Top of the morning, May 21, 2015

In the same auditorium where its college-bound athletes are recognized on Signing Day, Centennial High paid tribute to another group of students-going-places Wednesday: graduating seniors headed to the military.

Life Remembered: Sanders 'loved Georgetown'

GEORGETOWN — In the Georgetown City Council chambers, a red rose sits in place of the name plate of Mayor Kay Sanders.

A friend placed the flower there Tuesday morning in memory of Mrs. Sanders, a longtime Georgetown resident who decided in the spring of 2013, at age 72, to campaign for mayor as a write-in candidate.

Cops return to rooftops next week for Special Olympics

Area police officers will take part in fundraising for Special Olympics Illinois next week by taking to the rooftops of Dunkin' Donuts stores.

The "Cop on a Rooftop" fundraiser begins at 5 a.m. on May 29 at the following Champaign County locations:

Area history, May 20, 2015

Today is Wednesday, May 20, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1915: The case against Higgison Peddicord of Champaign, charged with knowingly renting property to bad characters, was tried this morning and went to the jury at noon. Hours later he was found guilty.

Deadline nears to sign up for cancer survivor event

CHAMPAIGN — The deadline is approaching to sign up for the American Cancer Society's free Survivor Dinner, which will be held June 2 at Faith United Methodist Church (1719 S. Prospect Ave.).

Illinois Ancestors: Have your ancestors 'contacted' you?

Many genealogists have experienced a happy coincidence while doing family history research, such as tripping over a rock in a cemetery that turns out to be the partially buried tombstone of the person being researched, or "happening" to find a book in a library that contains the information on the person being sought.

Younger generation: Celebrating the achievements of young adults

DAR essay winners

Alliance Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, announced the winners of the 2014-15 American History Essay Contest: Daniel Busby, fifth grade; Emily Gawenda, sixth grade; and Schae Rutledge, seventh grade. All three students attend St. Malachy School, Rantoul.

Go figure: May 20, 2015

A numerical look at local headlines

3,160 (and climbing)

Google search results for the distinguished doctor who'll headline a conference devoted to health issues in sub-Saharan Africa that kicks off today in Champaign.

South Side celebrates 90th birthday

Champaign's South Side Elementary celebrated its 90th birthday last weekend. We asked Principal Bill Taylor, who attended South Side from 1967 to '73, what the school will look like at age 100.