Area history, Sept. 23, 2014

Today is Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1914: An ordinance providing for the construction of a concrete sidewalk on the west side of Elm Street in Champaign, between John and Green streets, was approved by the Champaign City Council. Several weeks ago, Mrs. Porterfield had protested the sidewalk.

Unity student to sing on 'The Voice'

TOLONO — A Tolono teenager is hoping to make his dreams come true with an upcoming appearance on the popular NBC show "The Voice."

Still driving the bus at 80

Editor's note: This is the second in our series of profiles highlighting Active Aging Week, which started Saturday and runs through Friday. Here's the first installment, from Sunday.

Area history, Sept. 22, 2014

Today is Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Top of the Morning: From the archives

So long, summer.

On the first day of autumn, it's time to start thinking about "leaf peeping."

Fortunately, we have an expert on the topic, in Jeff Dawson, an emeritus professor of tree physiology in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois.

Reluctant Townie: The decline of my recliner

A couple of weeks ago, I used this column to make my feelings about the fall season known to the world (or at least East Central Illinois), and it appears that autumn got the message, because it has since done its very best to give me the reciprocal middle finger — and it's reached its bony arm throug

Ask 'Mimi' Sept. 21, 2014

Mimi, did you go to the Rosanne Cash show at Krannert last weekend?

Getting Personal: Peggy Patten

Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Here, 59-year-old Urbana resident Peggy Patten chats with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli. Patten retired June 30 after working for 30-some years in early childhood education as a teacher and a teacher educator. She spent most of those years at the University of Illinois.

Business and professional briefs, Sept. 21, 2014

New jobs

Johnson to manage Fehr Graham office. Matthew Johnson has been appointed branch manager of the Fehr Graham engineering and environmental office in Champaign.

Melissa Merli: Powers' spirits up in face of hard times

For the past 13 years J. Michael Powers has been a sort of Father Time fixture at the farmers' market in Urbana, maintaining a steady beat as a one-man percussion ensemble.