Danville Rotary honors Anderson

DANVILLE — Jim Anderson has been named the Danville Noon Rotary Club's 2015 Vocational Service Person of the Year.

He will be presented the award at the club's Nov. 2 lunch meeting at Old National Bank's Community Room (2 W. Main St.). The public is welcome to attend.

Rantoul church to install new pastor

The Rev. Otis Evans Jr. will be installed as the pastor of Greater New Light Missionary Baptist Church at 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

The Rev. Frank L. McSwain Sr. of Mount Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church, Bloomington, will conduct the service.

The church is located at 1500 Sheppard Place, Rantoul.

Top of the morning, Oct. 16, 2015

In "The Martian," Matt Damon plays an astronaut stranded on Mars.

Former Illinois defensive back-turned-astronaut Mike Hopkins is ready to give it a try. Without the whole stranded part.

Area history, Oct. 15, 2015

Today is Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Notes-Worthy: Stefanie Pratt

C.U. Bands and Fans' Terry Brown chats with STEFANIE PRATT, founder of "Rockin For Reasons":

Tell us about the upcoming concert, "Rockin For Reasons," and who you are featuring?

Off on the ride of his life

URBANA — After delivering 2,095 babies, being a world traveler and spending more than three decades with the woman he married in his 20s, there were just a few more important things Ray Spooner wanted to do with his life.

An adult convert to the Jewish faith, he checked off one of them, his Bar Mitzvah celebration, this past July.

These two go way back

CHAMPAIGN — Julie Henry believes there's no defining event in her life. She has no tragedy she's pulled through.

"My life hasn't been perfect and I wouldn't pretend it has been," she said. "What is a typical and normal life? There isn't one."

Former Viking felt calling to preach

CHAMPAIGN — The Rev. Rickey Parks has always been a builder, an organizer and a leader.

It was how he operated as young as age 12, when he'd recruit the kids on his block in Pine Bluff, Ark., for a football team to compete against other blocks in the neighborhood.


CHAMPAIGN — He's got the suit. The haircut. The scowl. And the strut.

While not a dead-ringer for North Korea's "dear leader," Minyong Kim prompts lots of double-takes at the University of Illinois.

Just 1 question: Why do school supplies for Zambia matter to you?

For the past month, Unit 4 middle schoolers have been appreciating the value of their pencils, folders and books just a little bit more than usual.