DANVILLE — Some Danville middle school staffers hope to raise some money for the school and showcase its new cafetorium at the first South View Middle School Extravaganza.
The event will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. May 10 in the school cafetorium, 133 E. Ninth St., Danville. It is open to the public.
DANVILLE — This Memorial Day weekend, the Danville Rotary Club once again will line North Vermilion Street with American flags as part of its annual Rotary Memorial Way.
CHAMPAIGN — When she taught an introductory film course at Danville Area Community College, Martha Kay started and ended each semester by showing "Citizen Kane." She estimated she saw the movie 40 times.
On Sunday, the closing day of the 14th annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival, Kay saw "Kane" again on the Virginia Theatre's big screen, with audio commentary by Roger Ebert.
Studio Visit appears first in print, in Sunday editions of The News-Gazette. Here, Melissa Merli visits with artist Betsem Benjamin at his studio in Urbana.
Q: You're from Cameroon. How did you end up in Champaign-Urbana?
CHAMPAIGN — Todd Rendleman grew up in the small town of Anna in southern Illinois, loving movies. As a kid, he would check out only one movie at a time at a video store. He'd watch it on a Friday night and then watch it carefully again the next day.
He thought it sacrilegious that his friends would check out a stack of videos and view one after the other without discussing each movie.
Their name may be a cheesy rip-off from television's longest-running crime series, but there's nothing inferior about the efforts of Team Law and Order.
CHAMPAIGN — Ebertfest emcee Chaz Ebert thinks most movies about religion satirize or make fun of faith and the faithful. Not so with "Higher Ground," actress Vera Farmiga's finely wrought debut as a director.
Organizers of the fourth running of the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon are declaring it a success.
Changes made to the way the racers started and a slight tweaking of the course route seemed to help with congestion among the runners and motorists trying to avoid them.
And Saturday's cool damp weather meant mostly muscle cramps for the medical folks to ameliorate.
CHAMPAIGN — As president of the respected Sony Pictures Classics, Michael Barker attends the Academy Awards ceremony every year. He's noticed that the category of best foreign film is highly competitive and the nominees are wary of each other.
By JULIA LEATHERWOOD/For the County Star
SAVOY — The village board is scheduled next week to vote on a special-use permit for a "nanobrewery." Before the Wednesday meeting, the board will hold a public hearing on the issue at 7 p.m.