Area history, July 15, 2016

Today is Friday, July 15, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1916: A total of 116 guests were present today at the annual picnic of the United Commercial Travelers, held at Crystal Lake Park in Urbana. A big chicken dinner was served at noon and a baseball game between Champaign and Danville was to be played later.

Convention wisdom: Terra Patient

Ahead of next week's Republican National Convention, we're asking local GOP movers and shakers for their thoughts. Today: Terra Patient, former president of the Champaign County Young Republicans

What can Donald Trump say to rally the party?

Top of the morning, July 15, 2016

Kenneth "Bub" Shelby wanted to think of a way to bring people together in the community. He tossed around different ideas until it came to him: kickball.

"Everybody enjoys kickball," Shelby said. "We grew up playing kickball."

Kickball it is, starting at 10 a.m. Saturday at Champaign's Douglass Park. The event is called the Love Thy Neighbor Kickball Tournament.

Unit 4 fills 6 administrator positions

CHAMPAIGN — In a musical-chairs rearrangement of school leaders, the Unit 4 school board approved six administrative appointments this week, most as interim positions.

Vermilion balloon event features a first for pilot

DANVILLE — Tony Sandlin has been piloting hot air balloons for 14 years.

But flying at the inaugural Balloons Over Vermilion will mark a first for him.

Sandlin will be taking a rider, who's wheelchair-bound, on a hot air balloon flight.

After delays, scandal, fraternity to break ground

CHAMPAIGN — Three years after Lambda Chi Alpha alums started working on plans to replace a beloved but worn-out chapter house at the University of Illinois, the project is moving forward.

Lineman recovering from 8,000-volt New Year's Eve burns

RANTOUL — Marvin Scherbring hadn't been back to the site where an electrical accident on New Year's Eve Day nearly took his life.

He'd driven by, but had never gotten close to the electrical transclosure, where the line foreman for the village of Rantoul sustained serious burns when he was hit with nearly 8,000 volts.

Area update: Fundraiser to help family after fatal crash

TOLONO — Less than a month after a Coles County accident that took the lives of Arcola teenager Christopher D. West and his father, Paxton resident Christopher L. West, the community will rally around their family.

Notes-Worthy: 'Debitcard Darrell' Heisey

C.U. Bands and Fans' Terry Brown chats with 'Debitcard Darrell' Heisey, lead singer of Birds on a Wire:

How did Birds on a Wire come about?

Area history, July 14, 2016

In 1916: Dr. Lawson of Sidney this morning discovered a well-developed case of infantile paralysis at the home of Willis Covis on the Theodore Block farm south of Sidney. The child has been sick for several days. There also is another suspected case in the community. Supervisor C.C. McElwee was notified of the Covis case this morning and will enforce a strict quarantine.