Organizers hope Montgomery will bring a crowd

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.

Strum together: Ellnora returning to Krannert

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.

Area history, Sept. 3, 2015

Today is Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Top of the morning, Sept. 3, 2015

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."

Just 1 Question: Favorite education app?

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?

Test your ingenuity at Escape Champaign

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.

Neighbors: Recognizing accomplishments throughout our communities

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.

Interns speak

Joan Griffis: Colonial diseases took their toll

Joan Griffis: Illinois Ancestors

Top of the morning, Sept. 2, 2015

Weekend Leftovers

— 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 committee OKs memorial

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.