Area history, Jan. 26, 2016

Today is Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Best look-alike will trump competitors in Piatt contest

MONTICELLO — Some people may like Donald Trump. They may even vote for him.

But do they really want to look like him?

Piatt County Republicans will find out on Thursday when they hold a Donald Trump look-alike contest at their monthly meeting.

Spotlight on Service, Jan. 26, 2016

A look at area do-gooders. This week: Clinton Elks

About the club

President:Robert VanApeldoorn.

Origin: Founded in 1908.

Meets: 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at 1520 E. South St., Clinton.

Did you know? At 94, Walter Perkins is the oldest — and longest-serving — current Elk. He's been a member for 67 years.

Top of the morning, Jan. 26, 2016

As the building that housed Papa Del's on Green Street was razed Monday, the installation of booths was getting started at the iconic pizza parlor's new site on Neil Street in Champaign.

Owner Bob Monti on Monday said Opening Day at the 500-seat Papa Del's Pizza Factory will be "March 1, give or take a day. It's been a long process."

Killeen, Wilson: Illini ties not necessary for next AD

URBANA — Ties to Illinois would be "icing on the cake" for a new University of Illinois athletic director but not a mandatory condition, say the two people who will choose the next AD.

President Tim Killeen and interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson both used that phrase when asked Monday whether the new athletic director has to have an Illinois connection.

Those Who Served: Champaign Guardsman no stranger to loss

CHAMPAIGN — Retired Staff Sgt. Patrick J. Twigg served overseas in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom, and also in our own state, helping transport sandbags in the Mississippi River floods of 1993.

Area history, Jan. 25, 2016

In 1916, the bridge over the Boneyard on West Main Street in Urbana has gone to the bad and the street across it has been closed to traffic for fear that the bridge and pavement will fall into the creek. The bridge is a stone arch and some of the stones became washed loose and fell into the creek.

Ask 'Mimi,' Jan. 24, 2016

Didn't Danville native Irving Azoff manage the Eagles?

Yes, early in his career. The uber-manager has been quoted as saying he's heartbroken over Eagle co-founder Glenn Frey's death Monday at age 67. The death was attributed to rheumatoid arthritis, colitis and pneumonia.

Wired In: Thomas Reese

On Sundays, staff writer Paul Wood spotlights a high-tech difference maker. This week, meet Thomas Reese, 24, CEO of FlipWord, (

Area history, Jan. 24, 2016

Today is Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago: