Those Who Served: For Army sergeant about to go to Japan, 'Harry Truman is my best friend'

TOLONO — After zig-zagging on a ship through a U-Boat-infested Atlantic without escort, Sgt. Kenneth Roellig served in the infantry. He then became a combat engineer — and got on a ship prepared to invade Japan.

Roellig, 90, is well-known here after serving 31 years in the Unit 7 school district, including seven as superintendent.

Who you gonna call?

RANTOUL — For Jan Allen, last week's highway accident that put nearly 100 feeder calves in jeopardy was nothing new.

It was the fourth mishap involving animals in the last year that Rantoul Foods' livestock-procurement manager responded to.

Studio Visit: Jessica Elliott

Jessica Elliott, 21, Urbana, will be a University of Illinois senior this fall in theater studies and is the director of CUTC's Kathy Murphy Student Production of "Oliver!" The final show will be at 2:30 p.m. today at Parkland College.

How do you feel "Oliver!" is going?

History on display at courthouse

URBANA — Seven score and 15 years ago, the women of Lombard and other small towns west of Chicago sent their husbands, sons, boyfriends and brothers off to war with a large, hand-sewn American flag.

Area history, June 26, 2016

Today is Sunday, June 26, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Ask 'Mimi,' June 26, 2016

Someone asked me the other day whether there will be an Ellnora The Guitar Festival this fall at Krannert Center.

No, it's a biennial. The next, in fall 2017, will showcase, as Fretboard Journal says, "the world's most distinctive and influential guitarists."

For the retirees, June 26-July 3, 2016

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Graves, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 48 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, phone 359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Service of Champaign County.

John Roska: How to change your name

Q: How do I change my name? Do I have to publish a notice in the newspaper?

A: Adults who want to change their name must file a written request in court, and publish notice in a local paper. After the notice has been published, there's a court date. A judge then either grants or denies the request.

Letter from Birdland: A look at the colorful past, present of Ireland

I imagine it's hot in Birdland, but here in Dublin it's cool and damp, and I like it. We took a day trip out to Sandymount to climb the James Joyce Tower and read the first chapter of "Ulysses."

Reluctant Townie: It's my birthday and I'll write what I want to

I would like to take some time out this week to wish myself a happy birthday.

Without my birth, there would be no Reluctant Townie column, and The News-Gazette would presumably be forced to use this space to run something of actual literary merit.

So, you're welcome.