Area history, Sept. 12, 2015

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

Top of the morning, Sept. 12, 2015

Shin Dian

That's "lightning" in Mandarin Chinese.

I know this because David He and Bruce Lu called last week's weather-delayed Illini opener at Memorial Stadium. The UI students picked a strange game to make their history-making broadcast debut but had fun nonetheless.

Succeeding big-time with old-time tunes

URBANA — After tying the knot on Aug. 30, 2014, Bryant and Melaney Ballengee danced to Valerie June's "Somebody to Love."

Ellnora addition: Killeen

The Ellnora guitar festival will feature a special celebrity guest appearance — though he prefers "cameo" — by University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen.

The UI president, who is a self-described "wanna be" classical guitarist, will pair up with Professor Edward Seidel for a short performance on Saturday afternoon.

House candidate has convictions for DUI, disorderly conduct

PARIS — A recently announced candidate for the Legislature has a court record in Edgar County that includes convictions for DUI and for disorderly conduct.

But Randy Peterson, the Edgar County Republican Party chairman, said Thursday he hopes that voters understand the convictions are part of his past and that he is a changed man.

Just 1 question: Sharon Isbin's first guitar

We asked Sharon Isbin, the artist in residence at Ellnora The Guitar Festival, about her first guitar. 

"I was 9 years old when my family moved to Italy for a year. When I began (lessons) a guitar was handmade for me because I was a kid.

A family affair

CHAMPAIGN — In the summer of 1965, local carpenter Doug Williams could be found sitting on a sawhorse at a construction site, watching his father put finishing touches on the then-new University of Illinois Assembly Hall.

Things aren't much different for Doug this summer — except he's no longer on the sidelines.

Top of the morning, Sept. 11, 2015

High school football is back on WDWS. The Champaign station will carry at least three games this season, starting with tonight's Centennial-Peoria Richwoods game at Tommy Stewart Field. Tim Ditman and Michael Kiser will handle the call.

"There's been a good response," Scott Beatty said. "The sponsors really jumped on this opportunity. The sponsorships are sold out."

Heading north to Bear down

When the regular season opens at Soldier Field at noon Sunday, folks will already be tailgating, so Champaign-area fans need to plan to get up awfully early or stay in Chicago the night before.

And prepare to hate on the Packers.

The most important step is getting the tickets.

A host of excitement

As Krannert Center for the Performing Arts gears up for today's Opening Night Party for the season and Ellnora The Guitar Festival, director Mike Ross took time out to chat with arts writer Melissa Merli:

You've been director of Krannert Center for 18 years. Why have you stayed here after having come from New York City and California?