Home for the holidays - one last time

We are celebrating the “Thanksmas” holiday this year with my side of the family.

My niece is getting married Saturday night, and lots of relatives are coming into town who won’t be able to make it back for Christmas a month later. So we’re doing a combo holiday on Thanksgiving.

Jim Dey: Retired lawyer tackles life story of 'Uncle Joe' Cannon

Danville's Tim Smith plans to spend his future thinking and writing about the past.

The 66-year-old retired lawyer can't help himself — it's a compulsion.

"My father gave me an intellectual curiosity that is broad. It's both a blessing and a curse. Right now, it's a blessing," he said.

Area history, Nov. 25, 2014

Today is Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Top of the Morning, Nov. 25, 2014

At 48 years old, Willie Comer can't play basketball like he used to. And when he does, "I'm very, very sore," he said.

Uni High grad becomes only Illinoisan to earn prestigious honor

He's now six months retired as pastor at Urbana's Dublin Street Church of Christ, but Charles Harmon felt the urge to return to the pulpit one more time Sunday morning.

After all, it's not every day you can tell folks who have known her since she was a tot that your 21-year-old daughter was just named one of 32 winners of the world's most prestigious scholarship.

Salute to veterans: 'They didn't know where we were'

CHAMPAIGN — Cryptographer Richard Hughes wanted to serve in North Africa in World War II, and that's where he was supposed to go.

In late 1942, the D-Day invasion of Europe seemed far off, as Germany's Erwin Rommel and his tanks dominated North Africa in early fighting.

Area history, Nov. 24, 2014

Today is Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago.

Best deal on two wheels? Urbana bike giveaway

URBANA — The Urbana Police Department is ready to clean out the scores of bicycles it has collected over the last several months.

For the fourth consecutive year, the department is giving away used bicycles to interested citizens from Urbana and surrounding communities.

The giveaway will take place Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to noon at 704 S. Glover St., U.

Monticello senior joins the parade

MONTICELLO — It's her first time visiting the Big Apple, and Megan Taylor gets to have her experience showcased on national television.

Top of the Morning: From the archives

Urbana High School's Thanksgiving Dinner has been around long enough now that its genesis may be lost on some.

The dinner is on again this year, from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thanksgiving, at the high school, 1002 S. Race St., U. As always, it's free and anyone is welcome. Those who need a ride can call the Urbana High School Student Senate office to arrange one: 217-384-3505 extension 4036.