Area history, July 17, 2016

Today is Sunday, July 17, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1916: Danville police were appealed to Saturday night to aid in the search for Mrs. Ora Winger, a bride of but a few hours. The 16-year-old bride walked out of a Covington, Ind., restaurant about an hour after the marriage ceremony had been performed and she hasn't been seen since.

Ask 'Mimi,' July 17, 2016

How did the Virginia Theatre come up with the pairing of Kathryn Bigelow and Mel Brooks in their new movie series focused on directors?

That's Entertainment: Spotlighting events in the area

Music scene

Free concert at Urbana High

"The Syncopated Clock" by Leroy Anderson will be among the pieces that will be performed by the Urbana Pops Orchestra at a free concert at 7 p.m. Saturday in the auditorium at Urbana High School, 1002 S. Race St.

Top of the morning, July 17, 2016

Mark Pelafos can vouch for the 1966 Ford Mustang being raffled off at the Parkland College Gala on Aug. 20.

He drove it from Bloomington to Champaign in February, drawing envious looks while tooling along U.S. 150.

"It drives like a '66 Mustang should drive," Pelafos said. "As far as restoration goes, it was done very well."

Teen surprised with an aerial tour of his hometown

DANVILLE — Maneuvering into the chair inside the gondola of the red, white and blue "Glory Be" hot air balloon on a surprisingly cool summer morning, Christopher Adkins still believed he was just a crew member "testing" equipment prior to launch after dawn Saturday morning.

Everyone's on the 'Go'

Wondering about the people wandering Champaign's West Side Park with their eyes glued to their smartphones?

Confused after overhearing conversations about where one might find Machops and Pikachus around Champaign-Urbana?

Curious after seeing signboards offering discounts to members of teams Valor, Instinct and Mystic?

Life Remembered: Fiorillo loved to talk

PAXTON — Nick Fiorillo loved to talk. Taxes, the focus of his profession, were often the subject.

Even as Mr. Fiorillo was recovering from hip-replacement surgery this month at the Illinois Knights Templar Home in Paxton, his conversations with his fellow residents and the facility's nurses always seemed to lead to the inevitable topic.

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.

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.

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.