Area history, March 5, 2015

Today is Thursday, March 5, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1915: George Snyder and Ed Collord this morning purchased the shoe store on North Hickory Street that has been operated for some time by J.C. Taylor. Both have been in the shoe business for years. Taylor will become night clerk at the new Inman Hotel in Champaign.

Notes-Worthy: Jim Means of Killer Bee Honey

Terry Brown of C.U. Bands and Fans talks with guitarist Jim Means of Killer Bee Honey, a local band that plays covers and original music. The band also includes Lon Ray on guitar, vocalist Cathy Means, Aaron Burnett on drums, Josh Dodson on bass and Bryce Johnson on vocals.

How long has KBH been a band and who are the members?

Top of the Morning, March 5, 2015

Has old man winter played his last discordant tunes?

Let's hope so. I for one have been waiting for spring since November (which resembled January more than late fall, but that's another weather story).

But there was an shining moment after Sunday's snowfall: A good Samaritan cleared one ofthe city sidewalks adjacent to my home.

Neighbors: Recognizing accomplishments in our communities

Academic honors

Tiffany Cherice Harrington of Champaign was named to the dean's list at the University of Memphis for the fall 2014 semester.

Logan Newkirk, a native of Watseka, was named to the Trevecca Nazarene University dean's list for fall 2014.

Younger Generation: Celebrating the achievements of young adults


Isaiah Loyd of Danville North Ridge had the area's highest finish, earning second runner-up in the eighth-grade contest at last weekend's IESA Chess Championship at Illinois State University's Bone Center.

Illinois Ancestors: Genealogical conferences benefit researchers

Where can genealogical researchers go to attend any one of 150 genealogical seminars/workshops to be taught by more than 80 experts in their field?

Answer: This year the location is St. Louis, Mo., and May 13-16 are the dates for the National Genealogical Society's (NGS) annual conference, "Crossroads of America."

Area history, March 4, 2015

Today is Wednesday, March 4, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Top of the Morning, March 4, 2015

Linda Case had a lot of help with her latest book, "Dog Food Logic."

They go by Vinny, Chip and Cooper and are always by her feet.

Individuals, organizations honored for innovation

URBANA — Cathy Singer's emphasis on both work and family was brought home at the annual Innovation Celebration event Tuesday.

Outwitted by a thermostat

With all the shoveling, back pain and creative driving we’ve endured in recent days, I thought I’d offer some tried-and-true homeowner advice to help you get through the rest of the winter.

Today’s installment is a step-by-step guide for what (not) to do when your furnace stops working on the coldest day of the year. Just in case, you know, that were to ever happen.