DANVILLE — Lakeview College of Nursing recently held three ceremonies to recognize students who achieved the transition into clinical practice within their bachelor’s degree nursing program.

Each year Danville Lions Club members hold a Candy Day to raise money to help fund local organizations, their Lions’ vision and hearing services, and Lion’s Foundation support for vision and hearing services.


OAKWOOD — Halloween events next month may be altered due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the second year for the Darkhorse Theatre Company’s “Evil Dead: The Musical” will be happening.

Up next in Myers Dinner Theatre’s 24th Anniversary season will be the Off-Broadway musical, The Ark, which opened Friday and runs through Oct. 11.

Good Saturday, everyone! As our campaign is kicking off, I want to let you know about the programs United Way of Danville Area funds, due to the generosity of our donors. So, I am going to write about each one for the next several weeks. My hope is always to give you new information that can…

The Commercial-News snagged nine awards in the Illinois Associated Press Media Editors 2019 newspaper contest. Jennifer Bailey won four of the nine, including a first place for business writing.

One of the most unique places to see in Danville for a child, and many adults, too, during the years of 1949–1994, was Herb Drews’ Air Conditioning & Furnace business on the north edge of town.

Good Sunday morning, everyone! We are in the middle of history being made, like it or not. I want to remember all that is happening day by day. I, personally, want to be better prepared should anything like this happen again.

Not to be confused with Veterans Day, which will be celebrated on Nov 11, 2020, today has been designated as National Vietnam War Veterans Day according to a law recently signed by President Trump. More information on this event can be read at http://tinyurl.com/w35mz3r.

Today, it is rare that one hears about a case of hydrophobia, also known as rabies. This was not always the case. In the past, the word struck terror in a neighborhood because the only hope of survival was by applying a mad stone, which consisted of compacted vegetable and mucous matter foun…

Ron Lee dropped the picture by. It was a view of Gordon Bridgman’s Standard Service Station in Oakwood taken by American Air Photography. The image was captured mid-way through the last century. Oakwood’s new fire station now occupies the space along U.S. Route 150 where Gordon operated the …

The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) has introduced a new advantage for being a member of that society: a series of video presentations to assist researchers who use libraries, archives and other research facilities in Illinois.

Good Sunday morning, everyone! We are living in difficult times now, but we will get through this too. Too, I said! That’s because pandemics aren’t new. They have happened before, and they will happen again.

Downtown Danville in the 1960s was chockful of little businesses owned by local people who worked hard and had fun doing it. One of them was Fritsch’s, run by Gene Fritsch.

Called the proverbial dean of American genealogical research by Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., Johni Cerny died Feb. 22, 2020 in Lehi, Utah. She was born in Kansas City, Mo., received a bachelor’s degree in social work and genealogical research in 1969 at Brigham Young University, …

Good Sunday morning, everyone! I recently went to an event where in one of the programs they talked about was the need to have boundaries, whether personal or work. So, for this column I dug into this idea deeper.

FamilySearch has posted billions of images of historic records from around the world. However, about 80 percent of them are not indexed. Thus, many of our ancestors’ records are “hiding” in these unindexed digital record images.

I’ve been thinking about Bob Wright, the legendary Commercial-News reporter/editor/columnist, historian, civic leader and all-around great guy.

Matthew Connelly has posted a disturbing New York Times article at https://tinyurl.com/rscc2sy that reports that the National Archives “is letting millions of documents … be destroyed or deleted.” This is partially because “Congress has simply been unwilling to pay” for the preservation of s…

Good Sunday morning, everyone! The Groundhog did not see his shadow and Easter is six weeks away, so we just have to hang on a little longer to get through these dark, cold, dreary days.

Lucy Harmon celebrated her ninth birthday on February 18, 1864. She received a picture from her father, Colonel Oscar Harmon, for that special day.

The genealogical community does not need another “how to” book. There are many such texts that have passed the test of time and are consulted by beginners as well as advanced researchers.

Good Sunday morning, everyone! Last week we had the final drawing for our United Way Incentive Program Car Giveaway. It was an exciting event again this year, going all the way to the sixth candidate to get our winner.

At the January 1890 meeting of the Williamsport town council, the following petition was submitted. “Whereas, professional peddlers and hawkers have become numerous and are selling inferior articles of merchandise to the citizens of Williamsport and vicinity and charging exorbitant prices th…

The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS—at http://www.ilgensoc.org) Honors and Awards Committee is always seeking nominees who have made exceptional contributions to Illinois genealogy.

Danville’s courthouse square, Danville’s American Legion Post 210 and column number 189 of Memorial Stadium at the University of Illinois bear the name of a great man: Curtis G. Redden.

Good Sunday morning, everyone! I like David Ramsey. He is a financial advisor, author and radio personality. You can hear him every weekday afternoon on WITY.

Dig deep within yourself, for there is a fountain of goodness ever ready to flow if you will keep digging.” — Marcus Aurelius

Illinois will be one of a few states to recognize Wednesday, Feb. 12, as a state holiday — Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. The U.S. government has chosen to acknowledge this important event along with George Washington’s birthday later this month on Feb. 17, Presidents’ Day, the third Monday in …

Good Sunday morning, everyone! Talking money this morning, how to keep more of it kind of money talk! You liked the sound of that didn’t you? Most of these take very little work but a lot of self-discipline.

America struggled to gear up for war in the months following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. The nation was ushered into World War II by the Japanese surprise attack.

Genealogist Joe Beine’s website, Online Death Indexes, Records and Obituaries (at http://www.deathindexes.com) has been updated. This most recent update contains Indiana’s Tippecanoe Historical Association Genealogy Indexes including Early Tippecanoe County Obituaries & Death Notices, 18…

Good Sunday morning, everyone! Our goal at United Way is to help everyone in our community be healthier, better educated and more financially stable. So, my topics are usually relating to those three subjects.

Judy G. Russell’s (“The Legal Genealogist”) article, “Through The Golden Door: Immigration after the Civil War (1864-1924),” was a handout at a recent meeting of the German Genealogy Group (www.germangenealogygroup.com) and available to members of that society, includes a timeline of laws af…