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Tom's Mailbag April 10, 2015

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Honored teacher a 'master storyteller'

You won't find students nodding off in Gary Gritton's classroom at Danville High School.

Area history, April 10, 2015

Today is Friday, April 10, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1915: The College Theatre, now owned by George Lenhardt, has been redecorated. A cooling system has been installed, as have new seats. Until recently the theater was known as the Varsity. It is located on Main Street just west of Chestnut Street.

'People who have a dream and follow their dream are the most successful people I know'

Honor roll

We'll introduce you to this year's big C-U Schools Foundation award winners leading up to Saturday's 6 p.m. ceremony:

Where: Hilton Garden Inn, Champaign.

Tickets: $75. Call 217-398-2873 for info.

Top of the morning, April 10, 2015

The Illinois golf programs have another toy to show off to recruits and alums.

At 1 p.m., Saturday, the Lauritsen/Wohlers Outdoor Golf Practice Facility is being dedicated. Retiring Illinois president Bob Easter, chancellor Phyllis Wise and athletic director Mike Thomas are expected to attend. And maybe hit a couple of shots.

Teacher praised for his knack with students

DANVILLE — Don't let his quiet demeanor fool you.

Seventh-grade science and social studies teacher Troy Stimac has a knack for building trust and positive relationships with his students at South View Middle School, according to Principal Sharon Phillips.

Notes-Worthy: Bill Demkov

Terry Brown of CU Bands and Fans talks with Bill Demkov, local live sound engineer, recording engineer, producer, original artist and musician. Demkov plays bass in area band Planeless Pilots, which performs all original music

'Show them how to work by example'

Honor roll: We'll introduce you to this year's big C-U Schools Foundation award winners leading up to next weekend's ceremony:

When: 6 p.m. on April 11

Where: Hilton Garden Inn, Champaign

Area history, April 9, 2015

Today is Thursday, April 9, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1915: Champaign school Superintendent Earnest is asking pupils to help "get rid of all kinds of rubbish, and make every street, alley, lot and house in Champaign clean and neat."

Bloomington plane crash victim 'was really good at being a friend'

CHAMPAIGN — Andy Butler thrived on sports and relationships with friends — many, many friends who are mourning the loss of the fun-loving 40-year-old Champaign native who was one of seven who died Monday night in a plane crash east of Bloomington.