Area history, July 24, 2016

Today is Sunday, July 24, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

New UI chancellor travels different route

URBANA — No one calls Robert Jones "Bob." Except Desmond Tutu.

"It just sounds better when he says it," Jones says with a laugh.

Yes, Jones is on a first-name basis with the Nobel Prize winner, a bond forged when he worked on Tutu's program to provide a college education to black South Africans during the dark days of apartheid.

Wired-In: Julian Sanchez

On Sundays, staff writer Paul Wood spotlights a high-tech difference-maker. This week, Julian Sanchez, 38, wants to make your lawn look good. He has a Ph.D. in human factors psychology from Georgia Tech with an engineering background.

Reluctant Townie: Trying to enjoy summer as world crumbles

I've been trying my hardest to enjoy this summer, but the current state of affairs is making that increasingly difficult. Every morning brings fresh news of mass murder, numbingly senseless violence and societal breakdown, and when combined with the bran in my breakfast cereal, it's become difficult to digest.

John Roska: Annulment and divorce

Q: What's the difference between a divorce and an annulment? Have the recent changes in the divorce law affected how you can get an annulment?

C-U haiku, July 24, 2016

By Jim O’Brien, Ann Hart and Will Reger


The mind weaves patterns

wind on leaves in bright moonlight

seeing you everywhere

— Steve LaVigne, Columbia, Mo.

'It doesn't cost anything to knock on someone's door'

When Matt Duco goes door to door in neighborhoods across Champaign County, the Democrat campaigning for county recorder can usually expect two things.

No. 1, it takes some serious sweet talking to get people to open their screen doors to a stranger holding flyers.

Main Street/St. Joseph: A new path

ST. JOSEPH — Built on the banks of the Salt Fork River, this town is making a 90-degree turn.

Parallel to U.S. Route 150 and Interstate 74, there's a new path for visitors — and potential customers — to pass through St. Joseph.

It runs through Main Street, so a left or right turn takes you to a variety of businesses.

Top of the morning, July 24, 2016

Alexander Woods is a heckuva baseball player.

But the reason he'll draw cheers all around — and maybe tears from his mom — at Thursday's Tom Jones Challenge League All-Star Game has nothing to do with hitting, fielding or baserunning.

Who lives here? July 23, 2016

Each week , The News-Gazette will show a screen shot of a home from a movie or TV show and ask readers, "Who lives here?"

Email your guess of a character who resides in the featured home to, and we'll give a winner a shout-out on next week's page. Be sure to include your full name and town of residence.