Top of the Morning, March 14, 2015

Customer service is critical to our mission.

So when I receive a letter like the one subscriber Helen Mardis sent to N-G carrier Eager Brown, it makes my day.

'It keeps the devil that lives within me gone'

URBANA — A year and a half after the former governor signed into law a medical marijuana pilot program, it will be months before the drug is distributed — legally — in Illinois.

Luther Marlow couldn't wait.

Area history, March 13, 2015

Today is Friday, March 13, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1915: A husband who is a railroader returned to his Champaign home to find another man in a room with his wife and immediately pounced upon the lover, giving him a severe beating and throwing him down the stairs in the flat over 307 N. Neil St.

Top of the Morning, March 13, 2015

Lucky WDWS listeners who tuned in to Tuesday's Illinois-Chicago State baseball game got a special treat: analysis from the guy who knows the team as well as anyone this side of Dave Loane.

Jeff Huth, who recently retired from The News-Gazette, helped Loane call the Illinois win.

He covered the Illinois baseball team for 34 years and wanted to stay involved in the sport.

Frank's faves, March 12, 2015

I was all set to talk March Madness and big-screen hoops dreams this week when it happened — actor Harrison Ford crash-landed his WWII-era plane on a Venice, Calif., golf course, and nearly a half-century of Hollywood superstardom flashed before my eyes.

Area history, March 12, 2015

Today is Thursday, March 12, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1915: George Inman, builder of the new Champaign hotel which bears his name, was highly praised for his work by prominent citizens of the community at the opening banquet at the hotel.

Jim Dey: Finding the intersection of politics, medicine, vehicles

Not every doctor can tune up your car as well as your body.

But John Peterson is a mechanic for all years and models — either four wheels or two legs. Need an oil change? He's your man. If you're forced to go to the emergency room, well, Dr. Peterson can handle that, too.

And to think he was almost elected Urbana's mayor on top of all his other interests.

Notes-Worthy: Clark Gibson of Old Style Sextet

Terry Brown of CU Bands and Fans talks with Clark Gibson of Old Style Sextet, a local group that focuses on original music. Besides Gibson on alto sax and tenor sax, the band includes Euan Edmonds on trombone, Sam Peters on bass, Matt Endres on drums, Easton Stuard on piano and Michael Fenoglio on alto sax and tenor sax.

Top of the morning, March 12, 2015

When I was in grade school, the closest thing we got to a multimedia project was passing notes. The second-graders at Champaign's Stratton Elementary are a bit more advanced.

Area December graduates from University of Illinois

The University of Illinois has released its graduates from December. The following area students earned their degrees:

Arcola — Courtney C Ingram

Atwood — Kyle James Handschin

Bement — Holly D Fuson