Ted Kooser: An American life in poetry, Dec. 14, 2014

For every one of those faces pictured on the obituary page, thousands of memories have been swept out of the world, never to be recovered. I encourage everyone to write down their memories before it's too late. Here's a fine example of that by Margaret Hasse, who lives in Minnesota.


Our high school principal wagged his finger

over two manila folders

Look ahead: Top picks from Melissa Merli for the week to come

Look ahead: Top picks from Melissa Merli for the week to come

Don't miss Wheeler gig

Barn Yarn: From horses to hardwood

 Jeff and Lisa Edwards of Arcola have converted their former horse barn into their home. 

That's entertainment: Spotlighting events around the area

Star Theatre production

Several artists have collaborated on the original script for the musical "Love Beyond Blood," being presented at the Star Theatre this and next weekend in Villa Grove.

Library events, Dec.14-21, 2014

Events at local libraries during the coming week.

Champaign Public Library

Main Library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

Paul Kotheimer and Michael Meadows, two of Champaign-Urbana's finest singers/songwriters, will join forces for a concert at 2 p.m. today at the main library.

Missouri author pens a winner

Everyone loves a good old-fashioned murder mystery with an amateur sleuth, and "Anonymously Yours" by Shirley McCann is no exception. This Springfield, Mo., author has penned a winner, which is sure to be the first book in a successful mystery series.

Studio Visit: James DeBoer

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Here, James DeBoer, 64, of Danville. The retired family practice physician and artist recently chatted with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli.

How old were you when you started making art?

Who lives here? Dec. 13, 2014

Each week, The News-Gazette will show a screen shot of a home from a movie or TV show and ask readers, "Who lives here?"

Weekend update: Big doings in Bement

Weekend planner: Big doings in Bement

WILL brings Downton Abbey to Virginia

CHAMPAIGN — Like 1,000 other local "Downton Abbey" fans, Mare Payne and EllenSue Cameron can't wait to see the first episode of Season Five.

So they pulled together flapper costumes and signed up for WILL's "Downton Abbey" Season 5 Preview Party this evening at the Virginia Theatre.