Area history, Feb. 24, 2014

Today is Monday, Feb. 24, 2014. News reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

A look back at Sochi, from an expert

Before Sochi was the center of the world for the past couple weeks, it was a focus of research for Diane Koenker, University of Illinois history chairwoman and professor. In her book, "Club Red: Vacation Travel and the Soviet Dream," she explores vacation and tourism in a country with some dark aspects to its history.

Woman wins 'American Pickers' contest

PAXTON — When Robin McNish goes “picking” with “American Pickers” star Frank Fritz later this year, she would like to hit up the back roads of East Central Illinois and perhaps sift through Ray Leisure’s massive antiques collection in Gibson City.
Fritz and co-star Mike Wolfe already know about this area — Leisure was featured on their popular History Channel show l

Top of the Morning, Feb. 24, 2014: From the archives

Digital photography is a wonderful thing. Push the shutter and you immediately know if you got the photo you wanted. And if you didn't, shoot again.

Business and professional briefs, Feb. 23, 2014

New jobs

Risner joins realty firm. Lee Risner of Urbana has affiliated with Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell, Champaign, as a full-time sales associate on the Jeremy Brandow team.

Risner, who has been in real estate since 2010, has experience in residential real estate sales, manages rental properties and is trained in short sales.

Expert: Wedding businesses may need to revise practices

When Rob McKinney and Tyler Leasher began meeting with vendors to plan their wedding, they weren't sure of what kind of reception they'd get.

Business listings, Feb. 23, 2014

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

1732 Creatives, P.O. Box 3056, C, by Cyrus Williams, same address.

Ask Joe to Mow, 1214 Cambridge Drive, C, by Joseph F. Asselin, same address.

Champaign Tattoo, 1410 N. Neil St., C, by Ray Allen Hughes, 4514 Lindsey Road, C.

Questions and answers on same-sex marriage law

Gay rights activist Randy Hannig was in Champaign recently to answer the public’s questions about Illinois’ same-sex marriage law. Here are the three most common questions posed to Equality Illinois officials during their statewide blitz:

Where do we get a marriage license, and how much does it cost?

Reluctant Townie: Still achin' and breakin' after all these years

In a move that no one anticipated — because chaos theory states we cannot predict the outcome of a complex system such as what Billy Ray Cyrus will do when rent's on the line — last week the world welcomed the release of a hip-hop sequel to Billy Ray Cyrus' 1992 chart topper/toe tapper/boot stomper "Achy Breaky Heart."

Business calendar, Feb. 23, 2014

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