Top of the morning, July 29, 2015

The latest "Story Behind The Photo" comes courtesy Heather Coit, whose striking A-1 image of a "miracle horse" named Blondie resulted in considerable feedback from our readers:

During photo shoots, I don't always have time to stay for the interview but I'm glad I was able to listen to Sandy and Rex Bradfield share their story of how they fell in love with Blondie.

Portion of U.S. highway named for veterans

LODA — The more than 600 township residents who have served in America's armed forces over the past 200-plus years now have a six-mile portion of U.S. 45 named in their honor — Veterans of Loda Township Highway.

Spotlight on Service, July 28, 2015

A look at area do-gooders. This week: Danville Elks Lodge #332

About the lodge

Head: Exalted Ruler Doug Elliott

Origin: Founded in July 1895

Meets: 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of the month at the lodge, 421 N. Vermilion Street

Fun fact: Former State Rep. Bill Black and Danville Mayor Scott Eisenhauer are both lodge members.

Malinowski bequest provides tuition relief at St. Malachy

RANTOUL — A new grant has been established to help reduce tuition costs for students attending St. Malachy School.

The Centennial Tuition Grant is given in memory of the late Rev. Stanley Malinowski, who left funds in his estate for the school.

Homer Opera House reborn

HOMER — A former performance space is getting a new lease on life, thanks to a local theater group that was looking for a new home.

Couple offers farmland lease to DACC at no cost

DANVILLE — Danville Area Community College students would be able to take their hands-on experience growing plants and produce to a new level thanks to a local couple.

Kristy Herr and Jerry Bartos are interested in leasing 5.5 acres of farmland, at 411 N. Daisy Lane, to DACC at no cost. The land would be used as a student learning laboratory.

Area history, July 28, 2015

Today is Tuesday, July 28, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Top of the morning, July 28, 2015

LISTEN IN: Gov. Bruce Rauner is scheduled to join radio personality Brian Barnhart at 9:15 a.m. today for about a 10-minute interview on WDWS 1400-AM.

Barnhart wasn't sure of the response he'd get when he pitched the idea to the governor's camp. "It's always a long shot," he said. "Their time is pretty limited."

Those Who Served: Loda man recalls avoiding celebratory grenades in South Pacific

LODA — Unlimited beer and hand grenades are a bad mix.

When former Illini football player and legendary wrestling coach Don Pittman was serving in the Navy in the South Pacific during World War II, he was a gunner's mate at a massive ammo dump.

Area history, July 27, 2015

In 1915, members of the Illinois State Horticultural Society visited the Dunlap Rural Home Fruit Farm near Savoy and inspected the large orchards, and witnessed the process of harvesting the apple crop.