Area history, June 18, 2014

Today is Wednesday, June 18, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

National Cemetery staff cuts mean fewer burials

DANVILLE — Burials at Danville National Cemetery are getting a little more difficult to arrange.

Due to staff reductions, cemetery officials recently cut back to one traditional burial — at 1 p.m. — and one cremation a day.

It's caused scheduling difficulties for loved ones of deceased veterans and, at times, caused backups in burials.

Top of the Morning, June 18, 2014

During a newsroom cleansing last week, I happened upon a News-Gazette sports page from March 29, 1995. Two things caught my eye:

1. Michael Jordan was wearing No. 45 for the Bulls. He was the lead story after scoring 55 points against the Knicks in his fifth game back from retirement. He would later switch back to No. 23 and resume winning championships.

Neighbors: Recognizing accomplishments in our communities

Teachers recognized

The Illinois State Board of Education, along with the Illinois Federation of Teachers (IFT) and the Illinois Education Association (IEA), honored 29 educators whose professional education organizations selected as the best in their field of expertise during the 2013-14 school year. T

My Amish Home: Some duties more pleasant than others

"And he said unto them, go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned." Mark 16:15-16

Younger Generation: Celebrating the achievements of young adults

Sullivan does it again

Students from Sullivan High School won first place at Eastern Illinois University's 39th annual Maurice Shepherd High School Chemistry Contest. The contingent consisted of Ryan Baker, Liam Bechtold (alternate), Dakota Clayton (alternate), Shawn Cody, Keegan Kruckeberg and Nathan Becker (teacher).

Area history, June 17, 2014

Today is Tuesday, June 17, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Top of the Morning, June 17, 2014

For the last-minute lowdown on the Showcase of Homes, which runs Friday through June 29 in Savoy, we went to a voice of experience: longtime Realtor Stefanie Pratt. "I built my home in the last Showcase of Homes in Liberty on the Lake in 2009," she said. "I experienced almost 7,000 people through my house and it was interesting to see and hear the comments."

Church volunteers finish two weeks of Habitat work in Gifford

GIFFORD — Volunteers from Paxton and Loda churches have completed two weeks of volunteering on a blitz build of three houses under the auspices of Champaign County Habitat for Humanity.

The Paxton Area Ministerial Association raised nearly $50,000 and provided volunteers for the home for Christy and Benjamin Calhoun being built on Gifford's east side.

Slice of Life: Columbia Street Roastery