Area history, Jan. 5, 2016

Today is Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 year ago.

Family Checkbook: Set a financial goal for 2016 and stick to it

By Kathy Sweedler

During the holidays I had an amazing opportunity to travel to Maui. As I walked along the beach, listening to the surf and marveling at the full rainbow over the ocean, I thought about where I am in my life and what I'd like to do in 2016.

Couple will replace vet's stolen Amtryke

TILTON — A Vietnam veteran whose Amtryke was stolen over the New Year's holiday is getting a new set of wheels thanks to a local couple.

Spotlight on Service, Jan. 5, 2016

A look at area do-gooders. This week: C-U Illini After Five Rotary Club

About the club

President: Jane Walsh

Origin: Founded in 2005

Meets: From 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, making it the only Rotary club in Champaign County that meets in the evening. The place: Homewood Suites (1417 S. Neil St., C).

Go figure: Jan. 5, 2016

A numerical look at local headlines


It was fun while it lasted but ALEX DOZIER's record-long reign as Chief Illiniwek officially ended when he turned in his senior thesis at semester's end.

Top of the morning, Jan. 5, 2016

Monday started the 100-day countdown until Ebertfest No. 18 at the Virginia Theatre.

The lineup of films will be announced later this month, first-year assistant festival director Casey Ludwig said Monday.

Ludwig replaces Mary Susan Britt, who steered the festival for 14 years.

Those Who Served: 'They said I should never have been on active duty'

CHAMPAIGN — Bernard Puglisi could easily have avoided serving as a Marine in Vietnam — in fact, he had to appeal a medical discharge after completing advanced, and dangerous, aviation training.

Puglisi, 72, a Champaign attorney, served five years on active duty and four years as a reserve officer, reaching the rank of major.

Area history, Jan. 4, 2016

In 1916, city directory publisher Charles Samson said that a crew of workers has begun work on the 1916 directory of the twin cities. Samson published his first Champaign-Urbana directory in 1910, and since has done so every two years.

Letter from Birdland: Will the water ever go away?

Are the lifeboats provisioned? If this rain keeps up, we may have to set sail from Birdland.

Domestic violence cases to be expedited

URBANA — Ask any police officer or deputy on the street and they'll tell you that rarely a shift passes without them being called to try to resolve a dispute between people who once professed to love each other.