Top of the morning, Sept. 4, 2015

Ahhh, the magic of television.

On Aug. 26, WAND taped its weekly "Inside the Illini: Big Ten College Football" with sports anchor Matt Loveless, News-Gazette sports editor Matt Daniels and WDWS announcer Steve Kelly.

Then, Tim Beckman got fired, meaning some of the taped show was, well, outdated.

Rockome sale price: $749,944

ARCOLA — The owners of Aikman Wildlife Adventure paid $749,944 to buy the aging Rockome Gardens to develop into a drive-through wildlife animal park and zoo, according to information obtained from the Douglas County Clerk & Recorder's office.

Updated: Johnson won't seek re-election as Vermilion coroner

DANVILLE — Vermilion County Coroner Peggy Johnson has announced she will retire when her term comes to an end late next year.

Area guitar 'heroes' getting in on the act

URBANA — Some of the world's best guitarists will perform at Ellnora: The Guitar Festival next week. And some of the area's best ax-wielders will also be part of Ellnora in the free pre-festival "Local Heroes Night" concert.

Tim Donaldson of The Blind Justice curated the lineup for the show at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. It will feature:

Area history, Sept. 3, 2015

Today is Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Notes-Worthy: Aaron Short and Carrie Chandler

C.U. Bands and Fans' Terry Brown chats with Aaron Short and Carrie Chandler of the acoustic duet "The Bashful Youngens"

Strum together: Ellnora returning to Krannert

URBANA — Guitar enthusiasts might want to consider camping out next week at Krannert Center.

The sixth biennial Ellnora: The Guitar Festival will take place there Sept. 10-12, featuring 22 performances, with half of them free.

25 tons of corn arrives, to planners' great relief

HOOPESTON — For the last few years, JMR Farms in Vincennes, Ind., has supplied the main attraction of the National Sweetcorn Festival in Hoopeston.

But rain-flooded fields this spring led to what festival organizers feared — a shortage of corn.

Organizers hope Montgomery will bring a crowd

HOOPESTON — The sweethearts and sweet corn may have some competition when it comes to the biggest draw at this year's National Sweetcorn Festival in Hoopeston.

Country music artist John Michael Montgomery will perform in concert at the 72nd annual event at McFerren Park, which starts at 5 p.m. Thursday and runs through 9 p.m. Labor Day.

Top of the morning, Sept. 3, 2015

News spread like an Illinois fastbreak (circa 2005) on Wednesday afternoon along Vine Street in downtown Arthur: Dee Brown had been booked as Saturday's "Ceremonial Cutter of the Cheese."

"Everybody I told, their face lit up," said Bruce Wood, president of the Arthur Area Association of Commerce. "Except a few of the Amish ladies who have never seen a basketball game before."