UPDATED: Highway to be named for slain officer

WDWS' Scott Beatty covered today's ceremony. Check out his report here

PARIS — Tommy Martin never had the chance to meet three of his grandsons, who were all born after the Douglas County Chief Deputy lost his life on the job in 2007.

Family, friends mourn Champaign man killed by gunfire

CHAMPAIGN — Growing up, Prenisha Jackson hated when her brother, Terron, would pick on her.

"He was my brother, so of course he had to make fun of me," she said.

Now, she'd give anything to let him tease her one more time.

Tales of the farm

A syndicated agriculture columnist who grew up on a dairy farm in southern Illinois will sign copies of his new book, a memoir about farm life, at two events Saturday in Urbana and rural Champaign.

Area history, July 17, 2015

Today is Friday, July 17, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Tribute to star planned, but will he attend?

DANVILLE — Dick Van Dyke turns 90 later this year, and the Danville Symphony Orchestra is hoping he'll want to "Put On a Happy (birthday) Face" a little early.

About two months before the Danville native celebrates his big day, the DSO is inviting him back to his hometown for a tribute concert showcasing his nearly 70-year career as an actor, singer and dancer.

Top of the morning, July 17, 2015

Insects sometimes get a bad rap in the movies. Like the 1954 film "Them" about deadly giant ants mutated by atomic radiation. I hate it when that happens.

Go figure: July 16, 2015

Go figure: A numerical look at local headlines


Area communities that cracked the Internet list of the week — Best Towns to Raise a Family, presented by

Life Remembered: Shelby 'did anything he could for any charity'

CHAMPAIGN — Bob Shelby and his wife, Dolores, would have celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary next month.

Mrs. Shelby said they were looking forward to that milestone, but their 64 years together will have to be enough.

Mr. Shelby — a Champaign native, former businessman and civic leader in the community — died last week at the age of 89, in Chandler, Ariz.

Putting on a happy face

RANTOUL — Going through its final year at Grissom Hall, Rantoul Theatre Group wanted to stage the type of play it has rarely done — a musical.

RTG will band together with the old Paxton Majestic Theatre Group to present "Bye Bye Birdie."

Area history, July 16, 2015

Today is Thursday, July 16, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago: