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Bob Swisher: Sale last weekend was a big success

Success!

That is the one-word description of our estate/antique sale on Round Barn Road last weekend. We had more than 1,400 hits on the estate sale site online.

There were some real surprises in my own mind.

A really nice Coca-Cola bicycle did not sell. It was priced at $500 and was in great condition.

Top of the morning, July 2, 2016

More impressive than his streak of appearing in 35 Fourth of July parades is the fact that Lon Pitcher hasn't been kicked out once.

"So far," the retired Champaign firefighter said, chuckling.

Weekend planner: Frosty treats, patriotic beats

The folks at the Virginia Theatre joked about calling this year's "Ice Cream and Independence" event "Fro-Yo and Independence" because TCBY frozen-yogurt sundaes will be served (not ice cream).

Weather wouldn't cancel everything

CHAMPAIGN — While Ginny Schlorff and the rest of the crew heading this weekend's Champaign County Freedom Celebration are hopeful that the forecasted inclement weather skips the area, there are contingency plans in place in case Mother Nature decides to be uncooperative.

'This is just like returning home'

URBANA — After 30 years away, 26 of them in Madison, Wis., Cheryl Hanley-Maxwell is coming back to the Big Ten campus where it all began for her.

The River Forest native, who earned three degrees from the University of Illinois and met her husband here, is the new dean of the College of Applied Health Sciences at her alma mater, the UI announced Friday.

'It's affordable, and it's fun, and I think it's important'

CHAMPAIGN — Who doesn't love a parade, right?

Maybe the kids of elected officials, like Champaign County Auditor John Farney, who will try to pull off the cavalcade triple play Monday morning, walking in three July 4 events.

Area history, July 2, 2016

Today is Saturday, July 2, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Area update: Scoreboard dedicated

MAHOMET — A new scoreboard at the south ball diamond at Taylor Fields has been dedicated in honor of late Mahomet resident Chris Craig.

'It's my journey and my family's journey, too'

DANVILLE — On Aug. 28, 2005, Greg Williams penned the first entry in a journal for his granddaughter, Reagan.

Wisconsin professor named dean at UI's Applied Health Sciences

URBANA — Cheryl Hanley-Maxwell will replace long-time dean Tanya Gallagher as the head of the College of Applied Health Sciences in August, the University of Illinois announced Friday.