Area history, Oct. 12, 2016

Today is Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

My Amish Home: Getting out of fog to get things done

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness; against such there is no lay. And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, providing one another, envying one another." Galatians 5:22-26

Helping families in a complex world

Some good news emerged recently from the annual report on the well-being of America’s children.

Teen pregnancy is down, continuing a long-term trend. Binge drinking among high school students has dropped. More children have health insurance, and the percentage of teens smoking is the lowest since 1980.

Area history, Oct. 11, 2016

Today is Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Service Club of the Week: American Legion Riders Post 210

Staff writer Tim Mitchell's weekly look at area do-gooders:

About the club

Director: John Pigg.

Women take center stage during Hindu holiday of Navaratri

CHAMPAIGN — To mark a Hindu holiday that celebrates women, it's common to decorate a house with elaborate dolls of goddesses and sometimes ordinary people as well.

The festival is called Navaratri — in Sanskrit, "nava" is nine and "ratri" is nights — and on the 10th day, there's celebration of victory, said Subhalakshmi (Subha) Kumar.

Area history, Oct. 10, 2016

Today is Monday, Oct. 10, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Urbana man on Vietnam: 'Boy Scout camp with people shooting at you'

URBANA — Don King volunteered for Vietnam, not having learned the service lesson that you never volunteer.

"Boy Scout camp with people shooting at you," is how he described some of his time in the country.

Staff Sgt. King, now 72, grew up in Ohio and New York state, and had two years of college in 1964 when, "one step ahead of the draft board," he enlisted in the Air Force.

Top of the morning, Oct. 10, 2016

On Mondays, our award-winning photographers tell their stories. Today: Rick Danzl on getting the perfect feature photo.

Occasionally between assignments, staff photographers need to cruise for feature photos, which usually are of something we come across and run in the newspaper and on the website without a story.

Feeling right at home

JIM WALLER has been working in local real estate for the last 32 years and in the upcoming year, the Urbana native and current Champaign resident will serve as the president of the Champaign County Association of Realtors. Waller was in Naperville earlier this week being recognized for his new position, to which he traveled via automobile and not his Harley-Davidson Softail.