Area history, Aug. 13, 2015

Today is Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Meg Makes: Abundance of tomatoes? Time for a Bloody Mary

For as long as I can remember, my mom has canned tomato products from her garden, and I've always happily helped.

(Fresh garden tomatoes are hands down my No. 1 favorite food, so chances are, I can swipe a few while I wash them, cut out stems and help cook them down into sauce or juice.)

My Amish Home: Weeds grow as other chores take precedence

"Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily, I say unto you, if ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. And all things, whatsoever ye ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive." Matthew 21:21-22

Joan Griffis: Genealogist overhauls popular website

Megan Smolenyak, well-known "genealogical adventurer and storyteller," has made some changes to her website, making it easier to read her recent blog posts and learn of genealogy news and events.

Neighbors: Recognizing area accomplishments

Nursing scholarships

Lakeview College of Nursing in Danville and Charleston awarded numerous scholarships for the summer 2015 semester.

Amanda Allhands of Danville received the Lakeview College of Nursing Board Scholarship Honoring Ron Crick.

Breana Baineof Urbana, the Danville Elks Blood Bank Scholarship.

Event aims to help teen with disease

RANTOUL — Deandra "Dee Dee" Bowen is a pretty typical 16-year-old girl.

She enjoys reading, and she loves to dance.

But she can no longer do the latter due to a physical condition that limits her mobility.

Bowen has Neurofibromstosis Type II, a disorder characterized by the growth of noncancerous tumors in the nervous system.

Younger Generation: Celebrating the achievements of young adults in East Central Illinois

Jefferson on target

Champaign Jefferson's archery team (Gold) finished fifth at last month's National Archery in the Schools Program World Championship in Nashville, Tenn.

More than 5,000 archers from five countries competed.

In face of need, training available for parish nurses

URBANA — They do a lot of listening, answer a lot of health questions and otherwise function as the nurses they are all week long at their paying jobs, but with one exception:

For a sliver of time each month, they're also parish nurses, volunteering at their churches to get some needed health services to their fellow church members.

Top of the morning, Aug. 12, 2015

Inspired by a story at about using fashion to change the stereotypes associated with young black men, Champaign's Jeremy Thorpe is hoping to start a similar movement in his own community.

Mural at Tommy Stewart Field honors both Champaign high schools

CHAMPAIGN — Centennial and Central may be big-time high school football rivals, but that doesn't mean they can't play nice when it comes to sharing a field.