Couple seeking signs of life after death in former Danville funeral home

DANVILLE — Nearly 10 years ago, the Gibson Funeral Chapel closed abruptly.

Vines and other vegetation have grown unchecked on the exterior of the two-story brick building, and inside, a white hearse still sits in the garage, an organ in the visitation area, caskets in a small back room and embalming equipment and chemicals in another room.

Let's play two: Local Cubs fans making trip to Wrigley for glimpse at glory

Andy Eisenmenger will be in Chicago for today's World Series Game 4 between the Cubs and Indians at Wrigley Field.

The Champaign car salesman has already informed his bosses not to expect him to move any inventory today.

"I told them, 'I know Saturdays are busy, but I've got to take most of Saturday off to be up there,'" Eisenmenger said.

The #MJs, Oct. 28, 2016

On Fridays, staff writer Marcus Jackson (@MarcusJ_NG) will provide a quick glance at the best that Twitter has to offer.



Local women planning to honor pioneer on Election Day

CHAMPAIGN — A plaque near a historic fountain in downtown Champaign honors Susan B. Anthony, the 19th-century voting-rights activist who died before her dream of women's suffrage came to fruition.

On what could be a historic Election Day, several dozen women plan to gather there to celebrate their right to vote and honor the woman who dedicated her life to equality.

Area history, Oct. 28, 2016

Today is Friday, Oct. 28, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1916, the Iowa State Student, the college newspaper of the Iowa State College of Agriculture, is instituting a campaign to change the name of the school to "Ames University" in honor of the town where the college is located.

Clergy corner, Oct. 28, 2016

Managing Editor Jeff D'Alessio's weekly feature spotlighting area religious leaders — in the pulpit and out of it.

This week: PRO or NO: The debate over Halloween.

Once upon a time, there were no ghouls, goblins, devils or demons that might give a pastor pause on Oct. 31.

Oh, yes, Stone Creek Church Pastor GARY GROGAN remembers it well.

2016 trick-or-treat hours

Halloween trick-or-trick hours for most of our area towns are on Monday, Oct. 31. There are five exceptions in this list. Here are the hours for the following communities:

Allerton: 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 30.

Arcola: 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31.

Arthur: 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31.

Atwood: 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31.

Bement: 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31.

Bismarck: 5 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31.

Putting up a fright for Halloween

CHAMPAIGN — At The Haunt at Bonesaw Mill, Justine Gumbs is in the process of becoming a "zombie in a fridge" instead of a University of Illinois physics student.

Makeup artist James Davila is airbrushing her face with something called "Fetid Flesh."

"The nice thing is that it still smells pretty good," he says.

Area history, Oct. 27, 2016

Today is Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Joan Griffis/Illinois Ancestors: Facebook's DNA Detectives help adoptees

Dick Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter recently told about DNA Detectives, "a Facebook group run by volunteers who call themselves 'search angels' and who help adoptees, sperm donor kids, and other who are hunting for their biological relatives." This group, started in 2015 by CeCe Moore now has over 24,000 members.