Bob Swisher: Hooked on a variety of topics

Here are some miscellaneous items of interest:

Late notice

It is not too late today. You get your Saturday morning paper at 6 in the morning so that is plenty of time to go to the Clingan Auction in St. Joseph at 10 a.m.

Sandra Mason: Happy faces

Daisies are sure to make you smile

Certain flowers always make me smile. Daisies are at the top of my friendly flower list. Not sure why they always bring a smile, but maybe it's because they smiled first. It's hard to resist a floriferous smile.

Garden in full glory

URBANA — Mike Weber can trace his passion for hostas back to seeing the many varieties of the shade-tolerant plant in a display garden in Ohio 24 years ago.

It was there, he recalled, that he saw for the first time what hostas could be.

Weekend planner: Garden extravaganza

The University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners' 24th Garden Walk from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today has a "flavor of everything," says Ava Heap, horticulture program coordinator for UI Extension Champaign County. "The theme is 'Garden Destinations,' " she said. "Most of the homeowner gardens this year emphasize that the gardens are extensions of their houses and that the gardens have rooms.

Area history, June 18, 2016

Today is Saturday, June 18, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1916: A beautiful series of folk dances by the children of Marquette School in Champaign will open the first general session of the Better Community Conference at the University of Illinois. The children have been drilled by Miss Zella Radenbaugh especially for the event.

'Lay the guns down'

CHAMPAIGN — "We'll be right back."

Those are the last words Shirley Phillips heard out of her daughter's mouth, as she headed out the door Sunday evening to grab a snack with her friend.

But Ericka Cox-Bailey never made it home. She was struck by a bullet around 8 p.m. when shots were fired from a passing car just a block away from where she was walking.

Top of the morning June 18, 2016

The next Maya Angelou enjoys riding bikes, playing volleyball and hanging with family.

Review: Stealing the show

It's been said that "Oliver!" has been steadfastly popular because of "four blockbuster songs and good little tunes in between."

That observation is alive and well in the Champaign Urbana Theatre Company's youth production at Parkland.

Special car to deliver the star

DANVILLE — When Dick Van Dyke returned to Danville High School in 2004 to be honored as a distinguished alumnus, his arrival was so low-key that it took most in the large welcoming party by surprise.

Campus cools down in the summer

CHAMPAIGN — During the school year, Legends Sports Bar and Grill can be a hard place to find a seat on Friday nights.

But on a warm evening in June, only five were taken.

Legends is just one of the businesses near the University of Illinois campus that faces dwindling crowds with the exodus of 31,600 students who don't take summer courses.