Area history, May 28, 2016

Today is Saturday, May 27, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1916: For the first time in this part of the country, a Catholic Mass will be held outdoors tomorrow at St. Mary's Cemetery in Champaign. In fact, such an occasion is very rare among Catholics in any part of the country.

Sandra Mason: Bite back

Some fear bears. Some fear sharks. Although I doubt we will see a TV station offering Mosquito Week, we should have a healthy fear of mosquitoes, a fear that leads us to action.

UHS student to 'talk about the struggles we face'

URBANA — A tradition at Urbana High School, ahead of the spring graduation ceremony, calls for Principal Matthew Stark and a few colleagues to listen to seniors audition for the right to give a speech at graduation.

Top of the morning, May 28, 2016

Notes from the newsroom:

— Publisher John Reed put it best during his Friday morning radio appearance on WDWS 1400-AM when asked about our eEdition.

"Radically updated," he said.

What's in a name? American Legion Post 24

Had there not been a rash of applications for the American Legion headquarters to sort through in 1919, perhaps Champaign's original post would be known by a different number. But its application was the 24th received from the state of Illinois, so it has been known since then as American Legion Post 24. Post numbers are distributed separately in each state.

Champaign church celebrates 150 years

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign's Salem Baptist Church celebrated its 150th anniversary on May 22.

The church held a variety of festivities leading up to Sunday's events, which featured Bishop Edward M. Clark, a son of Salem Baptist.

Clark is now affiliated with the Liveoak Baptist Church in College Park, Ga.

The celebration theme was "We've Come This Far By Faith."

Go figure, May 27, 2016

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Top of the morning, May 27, 2016

Darlene Kloeppel got a surprise in her Urbana front yard this week. A good kind.

The Dracunculus vulgaris that Kloeppel planted 11 or 12 years ago is in full bloom after a lengthy absence.

"I assumed that it died," Kloeppel said. "It's not supposed to be winter hearty."

Kloeppel saw small leaves from the plant more recently and didn't remove it. Gradually, it came back.

Area history, May 27, 2016

Today is Friday, May 27, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1916: Approximately 6,000 men, women and children marched Friday in Champaign in Illinois' first preparedness demonstration. The procession was composed largely of Twin Cities people but in it were citizens from all parts of the county.

Facility committee narrows options on school upgrades

CHAMPAIGN — South Side Elementary School should be torn down and built new; Centennial High School should be expanded to accommodate 1,700 students; Central High School will either be expanded on-site or built brand new across the street.