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#TheMJs, Feb. 17, 2017

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Area history, Feb. 17, 2017

Today is Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

This day in history, Feb. 17, 2017

Today is Friday, Feb. 17, the 48th day of 2017. There are 317 days left in the year.

Today's highlight:

On Feb. 17, 1947, the Voice of America began broadcasting in Russian to the Soviet Union.

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Top of the Morning, Feb. 17, 2017

SCOTT BEATTY loves baseball. This weekend, Illini Sports Network listeners will find out how much.

The WDWS personality is calling the Illinois baseball games in Beaumont, Texas. The first broadcast is Illinois against Milwaukee at 2 p.m. today. The Illini play Milwaukee and Lamar on Saturday with a single game Sunday against the host Cardinals.

Athena Young Professional Award winner 'loves to brag' about county

CHAMPAIGN — Athena Young Professional Award recipient Carly McCrory "loves to brag" about Champaign County, and as a cancer survivor is heavily involved in volunteering.

McCrory, 28, will be presented the award today at the Champaign Country Club.

'The best things in my life have come out of being curious'

URBANA — Of all the life lessons Deb Reardanz has picked up from the older adults of Clark-Lindsey Village, she'll tell you the one that stands out the most is how important relationships are.

People who have formed connections with other people and are still willing to make a new friend at 90 are the happiest, she said.

Marcus Jackson/About Town: No argument about her prowess

URBANA — Sitting over a cup of Joe at the downtown Flying Machine Coffee shop, Elisabeth Pollock laughs about the time she argued with her husband about having that gruesome leg injury he suffered in high school re-evaluated.

In short, Christian Ray, Pollock's husband of 10 years, insisted he was fine, though he took up his wife's advice.

North Ridge boys' basketball team looks to complete perfect season

DANVILLE — Ed Butler is scheduled to go under the knife this afternoon.

But he said not even outpatient surgery for carpel tunnel syndrome will keep him from watching North Ridge Middle School's undefeated eighth-grade boys' basketball team try to bring home the state title this evening.

Dog's surprise run has Urbana co-owners beaming with pride

NEW YORK — Rumor had it all Tuesday, making German shepherds everywhere proud with a rare Best in Show for the breed at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

For co-owners Patti and Van Dukeman of Urbana, the win was Cubs-like, since Rumor is only the second German shepherd to take the top spot since the show began in 1877.

Area history, Feb. 16, 2017

Today is Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017. Here are local news stories from 100, 50 and 15 years ago: