Top of the Morning, Sept. 21, 2014

I wanted to kick off our series on Active Aging Week by spotlighting Anne Johnston, who's run Campus Florist for 73 years.

Trouble is, she wouldn't tell me her age.

"Just say I'm 125," she said.

Ex-priest continues to challenge church on ordination for women

To Roy Bourgeois, it's simple: God calls people to be priests, man or woman, and men have no right to interfere with that calling.

Area history, Sept. 20, 2014

Today is Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Realtors to collect blankets for winter program

SAVOY — The Champaign County Association of Realtors will hold a blanket collection drive Oct.

Top of the Morning, Sept. 20, 2014

Charles Yost's "Pipe Trapped Apparitions" is the 43rd sculpture brought to our community by the Public Art League since 2010.

I asked the sculptor what passers-by will think of the skyscraper on Park Street in downtown Champaign. The funny guy that he is, Yost gave me options.

"Oh no, another 'arty' thing that I don't understand."

Or ...

Area history, Sept. 19, 2014

Today is Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Top of the Morning, Sept. 19, 2014

If you have never watched college football on ESPNews, you are not alone. The network, which airs Saturday's Illinois-Texas State game at 3 p.m., is in the second year of showing live games. So, this will be Illinois' maiden voyage on the channel.

Can you get it in Champaign-Urbana? How about Danville?

Trooper changes tire for 'shocked' driver

URBANA — No marketing budget in the world can buy the amount of goodwill that Greg Broughton is accruing to the Illinois State Police.

The 26-year-old accountant-turned-trooper changed a tire Tuesday afternoon for an older Champaign businessman, who was so impressed he called the newspaper to get some "good news" published.

Area history, Sept. 18, 2014

Today is Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1914: A coroner's jury returned a verdict in the case of James A. Fitzgerauld, finding that the deceased came to his death when struck by a Wabash Railroad engine backing up near Fifth Street in Champaign. The railroad was censored for backing its engines in Champaign and Urbana.

Music Q&A: Ben Wright of Henhouse Prowlers

This week, Paul Wood chats with Ben Wright, a banjo player and co-founder of Henhouse Prowlers, based in Chicago. They’ve toured the world as part of State Department trips to showcase American culture. This month they’re close to home, performing at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Canopy Club, 708 S. Goodwin Ave., U. Other members are Dan Andree, Jon Goldfine and Starr Moss.