Area history, Nov. 12, 2015

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

Notes-Worthy: Ryan Ideus & The Feudin' Hillbillys

C.U. Bands and Fans' Terry Brown chats with RYAN IDEUS & THE FEUDIN' HILLBILLYS as they approach their 10-year anniversary celebration on Nov. 13-14 at The City Center:

Where and how did the group begin?

Major general, UI alum: Keep current military in mind

CHAMPAIGN — Marine Major Gen. Melvin Spiese, a University of Illinois alum, is visiting campus, and has a Veterans Day message: He wants you to remember the men and women still serving.

Life Remembered: Nugent changed 'paradigm of disability'

Tim Nugent, who came back from World War II to devote his life to disabled veterans and wheelchair athletics, died on Veterans Day.

Curb cuts and other accessibility efforts that are common everywhere stemmed from his work, and wheelchair sports blossomed at the University of Illinois, with champions like Jean Driscoll, the eight-time winner of the Boston Marathon.

A guide for giving to charities during holidays

CHAMPAIGN — When someone solicits Joan Dixon for a donation by phone and it's not a cause she wants to give to, she politely tells them right away that she's not interested, thanks them for calling and advises them to have a nice day.

Top of the morning, Nov. 12, 2015

The Rev. Keith Thomas will officiate a Veterans Day celebration at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Champaign.

But his father just might deliver the most powerful message of the day.

UI's Tim Nugent, pioneer of accessibility, dies

URBANA — Timothy Nugent, the University of Illinois professor who helped change the world for people with disabilities, died Wednesday morning, according to the UI.

Interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson announced the news at a Board of Trustees' committee meeting in Chicago.

My Amish Home: Getting work done while sun is out

"The Lord knoweth the days of the upright, and their inheritance shall be forever. They shall not be ashamed in evil time, and in days of famine, they shall be satisfied. But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the Lord shall be as fat of lambs. They shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away." Psalm 37:18-20

Teacher of the week: Allison Altenberger

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...

Joan Griffis/Illinois Ancestors: Mystery novel is genealogy case study

A forensic genealogist's quest for his birth father is interrupted by his taking on a case involving the search for family information of a woman who was murdered more than 180 years ago.