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Duncan Ferguson couldn’t believe his eyes. Luckily, he had his iPhone handy for proof.

The UI professor was hoping for a sunny drive from work. But it was raining when he got to his car.

Area update: Mahomet Relay for Life next month

MAHOMET — Organizers of this year's Mahomet Mini-Relay know that most people in the community have been touched — in one way or another — by cancer.

So they're hoping Mahomet residents will come out to celebrate hope and the search for a cure.

ALL ABOARD!

ARTHUR — Over six years Sally Nolen has missed only four of the weekly Gunny Sack Revue shows at Penn Station.

For good reasons: an ice storm, a white-out blizzard, surgery and a grandson's birthday.

Area history, April 7, 2016

Today is Thursday, April 7, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Activist's mom 'stood her ground'

CHAMPAIGN — The noted activist Malcolm X wrote one of the most influential autobiographies of the late 20th century, but little is widely known about the woman who shaped his early life: his mother, Louise Little.

Just 1 question: What can a quilt teach you?

A quilt and a couple quotes can go a long way. That's what about 28 Urbana Middle School eighth-graders learned while spending the last several weeks of their advisory class period working on a service project for the Cunningham Children's Home.

Top of the morning, April 7, 2016

One of the highlights at this weekend's 12th Festival of Quilts took six women, 10 months and plenty of inspiration to pull off.

"Changing Light" isn't up for auction but definitely worth a look at the Spiritual Life Center at Cunningham Children's Home. Made up of 19 panels stretching nearly 13 feet wide, it's easy to spot.

That's Entertainment: Spotlighting events around the area

Theater scene

Holy Cross School will present its 31st annual student production, "Shrek the Musical Jr.," at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the school gym, 410 W. White St., C.

Go figure: April 6, 2016

A numerical look at local headlines

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DUI arrests logged by Kyle Gregg in 2015, pushing his five-year total to 66.

Joan Griffis/Illinois Ancestors: Spanish soldiers helped colonists win Revolutionary War

Historians have long included details of France's assistance to the American colonists during the Revolutionary War. However, evidence shows that the Spanish Empire also provided aid in the form of money, ammunition, personnel, and medical supplies as early as 1776.