Area history, Dec. 15, 2014

Today is Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

12 stories of Christmas, Day 3

URBANA — A lot goes into running a community-wide toy drive every year, but Dana Hagerstrom knows what it means to the families that benefit from it.

"I think, now that I have a daughter, it's even more special. I can't imagine not being able to buy her a gift," said Hagerstrom, the toy drive coordinator and community benefits specialist for the Carle health system.

Top of the Morning: From the archives

Airlines don't always announce they're offering service from Willard Airport to Las Vegas.

But when they do, they bring a showgirl.

That was the case seven years ago when Allegiant Air decided it would operate flights from the Silicon Prairie to Sin City.

Studio Visit: James DeBoer

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Here, James DeBoer, 64, of Danville. The retired family practice physician and artist recently chatted with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli.

How old were you when you started making art?

For the retirees, Dec. 14-21, 2014

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Graves, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 48 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, phone 359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Service of Champaign County.

Reluctant Townie: A guide to breaking up like Leo

Last week, international movie star Leonardo DiCaprio made headlines when he went out for a night on the town after being dumped by supermodel girlfriend Toni Garm and took home 20 women from a single Miami nightclub.

This feat has been previously achieved only by certain Greek gods and the singer Pitbull.

Getting Personal: Paul Heald

Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Here, Champaign resident Paul J. Heald chats with The News-Gazette's Paul Wood.

Business listings, Dec. 14, 2014

These applications for assumed business names were filed recently at the Champaign County clerk's office:

50Diamonds, 307 E. Daniel St., C, by Elijah Osasenaga Okpogie, same address.

A Good Creation, 424 Broadmeadow Road, Rantoul, by Katrina S. Good, same address.

CH2M Hill Engineers, 730 Morningside Drive, Rantoul, by Lori Ehmen, same address.

Singin' their favorite tune

The only beach around here is on the Boneyard, and there's no surfing allowed at this time.

Nevertheless, this area has a lot of Beach Boys fans and a few people who have worked with the California band.

Brian Behrns of Philo was an assistant record engineer for the Beach Boys in the late '70s, which meant not only pushing the knobs but running out for KFC.

From horses to hardwood

ARCOLA — When Jeff and Lisa Edwards built a pole-barn 14 or so years ago for her two horses and a colt they boarded they never thought they would end up living there.