Area history, June 9, 2016

Today is Thursday, June 9, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Notes-Worthy: Chris Cooper

C.U. Bands and Fans' Terry Brown chats with veteran and live music fan Chris Cooper.

First of all, on behalf of all of us, thank you for serving our country. Where and when did you serve?

Group wants to open safe haven for addicts to overcome drugs

DANVILLE — Wendy Lambert hasn't touched drugs or alcohol for close to 25 years, but she still vividly remembers what it was like to live in the grip of addiction.

Just 1 question: How does it feel to help improve lives?

Four University Laboratory High School students are helping others see the future a little more clearly.

'She kind of melted my heart'

URBANA — On his way to help with the rescue of about 40 neglected horses in North Carolina earlier this year, Justin Berry had no intention of bringing another animal home to his hobby farm near Villa Grove that already includes two horses, three dogs, two cats, three guinea pigs, chickens and ducks.

But a thin two-year-old filly had other plans.

The power of the flower

RURAL CHAMPAIGN — The flat fields along U.S. 45 between Urbana and Rantoul don't resemble Provence in France or Washington State, two of the top lavender-producing regions.

Yet over the past several years Jan Meier has made a go there of her Sharp's Crossing Lavender Farm — under a cellphone tower and visible from the highway.

'It's incredible to have a peek into your legacy'

CHAMPAIGN — A former Parkland College student did her alma mater proud Wednesday night.

Lori Gold Patterson, co-founder of the software engineering firm Pixo, became the first former Parkland student to earn the Parkland College Foundation's V. Dale Cozad Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Frank's Faves: Having fun all summer long

There's only one way to get a persistent song out of your head. This is it.

That's right, when a song haunts your cerebral playback channels long enough that you find yourself humming it even in the acoustic temple of a gas station restroom stall, it's time to take serious therapeutic measures.

Top of the morning, June 9, 2016

News that will excite the crowd at this weekend's Raggedy Ann Rally in downtown Arcola:

Hall of Fame sculptor Jerry McKenna is on schedule with his Raggedy Ann and Andy statue that will be delivered to Douglas County in the fall.

Piano prodigy heads back to Carnegie Hall

CHAMPAIGN — Pianist David "D.J." Wang is only slightly nervous about performing Saturday at Carnegie Hall.

After all, the 7-year-old Champaign resident is nearly an old hand at performing at the world-famous venue in New York City.

On April 23, two days after he turned 7, D.J. performed there as part of the American Protege International Piano and Strings Competition recital.