Weekend planner: Heritage Sunday at Bryant Cottage

The Bryant Cottage State Historic Site is a gem for Bement and says a lot about the history of the Piatt County village, says Tabitha Elder, a former Bement Chamber of Commerce president. "We're lucky it's been preserved this long," she said of the cottage at 146 E. Wilson St., operated by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.

Area history, July 16, 2016

Today is Saturday, July 16, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1916: "Phew, but it's hot. Have you heard that expression? Of course you have," the Champaign Daily Gazette wrote. The high temperature yesterday was 97 degrees, according to the official report of the university.

More than a lot of hot air

DANVILLE — They may be the stars of the show, but there's a lot more than hot air balloons at Vermilion County's newest balloon event.

"There's something for everyone," said Jim Anderson, co-chairman of the Balloons Over Vermilion festival, which continues today at the Vermilion Regional Airport.

Council to consider changes to accommodate Central renovation

CHAMPAIGN — The closure of multiple streets, a pedestrian bridge and possible zoning variances — all items that need to be done for a renovated Central High School to become a reality, but none that can be completed without approval from the Champaign City Council.

Bob Swisher: A great event for matchbook collectors

You may recall a column where I mentioned that PACA had salvaged two containers of matchbooks from two locations.

We sold them at 25 cents each, and they were gone in about a week or so.

Some of the matchbooks were from 20 T Hangar in downtown Champaign, Wings in Rantoul, the Fanmarker on the Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul and Wheat's Steak House in Urbana.

Top of the morning, July 16, 2016

Of course Tago's favorite TV show is "Cops." What'd you expect from Paxton Police's popular K9, "Must Love Cats?"

"I'll turn 'Cops' on during the day as background noise and Tago will jump up on my lap and stare at the TV," said his handler, Paxton K9 Officer Tom Sink. "Funniest thing I've ever seen. He just zones in and gets all excited.

Festival 'an event of the generations'

DANVILLE — Janet Wustholz and her 9-year-old granddaughter had been planning all week to take a tethered hot air balloon ride at the Balloons Over Vermilion festival.

UPDATED: New dean named for ACES

CHAMPAIGN — The next dean of the University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences will be a UI alum — and the first woman to hold that post.

Sleepy Creek owners sell business

OAKWOOD — The owners of Sleepy Creek Vineyards announced Friday that they have sold the winery they built from the ground up to a local couple, Erik and Janet Plotner.

#TheMJs, July 15, 2016

On Fridays, Marcus Jackson (@MarcusJ_NG) will provide a quick glance at the best that Twitter has to offer. This week, intern Masaki Sugimoto (@MasakiSugimoto) is filling in.