchel said. "They were just having a good time."

Go figure, UI edition, Oct. 9, 2015

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