Area history, April 21, 2016

Today is Thursday, April 21, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Top of the morning, April 21, 2016

I hope you had the chance to read the wonderful obituary on Fred Gottheil, the philanthropic and trend-setting economics professor at the UI who died Sunday.

Dispensary opening delayed again

CHAMPAIGN — If you're waiting for Champaign's medical marijuana dispensary to open this week, the wait is going to be just a little longer.

Expected to open at the end of this week, Phoenix Botanical at 1704 S. Neil St., C is now looking to open at the end of next week, according to its manager, Dan Linn.

More honors from Urbana police

Joining Dennis Hatcher among those set to be honored at today's Urbana police awards ceremony: two of the department's finest.


After spending last year working as Urbana's animal control officer, neighborhood watch program coordinator and bicycle giveaway program administrator, Carr has taken on a new position this year: police evidence technician.

Honoree provides validation, encouragement to young artists

CHAMPAIGN — When Stacey Gross landed a job as Centennial High School's sole visual arts teacher right out of college, she planned to teach for a couple of years, then enroll in a master's program in photography at the Savannah College of Design.

Teacher of the week: Allyson Bork

On Wednesdays, we'll spotlight a difference-making area educator. To nominate a teacher, tweet to education reporter @Nicole_Lafond with the hashtag #TeacherOfTheWeek.

This week...

Joan Griffis/Illinois Ancestors: Periodicals are gold mines for researchers

Have you ever considered the wealth of material that has been, and is being, published periodically by local, state, national and international societies and organizations? Genealogists are not the only ones interested in such publications. Historians, teachers, and students as well as family history researchers have come to realize the wealth of information in such works.

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

Academic honors

Three area students — Salt Fork's Jenny Kimbro, Paxton-Buckley-Loda's Nick Porter and Mahomet-Seymour's Jack Hyde — were honored Monday night for being a part of the 2016 IHSA All-State Academic Team.

'Then it clicked. They just robbed the bank. I should call 911'

URBANA — Dennis Hatcher was tooling up North Cunningham Avenue in Urbana one morning last fall in a 1964 Ford pickup when his phone rang.

The 65-year-old Mahomet man, who sells older used vehicles, said the Ford is noisy so he had to stop to be able to hear his caller.

Area history, April 20, 2016

In 1916: Death from accidental asphyxiation was the verdict of the coroner's jury following an inquiry this morning into the death of Miss Clara Linwood Swearingen, whose lifeless body was found in a gas-filled room at her parents home at 102 W. Hill St., Champaign.