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MiniAbe National CemetaryRemember:  And I’m proud to be an American, Where at least I know I’m free.  And I won’t forget the men who died, Who gave that right to me. ∼Lee Greenwood            Memorial Day was declared a federal holiday in remembrance of the men and women who have died in wars or in service to their country.  As much as Memorial Day remains a day of reflection and honor, its meaning is often overshadowed by summer barbecues, shopping, blockbuster movie releases, and the long, awaited three-day weekend.  Here are some ways in which we can remember those we honor on Memorial Day:

  • National Moment of Remberance at 3:00 PM
  • Fly the flag
  • Visit a veteran’s cemetary
  • Visit monuments
  • Read and reflect
  • Visit a veteran’s hospital
  • Attend a memorial day parade
  • Create a care package

Local Photographers!

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We are looking for photographs of Vermilion County to be included in this year’s Danville Area Visitor’s Guide.  Would you like a chance to see your photos printed in this glossy magazine and have a chance to win 1 of 3 prizes?

  • 1st Place – $100 Gift Card
  • 2nd Place – $50 Gift Card
  • 3rd Place – $25 Gift Card

Submit your photos to:

ATTN:  Photo Contest

The Commercial-News

17 W. North Street

Danville, IL  61832


or send electronic images to:  cdecker@dancomnews.com


Deadline for submission is April 27, 2015.


Electronic images must be capable of being printed at 300 dpi resolution.


Famous Balcony

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe little wrought iron balcony still adorns the home once owned by Dr. William H. Fithian in Danville.  For more than a century and a half, it has defied time and the elements as a city grew up around the home the doctor and his wife built on Gilbert Street.  Danville was a small village in 1855, just beginning to flex its muscles as it welcomed the first railroad being built across the county.


The home and balcony have been preserved because the doctor and Abraham Lincoln were friends.  Abe stayed in the Fithian home when he visited Danville, and once gave a brief speech to his political supporters from that balcony.  He had to bend his tall frame like a corkscrew to crawl through a window to reach the balcony, but Abe was up to the challenge and didn’t disappoint his cheering supporters.


After Lincoln’s passing, people began to become more aware of the greatness of the man whose life spanned only 56 years and a few weeks.  He led the nation through its greatest crisis ever, and his character, and good virtues would stand the test of time.  That is why people still come to the Fithian home to walk in Lincoln’s footsteps.  That is why they stand and view the little balcony that was once touched by the hands that penned the Gettysburg Address.  People feel a kinship with the great, but humble man, who once walked the streets of Danville.


Commercial News posted April 12, 2015 

by Don Richter


50th Anniversary Rededication of the Dr. William Fithian Home

116 N. Gilbert Street

Sunday, May 3, 2015 from 1:30 – 4:30 PM

Come enjoy refreshments, costumed characters, special exhibits, and performances.  Free Event!

2015 NJCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Tournament a success!!

NJCAA Logo - transp with 2015 dates 2The City of Danville and Danville Area Community College (DACC) were proud to serve as the hosts of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II Men’s National Basketball Tournament.  All games were held March 17-21, 2015 in the Mary Miller Gymnasium at DACC.  Sixteen of the nation’s top junior college teams punched their ticket to Danville by winning their District Championships.


This years field consisted of: Phoenix College (Phoenix, AZ), Lakeland Community College (Mattoon, IL), Richard Bland College (Petersburg, VA), Essex County College (Newark, NJ), Schoolcraft Community College (Livonia, MI), Olive-Harvey College (Chicago, IL), Des Moines Area Community College (Des Moines, IA), Kishwaukee College (Malta, IL), Southeast Community College (Beatrice, NE), CCBC Dundalk-Baltimore (Baltimore, MD), MCC-Penn Valley (Kansas City, MO), Garrett College (McHenry, MD), Genesee Community College (Batavia, NY), John Wood Community College (Quincy, IL), Hesston College (Hesston, KS), and Lansing Community College (Lansing, MI).


The Richard Bland Statesmen completed an unbelievable two-year mission to win a National Championship, defeating John Wood Community College 64-53 in the title game at the Mary Miller Gymnasium.


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Did you know?

  • This was the tournament’s 22nd year in Danville.
  • Approximately 200 volunteers help run the tournament each year.
  • National anthems and half-time entertainment is provided by outstanding local talent.
  • Approximately 20 volunteers serve as hosts for visiting teams.
  • An average of 100 four year coached from around the country come to scout talent at the tournament.
  • The tournament’s hospitality room is sponsored by many of our great Danville restaurants.  Thanks to them, it is reported to be one of the finest at any tournaments in the country – including the NCAA.

Here is some food for thought! (a sampling of what was served)

  • 3408 cocktail weiners
  • 2256 meatballs
  • 1100 ice creams/custards
  • 1057 other desserts
  • 800 pieces of chicken
  • 500 sandwiches
  • 68 pizzas
  • 8 cases of chips
  • 6 gallons of barbecue sauce

Time for the Next “Phase”

We are saddened by the decision to move Phases of the Moon Festival from the area. The inaugural event was wonderful, yet faced many hurdles. Some challenges were typical of first-year festivals. Others, such as the weather, were unexpected and quite costly. To grow more financial stable, festival organizers found a new financial partner outside of the state.

The Phase of the Moon team expressed their love for Kennekuk Park, Vermilion County, the city of Danville, their partners and the entire community. In fact, they have shown interest in trying to bring a new event back to the community in the future. They are great partners and we’ll welcome the opportunity.