Spotlight on Service, May 12, 2015

A look at area do-gooders. This week: C-U Optimist Club

About the club

Presidents: Bobbie Herakovich and Fred Neumann

Origin: Chartered in June 1948.

Meets: For dinner at 6 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of every month at Perkins Restaurant in Urbana.

Faces of '15: Danville native ready for next step

In a few months, Lohgan Bryant may be pursuing her master's in business administration, or moving to Indianapolis for an internship.

Either way, one thing's for sure: Athletics will be involved.

Area history, May 12, 2015

Today is Tuesday, May 12, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

'She was an angel'

URBANA — When they first met, Shawn Tangy was drawn to Loralie's smile.

"She was always smiling," he recalls.

They had a June wedding in 2012, started working on a family soon after the honeymoon, and became the parents of twin boys this past September.

Top of the morning, May 12, 2015

Watching our SCOTT RICHEY's video of BRUCE RAUNER's ceremonial pitch before Sunday's Illinois-Rutgers college baseball game — available at — it's clear the governor has an arm.

Where Am I? May 11, 2015

Every week, we'll show you a short clip of a spin somewhere in the area in a 1986 Corvette. Your job? Figure out where the video was shot. Send an email to with your guess and we'll give a shout-out to a correct guess or two in the next installment. (Please include your name and the town you live in.)

Faces of '15: Tuscola native using nursing degree to help near home

Some young people dream of the day they can leave their hometown and go out into the world and make their mark.

Katie Haake isn't among them.

Area history, May 11, 2015

In 1915, the board of managers of the Cunningham Deaconess Home chose to employ the Rev. and Mrs. X.M. Fowler as superintendent and assistant superintendent, respectively, for another year.

Those who served: B-24 pilot 'will never forget' missions over Germany

CHAMPAIGN — "I got shot up a lot, but I never got shot down," says Capt. Robert Tuchel, who flew 35 missions piloting a B-24 Liberator bomber over France and Germany.

He had graduated from Minier High near Bloomington in 1939. He was a University of Illinois student and already married to Wanda when he enlisted in the Army Air Forces.

Letter from Birdland: Following the sound advice of my mother

Birdland is full of color and scent. We celebrated May Day with flowers and marching and song.

As children, we used to weave baskets of colored construction paper and fill them with dandelions, first for our mother, and then to hang on doorknobs before ringing the bell and running away to hide in the bushes to watch our neighbors receive the springtime presents.