Top of the morning, May 23, 2015

The good news keeps rolling in for Erik Luis Orta, the Urbana High School senior who was pictured on Friday's front page after winning a car.

Turns out his parents didn't try to claim the 2008 Honda Civic — valued at $6,500 — as his graduation present.

"I'm still getting one," Orta said. "Maybe a laptop. The one I have is getting funky."

Q&A: Page Johnson Parkhill

You name the golf course, Page Johnson Parkhill has visited it.

That's just how it is when you're the proud mom of one of the best players to ever swing a stick in Champaign.

"Oh my goodness," she says. "I have walked miles and miles and miles following Clayton playing golf."

Champaign growing like no other

Thursday, the U.S. Census Bureau released its annual population estimates (as of July 2014). Among the revelations of area interest:

'65, '74 grads to join Bement hall of fame

BEMENT — Bement High School graduates Tonya Flavin and Stephen Gonzalez will be inducted into the school's Hall of Fame during fall homecoming.

Area history, May 22, 2015

Today is Friday, May 22, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1915: Mrs. E.S. Wheeler today sold the Colonial Theatre on North Market Street in Urbana to Leal L. McCullough, who takes possession today. Mrs. Wheeler and children will move to their former home in Kankakee at the close of the school year.

Top of the morning, May 22, 2015

As long as she can remember, the almost-40 Anita Chan watched "Late Night with David Letterman." The UI assistant professor of media and cinema studies admits she is a fan of stupid pet tricks, stupid human tricks and many of Letterman's other bits.

Water company official new chair for EDC

CHAMPAIGN — Ron Smith of Illinois American Water will serve as chair of the Champaign County Economic Development Corp. board of directors for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

He will succeed current Chair Lori Gold Patterson of Pixo.

Bottenfield PTA comes through for playground

CHAMPAIGN — A $6.3 million expansion and renovation helped Bottenfield become the most desired elementary school for Unit 4 parents to send their children to, according to recent district data.

What all of that 1-cent sales tax money didn't cover, however, was the outdoor play space that was lost during the 2013-14 construction.

Area history, May 21, 2015

Today is Thursday, May 21, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1915: Champaign probably will in the near future approve an ordinance banning high-powered headlights on motor vehicles unless properly dimmed. The fine for violating the ordinance would be between $5 and $50. Many cities in the United States already have passed a similar law.

Notes-Worthy: Christopher Corkery

Terry Brown of C.U. Bands and Fans speaks with singer-songwriter Christopher Corkery.

What makes you a musician?