Area history, May 25, 2016

Today is Wednesday, May 25, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

That's Entertainment: Spotlighting events around the area

Books scene

The Save the Lorraine Foundation will present at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday reading performances of "Forgotten Soldiers from Our Forgotten War: Letters from Korea from 1951-1953," written and performed by Frank Ferrell.

Fourth grade balloon ambassadors puffed up with excitement

BISMARCK — Fourth-graders Madeline Thorlton and Layton Kincaid couldn't have been more excited to get to school Tuesday at Bismarck-Henning Elementary.

Their inexplicable eagerness just one day before summer break likely had a lot to do with the colorful patchwork hot air balloon filling their gym, from floor to rafters and stage to bleachers.

Younger Generation: Celebrating the achievements of young adults in East Central Illinois

Kiwanas Club honors C-U teens

The Champaign-Urbana Kiwanis Club recognized 18 teens from Champaign-Urbana's six high schools as "outstanding juniors" during the service club's annual high school recognition luncheon May 19 at the Hawthorn Convention Center. Each teen received a copy of the book "Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens" and a certificate.

Meg Makes: Barbecue may have you pigging out

We recently bought half a hog, so our freezer is stocked with great cuts of pork just in time for barbecue season.

I'm all for easy recipes that don't take tons of prep time, and this pulled-pork barbecue qualifies. If you want it to be even tangier, substitute orange juice for the water.

Easy Pork Barbecue

3-4 pounds pork loin

Tom Kacich: 100 years ago, C-U prepared for war

One hundred years ago this week Champaign-Urbana did its part to stir support for entry into World War I and even to lay the groundwork for the construction of Chanute Field at Rantoul.

Neighbors: Recognizing accomplishments throughout our communities

'Proudly We Hail'

The Exchange Club of Champaign honored eight Champaign families with "Proudly We Hail" awards on Monday. The honorees were recognized as a result of their patriotic display of the American flag.

Award winners included:

— John and Vickie Arrasmith, Kenwood Road

— Charles and Donna Cremeens, West Kirby Avenue

Top of the morning, May 25, 2016

Having family by her side was fantastic. And the trip to get frozen yogurt was a treat.

But what put Eloise Heller's 92nd birthday celebration over the top was the award she received on her special day.

Gabby's Law goes to governor

SPRINGFIELD — "Gabby's Law," the legislation named for a 5-year-old Monticello girl who died from sepsis four years ago, is on its way to Gov. Bruce Rauner's desk.

The Illinois House voted 115-0 for HB 2403, which will require Illinois hospitals to adopt, implement and periodically update protocols for the early recognition and treatment of patients with sepsis or septic shock.

Locked & loaded

When his phone rings in the middle of the night, Champaign's recently anointed 2015 Police Officer of the Year knows it's a good bet that something terrible has gone down somewhere in the city.