Area history, Sept. 17, 2014

Today is Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Neighbors: Recognizing accomplishments in our communities

National officer

Sharon Conatser, of Champaign, was elected national vice president of the American Legion Auxiliary during the organization's 94th National Convention which was held in Charlotte, N.C., Aug. 22-28.

Tom Kacich: Lincoln Square turns 50

What does Lincoln Square need for attendance to pick up? Tell Tom your idea here

For a brief period — no more than 15 years — Lincoln Square was the place be.

Illinois Ancestors: E-magazine features Illinois research

The most recent issue (Sept/Oct) of the free e-magazine, "Irish Lives Remembered Genealogy Magazine" at

Younger Generation: Celebrating the achievements of young adults

Officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the names of about 16,000 semifinalists in the 60th annual National Merit Scholarship program.

Parkland Foundation scholarship winners

The Parkland College Foundation has announced the following area scholarship recipients for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Kelsey Trent of Bellflower: Hites Foundation Scholarship

Jennifer Bartlett of White Heath: Lauretta Turner Memorial Scholarship; Catherine and Leo Huff Memorial Scholarship; and the Bill and Anna Mettler Nursing Scholarship

World War II caravan makes stop at museum

DANVILLE — It's been seven decades since George Smith sat behind the wheel of a U.S. Army Jeep.

But when the 91-year-old Danville man gazed upon four fully-restored military vehicles, lined up in front of the Vermilion County War Museum on Tuesday afternoon, he could still remember the feeling of sitting in the driver's seat.

My Amish Home: Warm time during the cool weather

"But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth." 1 John 3:17-18

Top of the Morning, Sept. 17, 2014

Following up on our stories:

— Typically, the site selection for Farm Aid '15 would be announced in June.

"But with next year being Farm Aid's 30th anniversary, we are hoping to announce earlier," Farm Aid spokesperson Brittany Vanderpool said.

Old cars and teen angst

We have an old van.

We don’t live in it, and it’s not parked down by the river (RIP Chris Farley).

But it is not what you’d call a luxury-mobile.

People often hear us coming. There’s a muffler issue. It might even smell a bit exhausty.