HOOPESTON — The sweethearts and sweet corn may have some competition when it comes to the biggest draw at this year's National Sweetcorn Festival in Hoopeston.
Country music artist John Michael Montgomery will perform in concert at the 72nd annual event at McFerren Park, which starts at 5 p.m. Thursday and runs through 9 p.m. Labor Day.
URBANA — Guitar enthusiasts might want to consider camping out next week at Krannert Center.
The sixth biennial Ellnora: The Guitar Festival will take place there Sept. 10-12, featuring 22 performances, with half of them free.
Today is Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:
News spread like an Illinois fastbreak (circa 2005) on Wednesday afternoon along Vine Street in downtown Arthur: Dee Brown had been booked as Saturday's "Ceremonial Cutter of the Cheese."
"Everybody I told, their face lit up," said Bruce Wood, president of the Arthur Area Association of Commerce. "Except a few of the Amish ladies who have never seen a basketball game before."
Arcola: home to the state's fourth-winningest high school football program (682 and counting) and a free-iPads-for-everyone technology setup (700-plus in all) that's the envy of districts across Illinois. We asked seven Arcola students and one teacher: What's your favorite education app?
CHAMPAIGN — A new interactive entertainment concept is coming to downtown Champaign.
Escape Champaign, which will hold a soft opening Friday at 61 E. University Ave., is a real-life escape game designed for small groups of six to 10 people, says owner Roger Meyer of Potomac.
World Series semifinalists
The Central Illinois Knights went 3-2 and finished in fourth place at the NAFA AA World Series in Moline. John Schweighart (11 for 19), Tim Hopkins (6 for 16) and Ales Jetmar (two wins) were selected to the All-World Team for the tournament.
— Champaign's Sarah Newman enjoyed our Sunday package about area ties to Hurricane Katrina. The 10-year anniversary of the event had the longtime Unit 4 employee rummaging through her files for a poem she wrote in the days following the 2005 storm.
PAXTON — A city council committee has given its blessing to Jay Nuss' family, which wants to memorialize him with a new sign for the city-owned youth league baseball park. The city property committee approved the proposal by Nuss' son Pat to put up a sign that will be a large rock designating Nelson Field.