Area history, Feb. 19, 2014

Today is Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. News reports from this date in history:

My Amish Home: Animal stories from bright winter days

"It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O Most High: To shew forth thy loving kindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night. For thou, Lord, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands. O Lord, how great are thy works! And thy thoughts are very deep." Psalm 92:1-2,4-5

Top of the Morning, Feb. 19, 2014

Unofficial St. Patrick's Day is more than two weeks away. But thanks to USA Hockey's success in Sochi, Campustown is experiencing a dry — well, not-so-dry — run.

Perhaps you heard about the Americans' shootout win against Russia on Saturday morning. If you were anywhere near Green Street, perhaps you heard a roar when T.J. Oshie scored the game-winning goal.

Club names Urbana student to honor

The Exchange Club of Urbana has named Urbana High School student Gabriela Rajac as the Youth of the Month.

She is a National Honor Society student, a member of the UHS Executive Internship program and participates in the Band Council. She is also a member of the swim team and has been a News-Gazette all-area swimmer for two years. Her career interest is in becoming a veterinarian.

Fundraising fatigue (and a confession)

We’re selling candy again.

Not the boxes of Fannie May chocolates we sold last fall to support the band program.

These chocolate bars will help fund the eighth-grade field trip.

By my count, it’s our sixth fundraiser of the school year, split among our two children.

Top of the Morning, Feb. 18, 2014

There was a police escort into town, a pep assembly in the gym and a giant trophy on display.

Just another day on the dance floor for Villa Grove HIgh School's state champions.

"It was really cool to see, pulling into town and seeing all the support," fourth-year coach Alyssa Hudson said. "For a small community like ours, this is something big."

Area history, Feb. 18, 2014

Today is Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. News reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Area history, Feb. 17, 2014

Today is Monday, Feb.17, 2014. News reports from this date in history:

Student promotes awareness of tissue disorder

CHAMPAIGN — In Kat Williams' ideal world, she'd be able to do more things teens her age do, like playing sports. And she'd stop herself from growing any taller.

"I will put a brick on my head to make myself stop growing," she jokes with her mom.

Top of the Morning, Feb. 17, 2014: From the archives

There's an old Don McLean song that has been coming to mind lately for me.

"Winter has me in its grip," he sings. "Think I'll take a summer trip, on a sunny sailing ship where the shells lie in the sand."

I know a lot of us feel that way these days.

I'm starting to see pictures of palm trees and beaches and last year's summer vacation on Facebook.