Area history, March 7, 2014

Today is Friday, March 7, 2014. News reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago on this date:

Q&A with Chuck Knox, who will not seek re-election in Douglas County

Chuck Knox of Villa Grove, who has served on the Douglas County Board for 12 years, will not seek re-election in the fall.

Top of the Morning, March 7, 2014

Before the NCAA tournament pairings are announced, get ready for an onslaught of college basketball. Turn to most channels, and you are bound to see a game from some tiny conference you didn't know existed. To T.O.T.M., there is another word for this: heaven.

Director bringing Oscar winner to festival

Comedian Patton Oswalt also slated to attend

CHAMPAIGN — Oliver Stone is coming to Ebertfest — and the Oscar-winning filmmaker is bringing one of his greatest hits with him.

Officials confirmed Thursday that Stone will be in Champaign-Urbana next month to show "Born on the Fourth of July" — 25 years after Roger Ebert gave the Vietnam War drama a four-star rating.

WDWS Radio personality receives Broadcast Pioneer Award

A long-time employee of WDWS Radio is being honored by the Illinois Broadcasters Association. Jim Turpin, the host of "Penny for Your Thoughts", a live call-in program airing Monday through Friday on WDWS, has been named as a recipient of the prestigious "Broadcast Pioneer Award".

Urbana to honor police, citizens

Seven Urbana police officers and 10 citizens will be publicly acknowledged by the Urbana police chief Thursday for their "heroic" efforts in assisting others.

In some of the cases, Chief Pat Connolly said, "without their involvement, people could have died. That's the ultimate involvement — saving somebody else's life."

They combined to save a life

URBANA — Sharon Barnes had more than one guardian angel on Sept. 22.

They were an observant 8-year-old boy, a caring neighbor and a trained police officer whose combined efforts saved the life of the 57-year-old Urbana woman.

It's time to tango at KAM

CHAMPAIGN — The seductive and subversive art of tango will come alive from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive.

Midway through the event, there will also be live music by Tangotta.

"Krannert tango events are a labor of love, not only for me, but for the whole community," said one of the organizers, Melih Sener.

Fund drive for Ebert sculpture two-thirds complete

The fund-raising campaign for a life-sized Roger Ebert sculpture in Champaign is two-thirds of the way to the finish line.

Any questions about 2014 Ebertfest? Ask Tom Kacich here

Jim Dey: Deadspin editor's mission is telling 'unauthorized version'

One thing Tommy Craggs knows for sure is that the Internet has changed everything in journalism.

It's turned some newspapers into shells of their former selves — including the New Orleans Times-Picayune, where he once interned.

"It was a great newspaper at times," Craggs said.