New faces, new places

On Monday night, the Champaign school board unanimously approved the appointment of Westview Elementary assistant principal Christopher Gilbert as permanent principal at Bottenfield Elementary. Of 12 Unit 4 elementary schools, Bottenfield is among seven to have turnover at the top since the end of last school year. The breakdown:

Student radio project receives grant

LeROY — The littlest LeRoy learners got a big surprise during their last week of school.

Top of the morning, June 2, 2015

There was a repeat champ at last weekend's Homer Soda Festival.

For the second year in a row, fans voted Cicero Beverage Co.'s Salted Carmel Root Beer as the most popular draw at the one-day event, which organizer Kate Boyer said drew a crowd of 15,000. Coming in second was Pure Soda Works Apple Pie.

Those Who Served: 93-year-old 'never regretted being a Marine'

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URBANA — When Jim Kelly was in the Marines, he met John Wayne in a bar.

The film star bought him a drink in Laguna Beach, Calif. Pvt. Kelly couldn't return the favor; he had only 35 cents in his pocket. But he was impressed.

Area history, June 1, 2015

In 1915, the Illinois House today passed the Tice bill providing for the appointment of a joint legislative committee to keep in close touch with the University of Illinois and report to the Legislature the needs of the institution.

Look back: Highlights from Melissa Merli on the week that was

Remembering colleagues

Reluctant Townie: How to get the perfect summer 'dad bod'

Much ado has been made of the "dad bod" in the media recently, and this could not have come at a more convenient time for me.

Area history, May 31, 2015

Today is Sunday, May 31, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Senior scrapbook

Senior year makes powerful memories.

It's the time in your life when you may be leaving your town and your friends for the first time.

Sure, you'll be back. You'll keep the friends who are worth keeping, and you'll make new ones. There will be a lifetime of memories. But you can only make that senior memory once.

Letter from Birdland: New neighbors taking toll on flock

A refreshing chill has settled over Birdland. I'm happier when it's unseasonably cool, rather than unseasonably hot (I can always pull on a sweater), but this is chilly even for me.