Top of the Morning, Sept. 17, 2014

Following up on our stories:

— Typically, the site selection for Farm Aid '15 would be announced in June.

"But with next year being Farm Aid's 30th anniversary, we are hoping to announce earlier," Farm Aid spokesperson Brittany Vanderpool said.

Old cars and teen angst

We have an old van.

We don’t live in it, and it’s not parked down by the river (RIP Chris Farley).

But it is not what you’d call a luxury-mobile.

People often hear us coming. There’s a muffler issue. It might even smell a bit exhausty.

Area history, Sept. 16, 2014

Today is Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1914: Officer Clasey is compiling a list of the property owners in Champaign who are renting their buildings to alleged bootleggers and keepers of disorderly houses. The list will include 15 well-known citizens. These men will be tried on both city and state charges.

Villa Grove exchange students open up about their time in the States

VILLA GROVE — The four foreign exchange students at Villa Grove High School look just like any average American kid: they wear school T-shirts and tennis shoes, do their best to avoid school lunches and are addicted to their smartphones.

Monticello teacher a 'superstar,' state finalist

MONTICELLO — As a third-grader at Sidney Grade School, Jennifer Smith didn't just know she wanted to be a teacher.

She already had a few ideas on how she would run her classroom, which she noted in an assignment on her career aspirations.

Top of the Morning, Sept. 16, 2014

Bus Stories

— Did you know Champaign Central takes a bus to its home football games?

Since Tommy Stewart Field is located at Centennial High School — Central's chief rival — the Maroons prefer to dress and warm up at their practice facility a mile to the east. For a 7 p.m. game, they hop on a yellow bus at 6:20 to reach the field in time for the coin toss.

Area history, Sept. 15, 2014

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

What's cool in school: Athletes turn attention to next generation

GIBSON CITY — Nick Meunier's favorite part of Friday hasn't changed since he was in kindergarten.

Top of the Morning: From the archives

Libraries change.

They change physically — the Champaign Public Library when I came to town in the early 1970s is now a law office. The one I used when my sons were young is gone.

Reluctant Townie: Stuff I want to punch in the head

I like to think of myself as a pacifist. In my day-to-day life, I tend to avoid conflict and serve as a mediator whenever I see trouble. But it's a cold, hard world out there, and the truth of the matter is that not everybody is ready for pacifism.

They say you can't fight fire with fire, but I'm here to tell you that you can't fight it with marshmallows either. Water, maybe.