Top of the morning, Jan. 13, 2016

On Wednesdays, we spotlight area do-gooders in Neighbors. Something to get you there:

The last time John Kenneth Young missed a St. Joseph-Ogden High boys' basketball game, it was because of work.

That was in 1975.

Kessel receives Burgess-Freiburg award

URBANA — For more than a decade, Barbara Kessel has been in and out of the Champaign County jail, volunteering with an organization that puts books in the hands of inmates there and in prisons throughout Illinois at no cost.

Area history, Jan. 12, 2016

Today is Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Backers reflect as Obama prepares State of the Union

Barack Obama's two terms as president will come to an end exactly 373 days from now.

Spotlight on Service, Jan. 12, 2016

A look at area do-gooders. This week: Douglas County Rotaract

About the club

Co-Presidents:Carly McCrory and Mallory Davidson

Origin: Founded in September 2011

Did you know? In April 2013, the Douglas County Rotaract was awarded the Outstanding Rotaract Club Award at the Rotary District 6490's annual conference.

Top of the morning, Jan. 12, 2016

Some weekend basketball leftovers ...

— Finishing a close second to John Groce's Illini on Sunday in terms of excitement was the halftime act, which had State Farm Center buzzing.

The Firecrackers are an energized rope-jumping outfit based in Kings Mill, Ohio, made up of girls in grades 3-8. They worked halftime of Wisconsin's game on Saturday before traveling to C-U.

Area history, Jan. 11, 2016

In 1916, at a meeting yesterday of the trustees of the Wesley Foundation, board members voted to prepare plans for the first building of the foundation group, on the Burrill property at the corner of Green Street and Mathews Avenue in Urbana. The building will cost in the neighborhood of $100,000.

Top of the morning, Jan. 11, 2016

When I was assigned to cover the city of Urbana in the early 1980s, my first police ride-along was with Jim Page. Our paths crossed from time to time over the ensuing years, as he rose to be assistant chief at Urbana and then became director of the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System.

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, Jan. 10, 2016

We asked area Republicans: Are you a believer in the presidential hopeful still leading most party polls — one Donald J. Trump?


Parkland College board member

Area history, Jan. 10, 2016

Today is Sunday, Jan. 10, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago: