Top of the morning, June 26, 2016

In Year 1 of Fisher's fair, there wasn't a tractor pull or demo derby or even a country music act.

Weekend planner: Arts in the Park

The first time Mary Ann Torri exhibited her art at Arts in the Park in Danville was in 1979. She didn't return until last year, when the organizers for the first time put the artist tents on an asphalt breezeway that runs through Lincoln Park, a historic park full of mature trees.

Movie car replica draws a crowd

A few hundred people, some admittedly hoping Dick Van Dyke might make an unexpected appearance, stood in line in downtown Danville Friday morning to get their picture taken with the custom-built replica of the car from the 1968 movie "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang."

'We were going to do a quiet closing, but I don't think that worked out'

RANTOUL — Ham and eggs for everyone.

OK, maybe not that dramatic, but Friday was the last day a well-known Rantoul restaurant was in business and operated by the same family.

Business has been more than brisk as word got out that Doug and Matt Mayer were nearing the end of their tenure at Ott's Drive-In, started by Doug's father and Matt's grandfather, Othmer Mayer, in 1962.

The generosity of a 7-year-old

MAHOMET — As visitors take in the Wall that Heals at Lake of the Woods, they have the opportunity to drop a little money in the donation boxes at the perimeter of the site.

One donation, though, stood out for the volunteers manning the Wall on Thursday.

Bob Swisher: Sale finishing up: Will lots of work pay off?

I am writing this column on a Monday night in June, the 19th to be exact.

You will not get to read this until this morning, June 25. That will be the last day of our sale that has been in the works for about three months. We did teaser classified ads over a month ago and increased our advertising every week.

Sandra Mason: A growing challenge

Lawn under a shade tree reminds me of a baby bird — mostly bald and not too beautiful.

A popular question at our Extension office is, "How can I get grass to grow under my trees?" That's like asking, "How can I look like the model in the magazine?" Neither question has much to do with reality.

Area update: PBL to get new scoreboards with advertising

PAXTON — The PBL school board voted unanimously to authorize Superintendent Cliff McClure to proceed with the purchase of new basketball and baseball scoreboards, featuring advertising from area businesses that will help fund the cost.

Area history, June 25, 2016

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

In 1916: With an eight-count indictment against him, Brady Miller of Champaign was tried today in county court for bootlegging.

Top of the morning, June 25, 2016

Attached to the trunk of a maple tree outside a house on West Union Street in Champaign is a gumball machine, offering complimentary dog treats for four-legged passersby.

Go ahead, take one.

"It's fun to watch all the people come by, especially kids," home owner Dave Roesch said.