"What was going through my mind is, 'I hope they make it'"

SAVOY — In the last 10 days, Mike Roberson lost a close uncle in a freak work accident, had his home consumed by fire and helped rescue several members of a family in a wreck on Interstate 57.

Area update: Gibson City OKs resolution supporting police

GIBSON CITY — Gibson City this week became only the third U.S. community to adopt a resolution in support of its police department, according to Chief Steve Cushman.

The resolution acknowledges a surge in violence against police and urges continued support of the department, including programs that fund protective equipment for officers.

Area history, Oct. 29, 2015

Today is Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Memorial held on anniversary of 4-year-old's accidental death

URBANA — Some days are good, but most days are still hard for Colleen Bezich and her family.

Wednesday was a hard day.

Oct. 28 marked four years since the Urbana mother of four accidentally ran over her young daughter, Maddy Bezich, when backing a car out of the driveway. The four-year-old was pronounced dead at the hospital later that morning.

Homegrown haunts


East Central Illinois' towns are often cited as big party towns, top engineering schools (name two things that often do not go together?), best places to relax and as having a lower ghost — I mean, cost — of living. ...

But what about most affordable places to be ghosts?

WBCP marking quarter-century

CHAMPAIGN — When J.W. Pirtle was building a radio station from scratch in 1989, he never dreamed he would still be in the business a quarter-century later.

Just 1 question: How does walking help?

Over two months into the school year, not only are 90 percent of Lori Bullock's fifth graders at Cerro Gordo Elementary passing their tests, they're a little more physically fit, too.

Notes-Worthy: Andy Morellion

C.U. Bands and Fans' Terry Brown chats with Andy Morellion, original artist, musician and band member.

Are you originally from Champaign, and how long have you been a great part of the C-U music scene?

Top of the morning, Oct. 29, 2015

Of all the trick-or-treat hours listed in today's e3 — 77 area towns — three caught my eye:

SULLIVAN (Friday & Saturday)

I'm tempted to pack my kids in the minivan and head to Moultrie County, where there are two — yep, two — nights of trick-or-treating. It's been that way for years.

Joan Griffis/Illinois Ancestors: Ellis Island facts significant for researchers

It has been estimated that at least one third of all Americans have ancestors who entered this country through Ellis Island. GenealogyInTime Magazine has posted some interesting facts, along with photographs, about that port of entry at