Spotlight on Service, July 12, 2016

A look at area do-gooders. This week: Disabled American Veterans Champaign County chapter

About the club

Commander: Marty Poling

Origin: It was founded in the 1950s.

Meets: 6 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month at VFW 5520, 609 Edgebrook Drive, C.

Area history, July 11, 2016

In 1916, William Glascock, a well known resident of Urbana, was declared to be insane this morning at the county jail by a commission composed of Drs. J.M. Bartholow and E.J. Miller, and was ordered sent to the Kankakee asylum. Deputies and police found him last evening nude in the front of his home, yelling and creating a disturbance.

Champaign anti-violence rally: 'Just love each other'

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign mother and grandmother Erica Tims says she is concerned about the recent rise of shooting violence both locally and nationally.

Those Who Served: Navy medic in Pacific saw 'a lot of terrible wounds'

CHAMPAIGN — On the fiercely contested island of Okinawa, Bill Clemens served as a Navy medic, close enough to the lines that snipers fired at Marines and medics all around him.

"I don't know if they were firing at me," he says. "They didn't hit me."

At other times, the Americans took to the caves as makeshift air raid shelters.

Stars and Stripes forever

The day after a local man made national news after photos he posted of himself burning an American flag went viral on social media, American flags of all sizes were on display at every turn of Champaign County's Freedom Celebration parade. They were on vehicles traveling the route and in the hands of the thousands of spectators who lined the route.

Getting Personal: Matthew Gladney

Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Here, Matthew Gladney, a benefits counselor at the University of Illinois and a Champaign City Council member, chats with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli.

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Special report: Death's toll

Toya Frazier, about to suffer the violent symptoms that come with heroin withdrawal, was awaiting transfer to a prison to begin serving a 3 1/2-year sentence for retail theft.

Paul Clifton, a severe asthmatic, was locked up for violating his probation by driving on a suspended license.

Letter from Birdland: I learned a lot from Aunt Jane

It rained last night in Birdland, but by the time I left my bed this morning to feed two bad dogs, the sky was blue and sunny.

The rain was recent, though, the leaves of the trees still laden with raindrops. The wind blew just as I walked out under the big maple, and it sprinkled me with an artificial shower.

C-U haiku, July 10, 2016

By Jim O’Brien, Ann Hart and Will Reger


Fourth fireworks flare

Embers float in my back yard?

Oh! Fireflies' blinking glow

— Rosemary Laughlin, Urbana

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It's Your Business: Grain bin guest house opens

Now you can spend the night in a genuine grain bin from the 1950s.

The Has Bin Guest House is holding its grand opening today at a working farm at 2 Chicago St. on the south edge of Alvin.