12 stories of Christmas 2015: Making holiday warmth

CHAMPAIGN — Gretchen Warner doesn't have a whole lot of free time.

Between her day job at The Warranty Group and her evenings as a barista at Cafe Kopi, her 60-hour work week doesn't leave much time for community service.

Area history, Dec. 18, 2015

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

In 1915: Champaign firemen were put to work yesterday putting up wooden stands with Christmas trees attached. The little trees will be put out Monday and will flank the principal streets downtown. The lumber for the tree stands was donated by Percival and Moorehead.

Champaign above average in state and nation for LGBT friendliness

CHAMPAIGN — When it comes to LGBT-friendly laws and policies, there's no central Illinois city more welcoming than Champaign.

But with a score of 78 (out of 100), it still has a ways to go before it's in the same league as Chicago (perfect score).

What's in a name? Willard Airport

Each week, staff writer Marcus Jackson explores the origin of a local landmark. Today:

University of Illinois Willard Airport: Named after Arthur Cutts Willard

In Gene Cossey's new office, a large framed photo of Arthur Cutts Willard sits atop a filing cabinet.

Religion calendar, Dec. 18-25, 2015

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Top of the morning, Dec. 18, 2015

Mike Haile is always looking for new ways to interact with listeners. The general manager of WDWS, WHMS and WKIO found one with the text line. Sponsored by Cassel Home Comfort, the text lines allow the audience to chime in without having to go on the air.

A life remembered (AUDIO version): Longenbaugh "a peach of a guy"

Friends and family are gathering this week to remember an Urbana man who not only gave a lot back to his country serving in the military, but also shared a unique bond with employees of a restaurant in the area for more than a decade. Michael Kiser has more in these two reports.

New Willard leader already has wheels up

SAVOY — With a new director on board, Willard Airport is undergoing a mini-makeover and bigger changes are in the works, officials said Wednesday.

Notes-Worthy: Travis Clark

C.U. Bands and Fans' Terry Brown chats with TRAVIS CLARK of Entertainment:

What is DemoDogg Entertainment and what do you do?

Top of the morning, Dec. 17, 2015

We've introduced a new Friday feature: "What's In A Name?" by staff writer Marcus Jackson, who this week will tell us the origin of Willard Airport. Along those lines ...

How'd "Tatelines" come to be?