Spotlight on Service, Aug. 4, 2015

A look at area do-gooders. This week: Danville Lions Club

About the club

President: Keith Strinmoen

Origin: Founded in 1957

Meets: At noon Thursdays at Spanky's Banquet Hall, 409 E. Main Street

Area history, Aug. 4, 2015

Today is Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Studio Visit: Mark Enslin

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Here, Mark Enslin, 59, of Urbana, a composer, performer, activist and teacher, chats with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli.

You are involved in so many creative activities. What was the first one you took up?

Area history, Aug. 3, 2015

In 1915, Urbana Mayor O.L. Browder again appointed Thomas Long chief of police, and again the council refused to confirm, by a vote of 6 to 2.

Those Who Served: USS Idaho's guns 'really turned those docks into splinters'

OGDEN — Dale Sullivan never found out why the Japanese lit up his battleship with flares one night in the South Pacific.

Once, a Mitsubishi G4M "Betty" bomber lit up topside, and the crew waited for an attack that never came.

"You could read a newspaper by the flares topside," he says.

Getting Personal: Jeffrey Brown

Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Here, Jeffrey Brown, 47, of Champaign chats with The News-Gazette's Paul Wood.

Ask 'Mimi,' Aug. 2, 2015

How much longer do the Friday Night Live events last this summer?

Four more. Despite this summer's fickle weather, 40 North 88 West has had to cancel only one Friday Night Live, which features local music acts at three outside locations in downtown Champaign.

Reluctant Townie: The heat is on, and the inhibitions are off

The central air in my house stopped functioning last week, on my wife's birthday no less, which also coincided with one of the hottest days of the summer. I hesitate to say that the air conditioning broke — for if I so much as utter that word in my subconscious, my wife will intercept the thought and finally make good on her threat to "call a professional."

Area history, Aug. 2, 2015

Today is Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Letter from Birdland: Battlefields trip stirs thoughts of flags, wars

It's sunny and humid as I head south after my residency in Kentucky. I am on my way to visit my dear friend, Emily, who moved to Georgia nine years ago, but I have a wistful feeling that I'm driving the wrong way.