Spotlight on Service, May 31, 2016

A weekly look at area do-gooders. This week: Paris Lions Club

About the club

President: Deana Rhoads.

Origin: The club was chartered for the second time on Nov. 27, 1962. Corwin G. Mitchell was elected the first president, and the official charter night was in March 1963.

Area update: VG names two to hall of fame

VILLA GROVE — Two administrators who had major impacts in the community are the newest inductees to the Villa Grove High School Hall of Fame.

Since neither is a Villa Grove grad, John Schweighart Sr. and the late Frank Norris were elected as honorary members.

DACC's Thurman chosen for state honor

DANVILLE — When Kerri Thurman was first offered the job of administrative assistant to Danville Area Community College's president, she turned it down.

That was in 2006 when the lifelong Williamsport, Ind. woman was assistant to the plant manager at Teepak, now Viscofan.

"They offered me more money," she said with a sheepish grin.

Area history, May 31, 2016

Today is Tuesday, May 31, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Faces of '16: Tuan Nguyen

CHAMPAIGN — On his last day as a student at Champaign Central High School, Tuan Nguyen had a somewhat odd request for his counselor.

Those Who Served: UI student who spent 2 tours in Afghanistan would 'do it all over again'

CHAMPAIGN — Caleb Carlson is new to the University of Illinois, but he's already served a couple of tours in Afghanistan.

Originally from the Chicago area, he didn't feel ready to commit to another four years of school after high school.

So he enlisted in the Army. There was that family military tradition, too.

State trooper performs taps out of sense of service, honor

It's a service that takes less than one minute to perform. But the memory Mike Atkinson creates by playing taps at memorial services and funerals is far more lasting.

"They call it the 24 most difficult notes for a trumpeter," said Atkinson, 48, who lives in Urbana with his wife and three children.

Top of the morning, May 30, 2016

On Sunday, May 30, 2004, our front page was mostly taken up with the tales of a determined bunch of veterans nearing the conclusion of a trip of a lifetime.

Event will bring actors to Danville

DANVILLE — Pop culture figures — actors and writers — will star at the Villains Con Pop Culture and Tattoo Expo from Friday through next Sunday at the David S. Palmer Arena in Danville.

The three-day event, put on by the store Vintage Villains in Danville, is billed as central Illinois' largest pop culture gathering.

It's good as new

URBANA — When Allen Strong offered me a ride in his custom 1915 Packard Roadster — an early pace car at the Indy 500 — I opened the door to get in.

The historic moment immediately stopped with a thud.

"You're going to have to let me in first, unless you want to drive," Strong told me.