Benefit to commemorate Mary Clark

URBANA — All-star local musicians will perform a full shift of music Sunday to honor the late blues artist Mary Clark.
Ms. Clark, who had her own Revue, worked with a plethora of performers in the community, including many of those performing. She died April 13.
The event starts at 2 p.m. at Boomerang’s Bar and Grill, 1309 E.

Area history, May 2, 2014

Today is Friday, May 2, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1914, Mehrl C. Alyea, a junior in agriculture at the University of Illinois, is believed to be dying today as a result of injuries sustained when his motorcycle collided with a taxicab on John Street Friday afternoon. He bears the reputation of being a daring cyclist.

Top of the Morning, May 2, 2014

We've had May 5 circled on the Asmussen household calendar for months. The big news: Jack is back.

For those of you who have been living in caves for the last 13 years, that would be "Jack Bauer" of "24" fame. Tick, tick, tick.

Area history, May 1, 2014

Today is Thursday, May 1, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

'Suit and Tie in the 217' has impact across country

CHAMPAIGN — A video by and about black male students at Centennial and Central high schools is making an impact across the country.

Take it from none other than Justin Timberlake, whose hit song "Suit and Tie" plays throughout their video.

"I'm honored to be a soundtrack for this type of positivity," Timberlake posted on his Twitter account last month.

Music Q&A: New Riders of the Golden Maize

This week, a chat with Jack Wilkie and other members of the New Riders of the Golden Maize, a local band with a following.

The band, the New Riders of the Golden Maize, has been together since 2009. Its members, Tom Wyatt, Mark Obu, Steve Boynton, T.R. Ryder and Jack Wilkie, live in Champaign, Urbana and Savoy.

Top of the Morning, May 1, 2014

What Mel Kiper is to the NFL draft, Andy Miller is to mushroom hunting. A mycologist with the Illinois Natural History Survey at the UI, he knows morels like nobody's business:

1. What are the ideal conditions to hunt mushrooms?

Vermilion County mounds may be connected to Cahokia

OAKWOOD — For at least 100 years, locals have been aware of several mounds, likely of Native American origin, in a rural part of Oakwood Township, but there's very little truly known about them.

Youths in the news, April 30, 2014

In academic honors

Illinois Ancestors: Civil War sesquicentennial continues

Every American needs to continue the multi-year commemoration of the Civil War which took place 150 years ago, 1860-1865.