Area history, Feb. 13, 2015

Today is Friday, Feb. 13, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Westville wonders: Who won?

WESTVILLE — Jimmy White is a regular Illinois Lottery player, and he usually buys his tickets from the Phillips 66 gas station at 1717 N. State St., in Westville.

The local resident said he was kicking himself Thursday morning when he learned that the station sold a $1 million Match 5 ticket in Wednesday night's Powerball drawing.

Prospective UI students find out today if they're in

URBANA — For thousands of would-be Illini, today is Decision Day. With a capital D.

Come 4 p.m., high school seniors will bombard the University of Illinois website to find out whether they've been accepted to the state's flagship campus for fall 2015. Or not.

On Friday the 13th. Or "Black Friday," as one dad joked.

Grant to help train hundreds to recognize signs of mental illness

CHAMPAIGN — Nearly 600 Champaign community members will be trained and certified in first aid in the next two years, but not the physical kind.

A federal grant of $99,971 will allow the Unit 4 school district to train and equip local adults in mental health first aid, a program designed to help people recognize and respond to signs of mental illness in kids at a young age.

Top of the morning, Feb. 13, 2015

Give most of us an Olympic medal and we would display it in a house-sized case, a spotlight shining for all to see.

Not Katherine Reutter.

The Champaign native actually has two Olympic medals, a silver and a bronze, at her Milwaukee home. She stores them in a coffee table drawer for easy access.

"I like to keep them handy," Reutter said.

Frank's Faves, Feb. 12, 2015

Last Friday's installment of The N-G's "Whatever Happened to ..." series featured Danville native Irving Azoff and his answer to the question, "What were the three greatest concerts you've ever seen?"

Former school board member rejoins for a few weeks

DANVILLE — When Judd Peck stepped down from the Danville school board in 2011, he thought it would be for good.

But when former board colleagues asked him to do another stint — this one only 2-1/2 months long — he was happy to help out.

Notes-Worthy: Zach Linley

By Terry Brown

C.U. Bands and Fans' Terry Brown chats with Zach Linley, a singer/songwriter and lead singer of The Rebel Daredevils. Linley will be featured Wednesday at Corson Music's "Original Artists Night," which begins at 8 p.m. at Bentley's Pub.   

How long have you been a musician?

I've been playing for a little over 20 years now.

Role reversal

CHAMPAIGN — In Harper Lee's classic novel "To Kill A Mockingbird," one of the major themes is not to judge others.

"You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view ... until you climb into his skin and walk around in it," Atticus Finch says.

Area history, Feb. 12, 2015

Today is Feb. 12, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago: