Today's C-U parade lineup

The order of the parade at the Champaign County Freedom Celebration on Friday, July 4, 2014.

0. Exchange Club Flag Distribution

0a. Collections vehicle

1. Police escort

2. American Legion Post 24 color guard

3. DAV & VFW 5520 Transportation by First Student

4. CCFC balloon — Having a Ball

5. Gold Star Families

Top of the Morning, July 4, 2014

Now that the U.S. has been eliminated from the World Cup, we need a new team to root for during the rest of the tournament.

Time to borrow an idea from the boss, Jim Rossow, who suggested assigning the eight teams in the knockout round to communities in the N-G coverage area.

Music Q&A: Marissa Nadler

This week, Paul Wood chats with Marissa Nadler, whose latest recording is "July." She appears at Mike N Molly's on July 17.

I've heard your music described as "dream folk." Did you invent the genre?

Area history, July 3, 2014

Today is Thursday, July 3, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago.

Top of the Morning, July 3, 2014

They've performed at Soldier Field and the Rose Bowl. But for local band Captain Rat and the Blind Rivets, playing on July 4th in Champaign is as good a gig as it gets.

"There's no better place in the universe to be," band member Roger Prillaman said.

Neighbors: Recognizing accomplishments in our communities

Multiple medalists

Caleb Crede of Urbana and Emily Eisenmenger of Tolono won multiple medals with Team Illinois at the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in New Jersey.

Crede, competing in aquatics, earned a gold medal in the 100 relay, silver in the 25-yard breaststroke, a bronze n the 100 freestyle and finished fourth in the 50 backstroke.

Illinois Ancestors: Genealogy's top 2 sites hit by attacks

According to an article in the online Genealogy in Time Magazine Newsletter (June 21, 2014), and Find A Grave both experienced extended website outages recently. They were flooded with fake traffic in what is known as a distributed denial of service attack, a method popular with Internet pirates.

Area history, July 2, 2014

Today is Wednesday, July 2, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

My Amish Home: Dreaming of a patio while canning

"The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination of the Lord, but the words of the pure are pleasant words. He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house; but he that hateth gifts shall live. The Lord is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous." Proverbs 15:26, 27, 29

UHS alumni group sets planning meeting

URBANA — The Urbana High School Alumni Association will have a planning meeting at 5:30 p.m. July 8 at Bunny's Tavern in downtown Urbana to plan the alumni homecoming event in October.

The annual event on Oct. 3 will be for alumni of all classes and take place at the same time as the school's homecoming.