Life Remembered: Braun led DACC 'in the right direction'

DANVILLE — Friends and colleagues are remembering a former president at Danville Area Community College as an "outstanding" leader and man.

Harry Braun, who led DACC from 1989 until his retirement in 1999, died Friday morning at Blanchard Valley Hospital in Findlay, Ohio. He was 74.

Top of the morning, Jan. 5, 2016

Monday started the 100-day countdown until Ebertfest No. 18 at the Virginia Theatre.

The lineup of films will be announced later this month, first-year assistant festival director Casey Ludwig said Monday.

Ludwig replaces Mary Susan Britt, who steered the festival for 14 years.

Those Who Served: 'They said I should never have been on active duty'

CHAMPAIGN — Bernard Puglisi could easily have avoided serving as a Marine in Vietnam — in fact, he had to appeal a medical discharge after completing advanced, and dangerous, aviation training.

Puglisi, 72, a Champaign attorney, served five years on active duty and four years as a reserve officer, reaching the rank of major.

Area history, Jan. 4, 2016

In 1916, city directory publisher Charles Samson said that a crew of workers has begun work on the 1916 directory of the twin cities. Samson published his first Champaign-Urbana directory in 1910, and since has done so every two years.

For the retirees, Jan. 3-10, 2016

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Graves, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 48 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, phone 359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Service of Champaign County.

Arctic expedition exhibition

URBANA — The Crocker Land Arctic Expedition of 1913-17, now the subject of a fascinating exhibition at the Spurlock Museum, would make good fodder for an adventure writer.

Area history, Jan. 3, 2016

In 1916, residents of the twin cities and other communities in Champaign County met yesterday at the University Auditorium and organized the Champaign County Vigilance Committee. The object of the group is to rid the communities of the illicit sellers of liquor and the keepers of vice dens.

Circulation director passes torch to N-G veteran

CHAMPAIGN — The longtime circulation director for The News-Gazette is retiring, and a veteran of the circulation department with nearly three decades of experience is taking his place.

Domestic violence cases to be expedited

URBANA — Ask any police officer or deputy on the street and they'll tell you that rarely a shift passes without them being called to try to resolve a dispute between people who once professed to love each other.

Reluctant Townie: Set for takeoff: Best practices for drones

The Federal Aviation Administration estimates that more than 1 million drones were sold during the 2015 holiday season. If, like me, you were one of the million who became a proud owner and operator of an unmanned aerial vehicle, you may have questions about what your rights and responsibilities are as a drone pilot.