Area history, June 26, 2014

Today is Thursday, June 26, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Q&A with Esteban Gast

This week, Paul Wood chats with Esteban Gast, 23, of Champaign, 23, University of Illinois grad embarking on a career as a comedian on the college circuit. He also teaches at the UI.

Tell me a funny joke.

Bloomington Gold: Tips for car-watchers

Five thousand Corvettes and 30,000 people are expected in Champaign this weekend. Cathy Winters, vice president of operations for the Bloomington Gold Corvette Show, offers five tips for classic car watchers who turn out Friday through Sunday west of State Farm Center:

1. Best times

Top of the Morning, June 26, 2014

With Corvettes headed to town for this weekend's Bloomington Gold show, we turned to 60-year-old St. Joseph resident and Corvette Club of Illinois heavyweight Art Rapp for a tuneup.

Webber sworn in as associate judge

TUSCOLA — The newest associate judge for the 6th Judicial Circuit had just a few minutes to celebrate his new status and job with family and friends before he had to be on the bench.

Gifford celebration another sign of weathering the storm

GIFFORD — It's tough to keep a good town down.

Every year toward the end of June, the village of Gifford holds its community celebration. This year, the town has even more to celebrate, showing it can survive and thrive through some tough times.

My Amish Home: Too many injuries complicate warm week

"Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? And your labor for that which satisfieth not? Hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness." Isaiah 55:2

Area history, June 25, 2014

Today is Wednesday, June 25, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Younger Generation: Celebrating the achievements of young adults

Boys State

Illinois Premiere Boys State was June 7-13 at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.

Meg Makes: No one loses in battle of blueberry desserts

As I've mentioned several times in this column, my friends and I like to get together once a month and try our hand at baking something new.

We recently decided to try two different versions of blueberry crisp, which are about as summery a dessert as I can imagine.

Mine was a variation on a blueberry-lime cobbler from The New York Times' "Natural Foods Cookbook," by Jean Hewitt.