Area history, April 12, 2016

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

I texted you what?!


Chelsey Byers/Family Life: A tip of the cap to families

This week I would like to focus on children and parenting and do so in a twofold way. I would first like to share some protective factors that decrease the likeliness of child abuse in honor of April being Child Abuse Prevention Month and then bring awareness to the Week of the Young Child.

Spotlight on Service, April 12, 2016

A look at area do-gooders. This week: Hands 4 Paws

About the club

President: Nancy Snook

Origin: The club formed in 2006 with the goal of raising enough money to build an independently run animal shelter in Douglas County.

Top of the morning, April 12, 2016

The circus was in town Monday. The Chicken Whisperer is on deck.

Andy Schneider, touted as "the go-to guy for anything chickens," will take your poultry questions April 20 at FS Farmtown in Urbana (reserve seats by calling 217-384-8303). He answered ours over the weekend:

Three things I need to get started before raising backyard chickens?

Those Who Served: WWII sailor 'so thankful for the atom bombs'

CHAMPAIGN — Morris Hecker was bombed and strafed on his LST — an acronym that he jokes stands for "Long, Slow Target."

Landing Ship Tanks were boats that delivered men and materiel in beach landings under fire, and Hecker saw more than his share of them.

Area history, April 11, 2016

In 1916, a preliminary statement on the census of Danville showed that manufacturing there had grown, as had the number of people employed in manufacturing. The number of industrial plants in the city grew from 76 to 100 between 1910 and 1914. The number of employees grew from 2,044 to 2,481.

Getting Personal: Nikki Mercer

Here, 38-year-old Champaign resident Nikki Mercer chats with The News-Gazette's Paul Wood about Girls on the Run of Champaign County at the Stephens Family YMCA.

What interests you most right now?

Business listings, April 10, 2016

These applications for assumed business names were filed recently with the Champaign County clerk's office:

Beautiful Balance Salon & Spa, 109 N. Main St., St. Joseph, Pamela Wells, 803 E. Douglas St., St. Joseph.

CI Healthy Vending, 1304 Woodland Court, Mahomet, Paulette Sullivan, same address.

2016 Ebertfest Primer

CHAMPAIGN — The buzzword for Roger Ebert's Film Festival: diversity.

The annual event has always strived for that but is paying particular attention to it this year, following the #OscarsSoWhite controversy.