New SJ-O principal has area roots

ST. JOSEPH — St. Joseph-Ogden High School's next principal is a self-described "smalltown central Illinois boy" with Vermilion County roots.

Catlin-raised Gary Page, a high school principal the past two years at Cerro Gordo, was chosen from a field of 27 applicants.

He replaces Brian Brooks, who will take over as the district's superintendent on July 1.

Top of the morning, Feb. 28, 2015

She's an honor roll seventh-grader at Mahomet-Seymour Junior High, a cheerleader with the Inferno Firecrackers, a multi-sport athlete who isn't afraid to branch out (bocce, anyone?), a Miss Amazing Pageant contestant, a Tom Jones Challenger League standout and the first one in line for pizza parties, dances and bowling outings with friends.

Area history, Feb. 27, 2015

Today is Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1915: The street flusher sent here for trial by the Studebaker company arrived this morning. It will be given its first trial Monday if the weather remains favorable. It is claimed the flusher will replace the old street sweepers.

Climbing facility to open this spring

URBANA — Alex Bragg and Kris Schmarr plan to open an indoor climbing facility in Urbana this spring.

The facility, known as Urbana Boulders, will be located in a former auto repair building at 1502 N. Cunningham Ave. and will feature 14-foot climbing walls, Bragg said.

Top of the morning, Feb. 27, 2015

The streets of Gilman figure to be empty at about 2 p.m. today. That's when the Iroquois West girls' basketball team plays Hardin Calhoun in a Class 1A semifinal game at Normal's Redbird Arena.

The game is being televised live on Comcast SportsNet. Lee Hall will handle the play-by-play, with Kelly Burke as analyst and Matt Rotewald working the sidelines.

Putting grief to work to help others

TUSCOLA — Tricia Willoughby's tiny, premature son, Bain, lived for just two hours after he was born. But he inspired his mom to come to the aid of hundreds of other parents experiencing one of the most painful losses a mom and dad can ever know.

Notes-Worthy: Aaron (A+) Wilson

This week, Terry Brown of C.U. Bands and Fans talks with Aaron (A+) Wilson about Soul on Sundays 

What is Soul on Sundays and where did the idea come from?

Area history, Feb. 26, 2015

Today is Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Top of the morning, Feb. 26, 2015

On Friday, the ladies of Peace Lutheran Church in Thomasboro will deliver 24 of their finest quilts to VA Illiana Health Care System in Danville. With a smile.

"There's definitely a need," organizer Ronda Scott said.

Neighbors: Recognizing accomplishments in our communities

Academic honors

— More than 100 Augustana College students use Augie Choice, a $2,000 grant available to Augustana students to fund a study abroad experience, internship or research project, including Cale McCormick of Mahomet.