Reluctant honoree: 'We all enjoy the service we provide'

CATLIN — Kevin Kirk was reluctant to return a call to The News-Gazette.

He knew that someone probably wanted to talk to him about being named the Catlin Lions Club's 2016 Citizen of the Year.

Spotlight on Service, May 10, 2016

A look at area do-gooders. This week: Sundowners Car Club

About the club

President: Gene Shelton

Origin: The club was founded in 1992.

Meets: 6 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month at the Urbana Garden Family Restaurant, 810 W. Killarney St.

Those Who Served: 'That's where I learned to pray'

TOLONO — Bill Kirby picked up downed aviators from the sea during World War II, saving Americans, British and even Germans.

The former Tolono mayor was a medical administrator in the Army Air Forces, entering the service as a private and leaving as a captain.

He helped fight tuberculosis while stationed in London, where "buzz bombs" demolished buildings a block or two away.

'An immediate impact'

TOLONO — After 35 years of teaching and directing local bands, Bill Jean will say goodbye at an open house today at Unity High School, where he has spent the last 10 years.

The longtime educator and Tons O' Fun band trumpet player will retire at the end of the year, leaving behind hundreds of thankful students, parents and community members.

Area history, May 10, 2016

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

Top of the morning, May 10, 2016

A reminder that you can have a say in what classic will be shown as part of the News-Gazette Film Series on June 25 at the Virginia Theatre. The candidates:

— Key Largo (1948)

— The Wizard of Oz (1939)

— Stagecoach (1939)

— Citizen Kane (1941)

— Mildred Pierce (1945)

— It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)

Area history, May 9, 2016

In 1916, a seven-passenger Mitchell automobile belonging to Elmer White, a well known farmer from near Mayview, was struck by a Wabash train on the Sidney branch Monday evening at the East Illinois Street crossing in Urbana. Of the five passengers in the auto it is believed none was seriously injured.

Top of the morning, May 9, 2016

Ten years ago, Amanda Wingfield Goldman was one of a number of students who had spent a semester or more at the University of Illinois after leaving universities in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina devastated the city. Goldman, who grew up in Champaign-Urbana and earned a bachelor's degree at the UI, was featured in a May 9, 2006, story by Julie Wurth in The News-Gazette.

A Champaign classic

CHAMPAIGN — For many people, the names Kyle and Phyllis Robeson bring to mind the Robeson Crossing commercial village, the Robeson Meadows subdivision and the family-owned department store that was a fixture in downtown Champaign for nearly a century.