Champaign County Fair talent show winners

Results from the Champaign County Fair Talent Contest.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Junior Division (14 years old and younger)

Graduate of Lincoln's Challenge dies from wounds received fighting in Aghanistan

RANTOUL – A Bronze Star-winning Lincoln's Challenge graduate has died after serving in Afghanistan.

Sgt. Jesse Richard Tilton, 23, of Mount Zion in Macon County, was serving with the 508th Regiment, 82nd Airborne, U.S. Army in Afghanistan.

Life Remembered: Former UI band director Harry Begian

The third band director in Illinois history has died.

Harry Begian, 89, of Alpena, Mich., died at home on Monday. Visitation will be at the Bannan Funeral Home, Alpena, from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday.

Pet of the Week Deuce

Deuce, a four year old boxer/bulldog mix is this week's Pet of the Week, available at the Champaign County Humane Society.

Talent Show at the Fair 2010

Kids show their stuff and compete in the Talent Show and "Big" Give-Away at the Champaign County Fair in Urbana, IL.   Monday  evening July 26, 2010.

Monster Trucks at the Fair 2010

Six monster trucks put on a show for fairgoers as the Prairieland Monster Truck Nationals came to the Champaign county Fair in Urbana, IL.   Sunday  afternoon July 25, 2010.

A timeline of the USS Indianapolis

A brief timeline of events surrounding the sinking of the USS Indianapolis:

July 26, 1945: Navy cruiser USS Indianapolis delivers first atomic bomb to Pacific island of Tinian, is directed to join battleship USS Idaho at Leyte Gulf in Philippines. Indianapolis sails alone.

Links to more on the USS Indianapolis

There is no shortage of information about the USS Indianapolis and the ordeals endured by its crew.

As similar as the stories are, each is individually compelling.

Here are some links:

As 65th anniversary approaches, USS Indianapolis survivors recount horrors

A car passed Art Leenerman's car, raced ahead, then pulled over.

The driver got out and saluted as Leenerman passed.

Stenciled on the back of Leenerman's car is the USS Indianapolis, the ship Leenerman was on when it went down from enemy fire in 1945.

Demolition Derby

The first night of the Champaign County Fair in Urbana featured the Demolition Derby.