Area history, Nov. 24, 2014

Today is Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago.

Uni High grad becomes only Illinoisan to earn prestigious honor

He's now six months retired as pastor at Urbana's Dublin Street Church of Christ, but Charles Harmon felt the urge to return to the pulpit one more time Sunday morning.

After all, it's not every day you can tell folks who have known her since she was a tot that your 21-year-old daughter was just named one of 32 winners of the world's most prestigious scholarship.

Top of the Morning: From the archives

Urbana High School's Thanksgiving Dinner has been around long enough now that its genesis may be lost on some.

The dinner is on again this year, from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thanksgiving, at the high school, 1002 S. Race St., U. As always, it's free and anyone is welcome. Those who need a ride can call the Urbana High School Student Senate office to arrange one: 217-384-3505 extension 4036.

New UI president cut his teeth studying earth's upper atmosphere

Hundreds of miles above Illinois, the Thermosphere, Ionosphere, Mesosphere Energetics and Dynamics satellite orbits the earth, looking down on a part of the atmosphere bombarded by cosmic dust and where meteors burn up.

Studio Visit: Mikel Combs

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Mikel Combs, 40, of Urbana, a professional bassist and doctoral of musical arts degree candidate at the University of Illinois, chatted with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli.

I heard you grew up in Berlin.

Getting Personal: Joe Stovall

Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Here, 50-year-old Champaign resident Joe Anderson Stovall chats with The News-Gazette's Paul Wood. Stovall, an insurance agent, is well-known for his service to the community through local agencies.

Where were you born?

A super conductor: UI's Barry Houser

CHAMPAIGN — The first time Barry L. Houser worked with the Macy's Great American Marching Band for the Thanksgiving Day Parade, he thought the music would never come together.

After all, the huge ensemble is made up of nearly 250 high school students from all over the country.

Before meeting up in New York, they don't know each other and they haven't played together.

Letter from Birdland: Warm memories

In Birdland, winter has come a little early with a light dusting of snow and drinking water frozen in the coop. Time to plug in the lights and the heated base for water.

The night comes earlier and earlier and soon I may have to stop riding my bike or stop going to late afternoon meetings.

Killeen's time in New York prepared him well for UI job

Timothy Killeen walked into turmoil when he started his job as president of the Research Foundation at the State University of New York. The agency was marred by ethical breaches and perceptions of secrecy that forced out his predecessor.

Reluctant Townie: Pulling off the perfect Black Friday heist

In the near future, when the Have-nots get robbed of their last bits of pocket change by the remaining Mega Corporations, Black Friday insanity will reach its peak and then begin to fade from American zeitgeist. That day will mark a turning point for mankind, as it enters the dawn of a new, hopeful era of human history.