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Area history, Feb. 26, 2016

In 1916, "Within six weeks from today, said E.C. English of English Bros. Construction, "you will see a flag waving from the top of the staff of the new Robeson Building." He said that structural steel would start to begin to be put in place the following week and that the five-story store would be ready for occupancy in August.

Top of the morning, Feb. 26, 2016

The final Illini Rebounders luncheon of the season is one of the signature events of the season, senior players and managers taking center stage. But Wednesday's winter storm forced cancellation of the event at Champaign's Hilton Garden Inn.

Dodds, Sokolski moving north

CHAMPAIGN — This is the city where Marci Dodds and Jon "Cody" Sokolski have lived longer than anywhere else.

But they won't be here much longer.

Notes-Worthy: Craig Rosson and Tina Reinhart

C.U. Bands and Fans' Terry Brown chats with CRAIG ROSSON and TINA REINHART, creators of the C.U.M.A. Inspiration Awards

What is C.U.M.A. Inspiration Awards and where did the idea originate?

A caring spirit

Forty or so years ago, a 20-something LYNNE BARNES was going about her day at Carle when she bumped into the big boss. CEO Chuck Van Vorst was on a mission to turn as many employees as he could wrangle into United Way donors. Barnes was an easy sell.

Area history, Feb. 25, 2016

Today is Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1916: The contract for the erection of the steel for the new Robeson store building has been awarded to English Brothers Co., who have been working on the excavation and foundation work. The structural steel is already under contract by Mr. Robeson and is in the Illinois Central yards.

Top of the morning, Feb. 25, 2016

Arcola's Jayna Romine has been working extra hard preparing for Saturday's 5K in Mahomet.

"There's been an uptick of doughnut consumption at our house," the 28-year-old mother of the two said. "I haven't really been running."

Teacher of the week: Kelly Yohnka

On Wednesdays, we'll spotlight a difference-making area educator. To nominate a teacher, tweet to education reporter @Nicole_Lafond with the hashtag #TeacherOfTheWeek.

This week...

Life Remembered: Original Ebertfest groupie was 'life of party'

URBANA — Checking in with her then-80-year-old mother one day, Ellen Warmbrunn was only a little surprised to hear she got home at 2 o'clock that morning.

No way Artha Chamberlain was missing a single flick at the first-ever Ebertfest.

"She was always doing everything," Warmbrunn said.