Weekend planner, April 22, 2016

Three items of note happening this weekend:

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY: Three local public libraries will host financial literacy programs for children and their parents — called Money Smart Kids Read — on Saturday morning: Mahomet at 10, Champaign at 10:30 and Rantoul at 11.

What's in a name? Possum Trot

OAKWOOD — It never fails. Every so often, someone will enter the Possum Trot Supper Club, tucked away on Batestown Road just off U.S. 150, and ask owner Greg Wright if there's possum on the menu.

"We get stuff like that all the time," said Wright, who's owned the Vermilion County restaurant since 2002 with his wife Nina.

Area history, April 22, 2016

Today is Friday, April 22, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Area mom: Son killed in fall just 'having fun'

As a youngster, Tyler Gutierrez could walk into a room of strangers and make several new friends.

Professor, 87, marks 50th year on campus

CHAMPAIGN — The tradition in Roy Axford's family is to work forever. That's why, at 87 years old and celebrating his 50th year as a professor at the University of Illinois' department of Nuclear, Plasma and Radiological Engineering, he still teaches a full load of classes and has no plans of stepping down.

Retire? Him?

Top of the morning, April 22, 2016

Kelly Steffen is new to the area. And new to Twitter.

On Tuesday night, the first-year girls' track coach at St. Joseph-Ogden became the 4,000th follower of @ngpreps, The News-Gazette's prep sports Twitter account.

Parents on hand for Senate OK of Gabby's Law

Got a question for Tom? Ask it here and you'll get an answer Friday

Jeld-Wen dedicates learning center in Rantoul space

RANTOUL — A Rantoul company has opened a learning center that will bring hundreds of people to the community for training each year.

On Wednesday, Jeld-Wen, manufacturer of windows and doors, unveiled the Midwest Learning Center — the first of three such centers to be opened in the country.

Area history, April 21, 2016

Today is Thursday, April 21, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Allerton gets boost from couple's donation

MONTICELLO — A major project to protect natural areas at Allerton Park is getting a big boost from a family whose own property is full of trails and trees.

Allerton Park will dedicate the Ward and Diana McDonald Family Trails today.