Notes-Worthy: Colin Althaus of Tara Terra

Paul Wood chats with Colin Althaus, 17, who has lived in Champaign-Urbana all his life. He plays guitar in Tara Terra. The current lineup features Emily Otnes, vocals and guitar; Joey Buttlar, drums; Alleya Weibel, violin, trumpet and backing vocals; and Nick Soria, bass.

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This day in history: Dec. 11, 2014

Today is Thursday, Dec. 11, the 345th day of 2014. There are 20 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Dec. 11, 1936, Britain's King Edward VIII abdicated the throne so he could marry American divorcee Wallis Warfield Simpson; his brother, Prince Albert, became King George VI.

On this date:

'To live a life well blessed'

DANVILLE — Danville Area Community College will be able to keep its competitive edge in manufacturing education and training thanks to a $3 million wing opening to students next month.

On Wednesday, about 150 people got a sneak peek at the Julius W. Hegeler II Advanced Technology Center at a ceremony to dedicate the wing and honor the DACC Foundation board member who made it possible.

Top of the Morning, Dec. 11, 2014

At tonight's Installation Celebration in Champaign, friends of the Public Art League will toast the arrival of 10 news sculptures in 2014. A by-the-numbers look:


Updated: Illinois Comptroller Topinka dies following stroke

BERWYN — State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, a jovial mainstay of Republican politics in Illinois for more than three decades, died early Wednesday after suffering a stroke. She was 70 years old.

Area history, Dec. 10, 2014

In 1914: Paul G. Busey has purchased the lot at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Busey Avenue in the Professor J.C. Blair addition in Urbana for $2,550 and probably will erect a home on it next year. This was the last available lot on Michigan Avenue.

Rep.-elect Ammons applauds students for getting involved

In the wake of national and local demonstrations sparked by the killings of black youth by police, state Rep.-elect Carol Ammons said she has been inspired by the peaceful protesters as they call for "honest dialogue and positive policy changes."

This day in history: Dec. 10, 2014

Today is Wednesday, Dec. 10, the 344th day of 2014. There are 21 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Dec. 10, 1964, Martin Luther King Jr. received his Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, saying he accepted it "with an abiding faith in America and an audacious faith in the future of mankind."

Illinois Ancestors: U.S. offers guide for American Indian research

The U.S. Department of the Interior has a helpful 10-page booklet on the Internet, "Guide to Tracing Your American Indian Ancestry," at Whether one wishes to "verify a family tradition" or "just learn more," this publication can be most helpful.

Younger Generation: Celebrating the achievements of young adults

St. Joseph to state

The seventh-grade girls' basketball team from St. Joseph Middle School will be playing for the state championship in the IESA State Tournament at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Auburn High School.