Area history, June 18, 2015

Today is Thursday, June 18, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Notes-Worthy: Dan Ferguson

Terry Miller Brown of C.U. Bands and Fans talks with Dan Ferguson of Jonesboro, Ark., who worked at B.B. King's Blues Club & Grill and met the legend. With the great's passing last month, I thought it would be a great time to share some of Dan's stories.

Tell us about your experience working at B.B. King's?

Top of the morning, June 18, 2015

The third NBA Finals MVP from our fine state might hail from Springfield, but Andre Iguodala has ties to our area, too.

Cerro Gordo teen wins Piatt pageant

CERRO GORDO — Mikala Grandfield of Cerro Gordo was crowned Miss Piatt County 2015 at the Piatt County Fair Queen Pageant held Tuesday night at the fairgrounds in Cerro Gordo.

Grandfield, 18, took the title over five other candidates. Sydney Mumm, 19, of Monticello was first runner-up and was also named Miss Congeniality. Rachel Dettling, 18, of Hammond was second runner-up.

Meg Makes: A light salad perfect for a hot day

This salad is a delicious summer side dish or light lunch.

The homemade dressing is both easy and delicious, and could be used on a different combination of ingredients with excellent results, I'm sure.

I originally grabbed this recipe from a 2011 day planner by my favorite cookbook company, Gooseberry Patch.

More than 1,000 named to dean's list at Parkland

Parkland College has named approximately 1,125 students to its dean's list for spring semester. Students make the list by earning a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 grade scale for the semester in which they are being honored or achieve a 3.5 cumulative GPA for 12 or more hours in the academic year.

Joan Griffis: Is your Irish ancestor in Journal?

The Irish Genealogical Research Society's annual journal, The Irish Ancestor, has been in publication since 1937 and contains hundreds of articles on Irish genealogy.

Area history, June 17, 2015

Today is Wednesday, June 17, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

My Amish Home: Welcoming first blast of summer heat

"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the Earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts." Isaiah 55:8-9

Neighbors: Recognizing accomplishments throughout our communities

Very persuasive

Five students recently earned top honors among the 30 persuasive speakers who presented at the 12th annual David Jones Persuasive Speaking Contest. The contest spotlights the speaking styles and skills of students who have taken a communication class at Parkland College.