Area history, Nov. 10, 2015

In 1915: Two Greek section men employed by the Big Four Railroad at Hillery, west of Danville, were shot and killed last night, allegedly by two Negro men who escaped without booty. There were four Greek men in a bunk car when the alleged assailants entered.

Principal spends day reading for a cause

From the time Principal Chris Gilbert arrived at Bottenfield Elementary on Monday morning until the 3 p.m. bell rang, he didn't stop reading.

Gilbert spent the day journeying from classroom to classroom — he even sat under a tree at recess — reading titles like "Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs," "Click Clack, Splish Splash" and "Pete the Cat" to students of all grade levels.

Spotlight on Service, Nov. 10, 2015

A weekly look at area do-gooders. This week: Bismarck Women's Club

About the club

President: Cheri Hembrey

Origin: Founded on July 31, 1956

Meets: 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month at Bismarck United Methodist.

Top of the morning, Nov. 10, 2015

Crowned champion at "Dancing With The CU Stars," businessman Scott Miller isn't quitting his day job.

"I think I'm going to stick to dancing at weddings and parties — no bigger competitions," said Miller, who teamed with dancing pro Riley Strathman to win Friday's popular fundraiser in Champaign. "I'd like to retire on top, like John Elway."

Monticello mayor resigns due to chronic Lyme disease

MONTICELLO — Chris Corrie has resigned as mayor of Monticello, citing "legitimate health reasons" due to ongoing struggles with chronic Lyme disease.

Area history, Nov. 9, 2015

In 1915, it was the 45th birthday of Orville L. Davis, editor of The Champaign Daily Gazette. It also was the 25th anniversary of the day that he commenced his labor upon this paper. The date was celebrated the night before by a surprise banquet at the Hotel Beardsley tendered by other members of the force accompanied by their wives. There were 48 present.

Those Who Served: In Vietnam, 'there were so many ways to get hurt or sick'

CHAMPAIGN — This draftee won a Bronze Star in Vietnam.

Champaign Certified Financial Planner Lee Smith, 64, was a grunt in the jungle in 1971 after dropping out of the University of Illinois and finding himself with a very low number in the draft lottery.

Area history, Nov. 8, 2015

Today is Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Tom Kacich: Failing to stand the test of time

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