Area history, March 6, 2015

Today is Friday, March 6, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1915: "L.A. Glenn makes formal announcement in The Gazette that he is a candidate for the Republican nomination to succeed himself as city attorney of Champaign. He is now making a vigorous campaign and will not relax his efforts until the polls close at the coming primary."

Top of the Morning, March 6, 2015

During his days at Illinois, J Leman wished there had been an alternative to Unofficial St. Patrick's Day.

"There never was anything else because everybody was too afraid to throw anything."

Now out in the business world, Leman decided to create his own event.

Firefighters honor Hoffman on anniversary of his death

CHAMPAIGN — Those who could remember recalled the snow vividly.

"There was about a foot of snow on the ground. The response was slower than normal," John Barker said of the fire call at 5:40 a.m. on March 4, 1960. "It was a small 1,050-square-foot home with a basement fire. There was snow piled up around the house so they didn't (immediately) recognize there was a basement."

Following his dream

URBANA — Once a week, Theron Sands heads to the University of Illinois Ice Arena to do the thing he loves most: speedskating.

He dons his skates and glides across the ice, creating a small breeze as he flies down the track.

Area history, March 5, 2015

Today is Thursday, March 5, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1915: George Snyder and Ed Collord this morning purchased the shoe store on North Hickory Street that has been operated for some time by J.C. Taylor. Both have been in the shoe business for years. Taylor will become night clerk at the new Inman Hotel in Champaign.

Go figure: March 5, 2015

A numerical look at local headlines


Members of the Champaign Federation of Teachers, who, unlike November, won't publicly support Unit 4's $144 million school facilities proposal on April's ballot.

Notes-Worthy: Jim Means of Killer Bee Honey

Terry Brown of C.U. Bands and Fans talks with guitarist Jim Means of Killer Bee Honey, a local band that plays covers and original music. The band also includes Lon Ray on guitar, vocalist Cathy Means, Aaron Burnett on drums, Josh Dodson on bass and Bryce Johnson on vocals.

How long has KBH been a band and who are the members?

Top of the Morning, March 5, 2015

Has old man winter played his last discordant tunes?

Let's hope so. I for one have been waiting for spring since November (which resembled January more than late fall, but that's another weather story).

But there was an shining moment after Sunday's snowfall: A good Samaritan cleared one ofthe city sidewalks adjacent to my home.

Illinois Ancestors: Genealogical conferences benefit researchers

Where can genealogical researchers go to attend any one of 150 genealogical seminars/workshops to be taught by more than 80 experts in their field?

Answer: This year the location is St. Louis, Mo., and May 13-16 are the dates for the National Genealogical Society's (NGS) annual conference, "Crossroads of America."

Area history, March 4, 2015

Today is Wednesday, March 4, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago: