Area history, April 2, 2014

Today is Wednesday, April 2, 2014. News reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

My Amish Home: Cabin stay is great, but ticks will bug you

"For the love of money is the root of all evil, which, while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But thou, O man of God, flee these things, and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. " 1 Timothy 6:10-11

Illinois Ancestors: Not much is known about Putin ancestry

A recent article in Dick Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter (March 20) mentions that very little information is known about Russian President Vladimir Putin's family history.

Top of the morning, April 2, 2014

Shannon Farmer attended cosmetology school for a spell.

On Tuesday, the 31-year-old dispatcher for Lanz Heating & Cooling put what she learned to work. Setting up shop in, well, the company shop in west Champaign, Farmer buzzed 23 Lanz employees in a show of support for 4-year-old Brynlee Gerber, whose father Andrew is a service technician.

Awards announced for 'Eric Show'[

CHAMPAIGN — Monticello High School student Jesse Galaway won the best-of-show award in the fifth annual "Eric Show" for an ink drawing titled "Destitute."

Students from 14 area high schools competed in the juried art show endowed by Dale and Peg Steffensen of Urbana in memory of Dale's son, Eric, an aspiring artist who was killed by a drunken driver in 1970.

Other awards:

Hopkins to speak at UI commencement

Astronaut Mike Hopkins will give the keynote address at the 2014 University of Illinois commencement next month.

Hopkins, a 1991 UI engineering graduate and former co-captain of the Illini football team, just returned from six months aboard the International Space Station.

New study could help identify autism sooner

Crissy Grenier knew something was different about her firstborn by the time he was 6 months old.

Owen didn’t like to be held or played with. He wasn’t interested in people’s faces. He was a terrible sleeper and had “constant” ear infections.

Area history, April 1, 2014

Today is Tuesday, April 1, 2014. News reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago.

Alma's getting ready to come home

She plans to live-tweet her progress back to campus next week as she returns from a Chicago conservation studio after more than a year of rehab.

Alma Mater is scheduled to be loaded up on a flatbed truck on April 8 and kept overnight at "an undisclosed location," then head to Champaign starting at 6 a.m. April 9, said campus spokeswoman Robin Kaler.