Area history, Jan. 29, 2016

Today is Friday, Jan. 29, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Religion calendar, Jan. 29-Feb. 5, 2016

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Yes, you have heard that song somewhere

CHAMPAIGN — When Stephen Alltop first watched the Netflix hit series “House of Cards,” he was immediately taken by the theme music. 

The C-U symphony conductor/music director went online to check out who had written it.

Top of the morning, Jan. 29, 2016

Looking for the lowdown on a high-profile trial, T.O.T.M. turned to a former News-Gazette sports staff member.

Don O'Brien is his fourth year covering courts for the Quincy Herald-Whig. He is smack dab in the middle of the murder trial of former Illinois center and Academic All-American Curt Lovelace.

Just 1 question: What's so fun about engineering?

Using nothing more than some tape, newspaper and paint, fifth-graders at Tuscola's East Prairie Middle School ma

Notes-worthy: Ron Phelps and Chrissy Sparks

C.U. Bands and Fans' Terry Brown chats with Ron Phelps and Chrissy Sparks about Country Opry Night

Where did the idea for "Country Opry" come from? What were your thoughts in beginning such a great show?

Without UI Ice Arena, Bonnie Blair 'wouldn't be where I am'

CHAMPAIGN — All winter long, the streets of Campustown are empty, but an icy playhouse draws students and community members alike.

Sometimes called "The Big Pond" because it is so wide, the University of Illinois Ice Arena was built in 1931.

Patterson wins Cozad entrepreneur award

URBANA — Urbana business owner Lori Gold Patterson is Parkland College's 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year.

Patterson co-founded Pixo, a software engineering consulting firm, in 1998. Since then, her staff has grown from three to 33 people, and there is now an office in Chicago. Patterson also serves as a mentor for entrepreneurs at the University of Illinois.

'I wasn't expecting to find a man coming at me with flames all over him'

WESTVILLE — Carmen Seaton and her daughter, Kacie Engel, didn't think twice about running up to a burning house Wednesday morning on their way to Judith Giacoma Elementary.

Guth temporarily takes chair spot of EDC board

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign County Economic Development Corp. has called on one of its former executive directors, Jill Guth, to step in and temporarily lead its board.