Reluctant Townie: How to magically impress a 4-year-old

Daughter Alpha is soon to be 4, and she has entered the stage of her cognitive development where she is old enough to understand pretty much anything that is said to her, and still young enough to believe every word of it.

Top of the morning, July 26, 2015

Bill Peithmann's pride and joy — a flag touting the Mahomet Area Youth Club — is tucked away in a plastic bag in his dresser. It needs the rest.

Last week, the 61-year-old Mahomet lawyer planted the flag atop Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. He reached the summit alongside his 18-year-old stepson, recent Mahomet-Seymour grad Logan McCann.

Area history, July 25, 2015

Today is Saturday, July 25, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Flea market may be answer to problem

About two or three months ago, I mentioned in my column that I had been approached by a few readers (there were 11) who all had the same thing in common. They wrote letters, sent emails, called on the phone and talked to me in person.

Oakwood to toast racing star

OAKWOOD — Though Bobby Pierce has been racing since age 9, he hadn't done so in a truck until Wednesday — and it just so happened to be on the biggest stage of the 18-year-old Oakwood native's career.

Life Remembered: Love of music helped her cope

Amy Pipes had a strong faith in God that sustained her even through the most trying times, including her daughter Jessica Dupree's long battle with cancer.

She also had a passion for singing and playing music.

Paying it forward paying off

DANVILLE — Deanna Witzel calls it the "coolest" thing she has ever done in her career.

Top of the morning, July 25, 2015

For Debbie Deremiah, the rigmarole of moving a one-room schoolhouse from Rantoul to Penfield was definitely worth it.

The cost (about $11,000), the traffic ("it took up the whole road," she said), the time (an eight-hour drive on country roads) ... members of the I&I Antique Tractor Club would do it again in a jiffy.

Protests open along with county fair

CHAMPAIGN — A small crowd lined the sidewalk across from the Champaign County Fair entrance around 5 p.m. Friday calling for a boycott on beer sales, a response to conflict between the local chapter of the Disabled American Veterans and the fair.

"Support the veterans — no beer!" protesters chanted.

Area history, July 24, 2015

Today is Friday, July 24, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1915: As of 2:40 p.m. today the bodies of 679 victims on the S.S. Eastland, which had turned on her side in the Chicago Rover seven hours earlier, had been removed from the ship. The ship had been filled with excursionists headed to Michigan City, Ind., for a picnic.