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2008-06-18 03:00:31

By Phyllis Coulter, The Pantagraph, Bloomington, Ill. Jun. 18--NORMAL -- Community volunteers and Unit 5 school board members got their first chance Tuesday to see the newest renderings and site plans for schools the district intends to build. The audience of about 30 people was told the buildings will be secure, environmentally friendly, compact, two-story buildings with smooth traffic flow. "We're actually seeing the schematics now," school board President Jay Reece said. "This was...

2008-06-16 21:00:16

By Michelle Koetters By Michelle Koettersmkoetters@pantagraph.com BLOOMINGTON - The Twin Cities' airport will take a conservative approach to finances next year. The Bloomington-Normal Airport Authority approved the fiscal year 2009 budget for the Central Illinois Regional Airport in Bloomington at its monthly meeting Thursday. Revenues and expenses are budgeted to be about even with fiscal year 2008, which reflects the uncertainty in the airline industry because of record fuel prices...

2008-06-16 03:00:30

By Sharon K. Wolfe, The Pantagraph, Bloomington, Ill. Jun. 16--BLOOMINGTON -- The 90th annual meeting of the McLean County Association for Home and Community Education and the University of Illinois Extension-McLean County is July 8. It begins with registration at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. The event is sort of trip down memory lane with displays dating from 90 years where homemaking was the focus. While that is still important, the current HCA sends packages to overseas troops and...

2007-06-18 21:00:20

BLOOMINGTON - Twenty-nine high school students whose parents work in Bloomington have received the 2007 State Farm Cos. Foundation Scholarship. State Farm awards 100 such scholarships nationwide to legal dependents of State Farm employees, agents or retirees. The award is a four-year scholarship with stipend amounts ranging from $3,000 to $8,000 per year. The area students are: Christine M. "Christy" Anderson, daughter of Steve and Dawn of LeRoy, a LeRoy High School graduate....

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  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'