Area history

Today is Sunday, June 18, 2017. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Top of the Morning, June 18, 2017

Goreville, population 1,067 and home of the Blackcats, is going to be bursting at the seams on Aug. 21 — thanks to astronomers from the University of Illinois.

Meet the first team

Emma Blomberg
D, Jr., St. Thomas More

Why she made the team: Blomberg has started all but one game over the last three seasons as the Sabers have compiled 26 shutouts. The fastest player on the team is also a talented forward, where she plays for her club team, but she's too valuable on the back line for coach James Johnson to move her.

Oakwood grad crowned Miss Illinois

MARION — Twenty-year-old Abby Foster, a Danville native and 2015 graduate of Oakwood High School, was crowned Miss Illinois on Saturday night. She will move on to compete at Miss America in September.

"It was so surreal," said Foster. "When they called my name, my mind went blank. I just thought 'wow' — these people just changed my life. I cannot wait to go to Miss America."

FBI offers up to $10,000 reward for info leading to missing scholar

The Federal Bureau of Investigation announced Saturday night that it is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the location of Yingying Zhang.

The 26-year-old University of Illinois research scholar visiting from China was last seen shortly after 2 p.m. Friday, June 9, in Urbana.

This day in history, June 17, 2017

Today is Saturday, June 17, the 168th day of 2017. There are 197 days left in the year.

Today's highlight

On June 17, 1972, President Richard Nixon's eventual downfall began with the arrest of five burglars inside Democratic national headquarters in Washington, D.C.'s Watergate complex.

Top of the Morning, June 17, 2017

There will be more than golf taking place today at Woodlawn Country Club in Farmer City.

At 10:30 a.m. underneath a tent near the ninth green, 22-year-old Colin Bishop will be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Marines. Both ceremony and site hold meaning for Bishop, a patriotic type who basically grew up on the course as a Blue Ridge High School player.

Area history, June 17, 2017

Today is Saturday, June 17, 2017. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1917, hundreds attended the dedication of the Webber Street Church of Christ in Urbana. It was announced that $4,605 had been raised in cash donations and subscriptions during the event.

Clergy Corner, June 16, 2017

Now preaching at Champaign's Rest-Oration Church (aka "The Resurrection Center"): the sweet-singing front man of ANDRE CRITTENDEN & The Law, a finalist for best group at the Chicago Gospel Music Awards. We asked the Rev.

Area history, June 16, 2017

Today is Friday, June 16, 2017. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1917, Champaign County was 63 recruits behind its quota for the regular Army for the months of April, May and June. The quota was 104 men and only 41 had been enlisted.