School officials start new posts in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — Four new administrative appointees began their first full weeks on the job Monday at Unit 4 schools:

— Candace Gwin, interim principal, International Prep Academy.

Area history, July 8, 2014

Today is Tuesday, July 8, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

More road-trip horror stories

We asked some Facebook friends to share their best (worst?) road-trip horror stories. Read on if you dare. And add your own to the list with a comment below, or email and we'll post it for you:

From Judy Argentieri, Champaign:

Top of the Morning, July 8, 2014

Editor's note: This originally appeared in print on July 5, 2014.

Eleven years ago, in an effort to entertain local service industry workers such as bartenders, waiters and waitresses during the Fourth of July holiday, John Kosmopoulous created a barbecue featuring himself and other local DJs and called it Spindependence.

Gifford, township get state money

GIFFORD — Already getting back on its feet after a destructive tornado nearly eight months ago, the village of Gifford got more good news Monday when Gov. Pat Quinn and a host of state officials came to town.

Suspect in custody

Editor's note: This story appeared in print on Saturday, July 5, 2014. 

MONTICELLO — A sense of relief spread through the city Friday as residents learned that police had arrested a man suspected of murdering Tonya "Toni" Bargman, a Monticello mother of two, at a rest area along Interstate 39 on Tuesday.

Sizing up the new Big Ten

Only in the Big Ten — full of world-renowned universities, Nobel laureates, Pulitzer winners, inventors — does 12+2 equal 10.

Who's next to join the Big Ten? Tell Tom Kacich here

Salute to veterans: From World War II through Korea and the Cold War

CHAMPAIGN — One war wasn't enough service for Gunnard Ohlsson.

After 33 bombing missions in the second world war, he flew in the Korean War, and then was a Cold War missile officer.

Ohlsson, who goes by Russ, is 93 and needs a little bit of backup from his family on the details of his long service in the Army Air Forces and then the Air Force.

Area history, July 7, 2014

Today is Monday, July 7, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1914: The T.D. Wilson lot sale in Champaign on July 16 will feature two flying exhibitions by well-known aviator Henry Cole. Forty-four lots are to be sold and Cole will give a flight before and after each sale. Cole will fly his 8-cylinder, 80-horsepower Curtis biplane.

Top of the Morning, July 7, 2014: From the archives

If you ever lived in C-U, I bet you can close your eyes right now and look south from the Illini Union and let the broad green expanse of the Quad lead your vision straight to Foellinger Auditorium.