Area history, Jan. 2, 2015

In 1915, there are now 44 prisoners in the Champaign County Jail, which is a record for the new jail. Accused murderer J. Scott Stone, who was sick several days last week, is much improved and is ready for three meals a day.

Area history, Jan. 1, 2015

In 1915, Champaign Postmaster Charles Mullikin said today that the post office would resume regular city mail delivery to homes with correct street addresses displayed. "In checking up the numbering Sunday," he said, "it was found that almost 70 percent of the houses within the delivery district of the city are now displaying correct numbers.

My Amish Home: It's the most hectic time of year

"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of peace." Isaiah 9:6

Neighbors: Recognizing accomplishments in our communities

Honor society

The following local residents were among the 18 students recently inducted into the Lakeview College of Nursing Honor Society: Abigayl Frields of St. Joseph; Kayla Haggart of Gibson City; Brenda Kammin of Sidney; and Natalie Schneider of Champaign.

Younger Generation: Celebrating the achievements of young adults

Robotics symposium

When Uni High School junior Joaqun Gutirrez Malik started tinkering around with the FLL Robotics Club in fourth grade, he had no idea it would propel him to the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) pre-college symposium Nov. 5-9 in Ann Arbor, Mich. He just knew that robotics was something he really wanted to do.

'My daddy was a great daddy'

The church sanctuary was filled to overflowing with mourners for the deceased.

But the man whose memory was the subject of tears, laughter and celebration did not die at a ripe old age after a long, successful life. Instead, he died much too young, another victim of mindless violence who leaves behind a big family that includes an 7-year-old daughter.

Illinois Ancestors: Reunions Magazine continues 25th year

The second issue of the 25th volume of Reunions Magazine has been sent to subscribers and is also available at many newsstands. A project for a later issue called "Reunions Hall of Fame" will list all the reunions that have been featured over these 24-plus years.

Area history, Dec. 31, 2014

In 1914, Dr. Edmund Janes James, president of the University of Illinois, announces the betrothal of his only daughter, Helen Dickson, to George Frazier, professor of public accounting at the UI, and the comptroller of the university.

Military news in brief

Airman Jonathan Garver of Danville graduated earlier this month from Air Force Basic Military Training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. Garver is a 2014 graduate of First Baptist Christian School in Danville, and is a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Tilton.

State retirees who paid insurance premiums can expect refunds

SPRINGFIELD — Refunds will be coming early this summer to state retirees who paid health care premiums over a 14-month period before a court decision halted the deductions.

Checks are expected to be in the mail in June 2015, said Springfield lawyer Don Craven, one of the attorneys in the Kanerva lawsuit filed against the state.