Area history, April 26, 2015

In 1915, the Champaign County Livestock Association has organized and starts with a membership of about 50. Elected as president was B.F. Harris. Vice President is W.C. Black of St. Joseph. Secretary-treasurer is C.H. Oathout.

For the retirees, April 26 to May 3, 2015

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Graves, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 48 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, phone 359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Service of Champaign County.

Ebertfest 2015: Some unofficial honors

CHAMPAIGN — After Ebertfest ends each year, I like to confab with friends who were there about the dozen or so films we've seen.

It takes time and conversation to digest the messages and themes of the movies.

Getting Personal: Brooks Marsh

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Here, 56-year-old Brooks Marsh, who owns the Mahomet IGA, chats with The News-Gazette's Paul Wood. Marsh is active in community service, has a good golf story and loves his kids.

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The Reluctant Townie: The complete guide to summer movies

I don't care what the calendars say, summer begins and ends with the summer movie season. And be it by global warming or money-hungry studio execs, over the last decade summer movie season has been creeping ever earlier into our calendar year.

2015 is shaping up to be a pretty strong summer at the movies. Let's check it out:

'Furious 7' (April 3)

Area history, April 25, 2015

In 1915, the rear of J. Arthur Thompson's automobile was considerably damaged Sunday afternoon after it was hit by an Illinois Central freight car at the University Avenue crossing. Witnesses said that he failed to heed the warning bell, which indicates that the gates guarding the tracks are about to be lowered.

Work of AMBUCS' First Citizen touches thousands of lives each year

She's the executive director of the Vermilion County Museum, a Muncie Baptist Church leader and officer for a number of community organizations.

'Nobody doesn't like' Social Justice Award winner Stephen Higgins

URBANA — Ask anyone; you won't find a soul at Urbana Middle School who doesn't like Mr. Higgins.

That's coming straight from the mouths of seventh-graders Olivia Rosenstein and Isaac Gewirth, who think their school social worker, Stephen Higgins, has everything it takes to be a top-notch educator and a friendly mentor.

And they think the whole school would agree.

Area history, April 24, 2015

In 1915, the Champaign County grand jury today adopted a resolution censuring the management of the Julia F. Burnham Hospital in Champaign for not giving officials of the county the true information on the condition of patients injured in criminal law violations. This is the first time the issue has been brought to the attention of the grand jury.

Area history, April 23, 2015

In 1915, the regular trip of the Walking Club will be made Saturday afternoon to the Sangamon River below White Heath. Among the attractions will be the wooded river valley and violets in their prime. One party will walk about 6 miles and another will hike 3 miles. Both parties will leave on the 1:25 p.m. interurban and return to Champaign at 6:45 p.m. or 9 p.m.