Area history, April 18, 2015

In 1915, Charles Davis, alias "Teeters," was shot in the right shoulder Sunday afternoon while trying to resist arrest on a bootlegging charge in Penfield. Davis and Charles Broomfield allegedly came to Penfield Sunday morning, each with 2 gallons of Cherry Special whiskey that they peddled from the curbstone.

Top of the morning, April 18, 2015

Austin Cloyd loved her Centennial Chargers. She was a big fan of Illinois basketball, too.

"I still have all her T-shirts at home," said her mom, Renee Cloyd, "so I'm going to make a T-shirt quilt — one side orange, one side blue — and bring it back. The students would get a kick out of it."

Ebertfest: Couple who got engaged at 2003 festival honored

CHAMPAIGN — Before the 2003 Ebertfest, Daniel and Janet Weber had dated on and off for about four years.

But by the time the festival rolled around, Daniel knew he wanted to propose to Janet.

After husband's death, Shelby 'decided I wouldn't let it get too hard'

Long before she became one of the region's biggest car dealers, Jennifer Shelby hawked Thin Mints and Do-si-dos door to door in Champaign.

"When you are that young, it can be nerve-wracking to go do a sales pitch," says the ex-Brownie turned Girl Scout. "But if you can do it, it really is a good growing experience. If you can sell cookies, you can sell cars."

Area history, April 17, 2015

In 1915, "It's all nonsense for the people of the United States to talk about competing in agriculture with Argentina and some of the other South American countries," Congressman William McKinley said after returning from a tour of South America.

A life remembered: Math professor Ash's work will endure

URBANA — Professor Robert Ash never stopped learning and sharing his knowledge.

He came to the mathematics department at the University of Illinois in 1963, and his career followed an unusual path, said Harold Diamond, a professor emeritus who worked with the late professor after coming to the UI in 1967.

Put on your dancing shoes — and make sure they're sturdy

CHAMPAIGN — At Centennial High School, students have baked and sold cookies. They've sold thousands of candy bars. And tonight, they'll celebrate and dance with the public and some of the families they hope to see benefit from their fundraising this year.

LIVE: 2015 Ebertfest Day 2

Welcome to our LIVE report from Ebertfest, coordinated by staff writer MELISSA MERLI, who has been on hand for each one of the festivals in downtown Champaign.

She will be tweeting regularly throughout the week. Follow her here

Area history, April 16, 2015

In 1915: Gov. Dunne said he has no intention of taking a hand in the controversy involving the closing of saloons on Sundays in Chicago. It was pointed out that while he was mayor, the governor resisted a mandamus to compel him to close the saloons.

UI's Ginsburg to be honored for education program at Danville prison

CHAMPAIGN — She's always had a passion for helping the disenfranchised and those marginalized by society.

That passion took Rebecca Ginsburg abroad for several years where she was involved in human rights and anti-apartheid efforts.