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Motorcycle rodeo returns to fair for seventh year

URBANA — Champaign County fairgoers can look forward to a series of wild rides this weekend — and we're not just talking about the Midway.

Some of the most skilled riders in the area will compete Saturday in nine events at the fair's seventh annual motorcycle rodeo.


Area history, July 17, 2014

In 1914: Ben Phillips, a farmhand employed on the Henry Mayes farm a mile east of Staley, was struck and killed by a westbound interurban passenger car while crossing the track near the Mayes home yesterday. Rain and hail had obscured his vision as he led a four-horse hitch across the tracks.


Immigration boosts C-U, Midwest populations

Xuequing Chen moved to Champaign almost seven years ago after a cousin talked her into buying the Peking Garden restaurant.

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Fourth generation shows livestock

MAHOMET — Raising and showing cattle is a family tradition for the Turners of rural Mahomet.

"My grandpa, Don Turner, showed cattle for many years, and my dad, Doug Turner, followed in his footsteps," Luke Turner said. "I'm still showing cattle, and now my children are doing the same."


Q&A with comic Andrew Voris

This week, Paul Wood chats with Andrew Voris, 33, of Urbana, who is performing Thursday though Saturday at The Jukebox Comedy Club in Peoria. He regularly performs at The Iron Post in Urbana.

Tell me about past comics that you liked.


Top of the Morning, July 17, 2014

It reached all of 70 degrees on Tuesday, a C-U record for lowest high on July 15 (the previous mark was 72 in 1992). Today's record low — 49 degrees in 1896 — might be in jeopardy.

"Enjoy it while it lasts," state climatologist Jim Angel said. "According to the National Weather Service, the warm, muggy weather we all know and love should be returning by the end of the week."


Top of the Morning, July 16, 2014

Just because she has hit the big time doesn't mean 14-year-old Alora Rent can skip household chores.

"The consequences would be painful," she said.


Younger Generation: Celebrating the achievements of young adults

Rotary scholarships

The Danville Rotary Club announced its Service Above Self 2014 Scholarship winners as part of the club's annual Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) Program.

RYLA recipients for 2014 are: Shreeti Adhikari (Class of 2016); Caylin Smith (Class of 2015); and Shreja Patel (Class of 2016).


Illinois Ancestors: New Irish Lives Remembered online

The July/August edition of Irish Lives Remembered Genealogy e-Magazine is now available free on the Internet at http://www.irishlivesremembered.com. The cover story spotlights actor George Clooney, whose Irish ancestors left County Kilkenny and settled in Kentucky.


Neighbors: Recognizing accomplishments in our communities

Monmouth College honors

Monmouth College's Megan A. Haynes of Bismarck was inducted into Sigma Omicron Mu, an upperclass fraternity for students who maintain a 3.615 GPA or above. A senior business administration major, she is the daughter of Paul and Julianne Haynes of Bismarck.


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