'I just thought there's got to be something else'

CHAMPAIGN — Chase Hilgenbrinck got together with some friends last week to watch the soccer match between Portugal and Poland in the Euro Cup tournament. He watched the game through a different lens than most. Eight years ago, he was playing professional soccer in the MLS with the New England Revolution after a long stint with Chilean club Nublense.

Area history, July 5, 2016

Today is Tuesday, July 5, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Putting history on display

TUSCOLA — Area residents will have a chance to see artifacts and photos from local veterans at an exhibit opening later this month.

It's all part of the Veterans' Hall of Honor opening later this month at the Douglas County Museum, located at 700 S. Main St., Tuscola.

Family Life: Minimizing the effects of change on your child

By Chelsey Byers Gerstenecker

Change happens. Some changes are big, such as getting married or divorced, moving or the birth of a new baby. Other changes may be smaller but can still add up over time. Whether changes are life changing or minor inconveniences, they can cause stress.

Spotlight on Service, July 5, 2016

A look at area do-gooders. This week: Harry Carpenter American Legion Post 428

About the club

Commander: Harold Hoskins.

Origin: Founded in 1947.

Meets: 7 p.m. on third Thursday of the month at 103 N. Grant St., Potomac.

Top of the morning, July 5, 2016

His favorite team is struggling just a bit, but J.J. Lockwood's "Cubbie Conversations" are getting better each week.

'We love this country. We should have joined this a long time ago'

CHAMPAIGN — Thomas Chen has lived in Champaign-Urbana for nearly 50 years but never walked in the Freedom Celebration parade until Monday.

"Oh, it was fun. We should have done this 50 years ago," said Chen just before getting in a group picture at the end of the parade route with the more than 70 other Chinese Americans and their family members who walked with him.

Census estimates show Champaign County youngest in state

The median age in America: 37.8. The median age in Illinois: 37.7. The median age here: 29.8, making Champaign the youngest of Illinois' 102 counties, according to newly released estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. More nuggets of note from the latest batch of county data, courtesy managing editor Jeff D'Alessio:

Those Who Served: Savoy man recounts three decades in Navy

SAVOY — From blowing up enemy barges in Vietnam to commanding sailors who fought Saddam Hussein's forces, Capt. Mike Barker did more than his share in the service of the United States.

The veteran, 73, spent 311/2 years in the Navy, including two deployments to Vietnam.

Urbana VFW's veteran cooks are kitchen warriors

URBANA — Cooking their Independence Day meal for veterans at the Urbana VFW, the two Jims work well together — but they have their issues.

Though both served in the Vietnam era and both live in Urbana, Jim Matthews and Jim Butler are worlds apart.

"We do tend to disagree on some matters," Matthews says. "I call him a ditch-digger, and he calls me a swabbie."