Area history, Sept. 28, 2015

In 1915, St. Mary's parochaial school in Champaign will open its doors on Oct. 11, according to the plans of Rev. Father R.F. Flynn. By that date it is believed that construction of the school will have been completed. The building fully equipped will cost approxiately $45,000 and it will accommodate 200 pupils. Seven Sisters of Notre Dame will be engaged in the classroom work.

Active Aging: For Mahomet woman, 96, 'You just have to make your happiness'

MAHOMET — The side yard of Geraldine Hickle's home is abloom with coleus, the grape vines out back are flush with fruit, and geraniums and sweet alyssum line her sunny patio.

Still, the 96-year-old fusses that her yard isn't as nice as it used to be.

Japan: A cultural adventure

By Dennis Vidoni

"Maybe" was Eric's surprising response to my query about his interest in visiting Japan. A year later, our American Airlines Boeing 777 was landing at Tokyo's Narita International Airport.

Don Follis: September brings to mind Psalm 139

Every September when the weather cools off and the trees lose their luster, I think back to a long September night 20 years ago. I had just gone to bed at 10:30 p.m. when the phone rang. The man on the other end was from a church-based mission agency with whom my friends Ron and Carolyn Butler had served as missionaries in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Area history, Sept. 27, 2015

Today is Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Getting Personal: David Bernthal

Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Here, 65-year-old Mahomet resident David G. Bernthal, a recalled U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Central Illinois District, chats with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli. Bernthal is currently at the beginning level of CrossFit training.

Reluctant Townie: For sisters, love can be a painful thing

"I cannot ... control ... myself," said Alpha.

"At least you're admitting you have a problem," I said. "That is the first step."

Sunday Special: The life of Daisy

CHAMPAIGN — Daisy noses through a flower bed wearing a girl's bathing suit over her bottom and rubber booties on her rear paws, acting as happy as any dog in the world to be outside on a sunny September morning.

Brett Eldredge: Favorite son

It was not hard picking up country music star Brett Eldredge's trail in his hometown of Paris. Everyone in the Edgar County seat 60 miles southeast of Champaign seems to know him — and love him. Here, staff writer Melissa Merli tells of her trip Wednesday to the friendly town, where no one refused to talk to her about the pride of Paris.

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, Sept. 27, 2015

Picking up where we left off last week, we asked alumni of Central Illinois Business Magazine's Forty under 40 list: What's your best advice for dealing with a difficult boss?