#TheMJs, July 15, 2016

On Fridays, Marcus Jackson (@MarcusJ_NG) will provide a quick glance at the best that Twitter has to offer. This week, intern Masaki Sugimoto (@MasakiSugimoto) is filling in.


Sheet music for Marching Illini? Buh-bye

When the Marching Illini report to preseason camp in August, the UI band won't be provided with sheets of music for upcoming shows.

Convention wisdom: Terra Patient

Ahead of next week's Republican National Convention, we're asking local GOP movers and shakers for their thoughts. Today: Terra Patient, former president of the Champaign County Young Republicans

What can Donald Trump say to rally the party?

New pastor gets right to work

RANTOUL — The Rev. Paula Wallace knows which way the wind blows. A native Hoosier, the new pastor of Rantoul First United Methodist Church said she's lived in Illinois so long, she now roots for the Illini over Indiana.

"I love my basketball," Wallace said.

Area history, July 15, 2016

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

In 1916: A total of 116 guests were present today at the annual picnic of the United Commercial Travelers, held at Crystal Lake Park in Urbana. A big chicken dinner was served at noon and a baseball game between Champaign and Danville was to be played later.

A musical test

RAII and Whitney are looking to move from the background to the foreground.

Latino murals will live on at UI

CHAMPAIGN — From the outside, the construction at 510 E. Chalmers St. looks like any other project, but inside there are temporary walls where there used to be artwork.

What's in a name? Bondville

When Henry Tilbury settled near the Indiana, Bloomington and Western Railway not far from what is now Illinois 10 in 1868, an acre of land was going for $12. Five years later, Tilbury filed the first town plat and Bondville came to be.

The name comes from L.J. Bond, an officer with the IB&W Railway who encouraged the growth of the village as a grain shipping point.

Top of the morning, July 15, 2016

Kenneth "Bub" Shelby wanted to think of a way to bring people together in the community. He tossed around different ideas until it came to him: kickball.

"Everybody enjoys kickball," Shelby said. "We grew up playing kickball."

Kickball it is, starting at 10 a.m. Saturday at Champaign's Douglass Park. The event is called the Love Thy Neighbor Kickball Tournament.

Unit 4 fills 6 administrator positions

CHAMPAIGN — In a musical-chairs rearrangement of school leaders, the Unit 4 school board approved six administrative appointments this week, most as interim positions.