Top of the Morning, March 13, 2015

Lucky WDWS listeners who tuned in to Tuesday's Illinois-Chicago State baseball game got a special treat: analysis from the guy who knows the team as well as anyone this side of Dave Loane.

Jeff Huth, who recently retired from The News-Gazette, helped Loane call the Illinois win.

He covered the Illinois baseball team for 34 years and wanted to stay involved in the sport.

Area history, March 12, 2015

Today is Thursday, March 12, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1915: George Inman, builder of the new Champaign hotel which bears his name, was highly praised for his work by prominent citizens of the community at the opening banquet at the hotel.

Frank's faves, March 12, 2015

I was all set to talk March Madness and big-screen hoops dreams this week when it happened — actor Harrison Ford crash-landed his WWII-era plane on a Venice, Calif., golf course, and nearly a half-century of Hollywood superstardom flashed before my eyes.

Notes-Worthy: Clark Gibson of Old Style Sextet

Terry Brown of CU Bands and Fans talks with Clark Gibson of Old Style Sextet, a local group that focuses on original music. Besides Gibson on alto sax and tenor sax, the band includes Euan Edmonds on trombone, Sam Peters on bass, Matt Endres on drums, Easton Stuard on piano and Michael Fenoglio on alto sax and tenor sax.

Jim Dey: Finding the intersection of politics, medicine, vehicles

Not every doctor can tune up your car as well as your body.

But John Peterson is a mechanic for all years and models — either four wheels or two legs. Need an oil change? He's your man. If you're forced to go to the emergency room, well, Dr. Peterson can handle that, too.

And to think he was almost elected Urbana's mayor on top of all his other interests.

Top of the morning, March 12, 2015

When I was in grade school, the closest thing we got to a multimedia project was passing notes. The second-graders at Champaign's Stratton Elementary are a bit more advanced.

Area December graduates from University of Illinois

The University of Illinois has released its graduates from December. The following area students earned their degrees:

Arcola — Courtney C Ingram

Atwood — Kyle James Handschin

Bement — Holly D Fuson

Farmers not springing into planting yet

PENFIELD — The sun is shining, the snow is melting, but don't look for farmers in this area to start planting for at least another month.

Corn typically gets planted in late April, and soybean planting generally follows in May, said Eric Suits, who farms in northeastern Champaign County.

Area UI students named to dean's list

Area students named to the dean's list at the University of Illinois for the fall semester are as follows:

Allerton — Hillary Eileen Smith

Arcola — Maria Isabel Matias Climaco

Arthur — Carson R Petersheim

Area history, March 11, 2015

Today is Wednesday, March 11, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago: