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Comedian Tim Conway dies at 85

NEW YORK (AP) — Tim Conway, the impish second banana to Carol Burnett who won four Emmy Awards on her TV variety show, starred aboard "McHale's Navy" and later voiced the role of Barnacle Boy for "Spongebob Squarepants," has died. He was 85.

Peggy Lipton of 'Mod Squad,' 'Twin Peaks' dies at 72

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Peggy Lipton, a star of the groundbreaking late 1960s TV show "The Mod Squad" and the 1990s show "Twin Peaks," died of cancer Saturday. She was 72.

Lipton died surrounded by her family, her daughters, Rashida and Kidada Jones, said in a statement.

Actress and singer Doris Day dead at 97

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Doris Day, the sunny blond actress and singer whose frothy comedic roles opposite the likes of Rock Hudson made her one of Hollywood's biggest stars in the 1950s and `60s and a symbol of wholesome American womanhood, died Monday. She was 97.

Top of the Morning, May 11, 2019

Tonight, Champaign native Elizabeth "Amy" Treat fulfills a lifelong dream by performing at the fabled Lincoln Center in New York City.

A member of the University Glee Club of New York City, she is the soprano soloist in the Easter Hymn from Mascagni's opera "Cavalleria Rusticana."

"I am indeed nervous and thrilled for the opportunity," she said.

Ebertfest 2019 Day 1 | Our favorite moments

Arts-and-entertainment expert Frank Pieper's take:

All Access: Virginia Theatre

News-Gazette photographer Stephen Haas was given special access to go behind the scenes at Champaign’s Virginia Theatre before, during and after a performance by “The Choir of Man” on Sunday, March 10.

Ebertfest lineup: Gershon, Tilly, Madsen

Questions? Drop 'em in Tom's Mailbag by clicking here

CHAMPAIGN — Roger Ebert's Film Festival offers three guests known for their sultriness, two of them also known for Oscar prestige.

"Ebertfest" comes to the Virginia Theatre April 10-13.

Montgomery Gentry will take stage at Ford County Fair

MELVIN — A classic country and western act will perform this summer at the Ford County Fair.

Fair organizers announced Sunday that they'd booked Montgomery Gentry to play on June 28.

Top of the Morning, Feb. 18, 2019

Wallace MacClellan is a curious, kind, nature-loving 6-year-old who lives in the fictional coastal town of Snug Harbor.

He's the star of a comic strip now featured in our funny pages (B-6 today), the brainchild of Will Henry, a curious, kind, nature-loving 34-year-old who lives in a real coastal town in Rhode Island.

Country star Dustin Lynch to headline Champaign County Fair

URBANA — Country music fans can get their fix at this year's Champaign County Fair, as it was announced on Wednesday that country star Dustin Lynch will headline the fair on July 26.

Dylan Scott will open the show.

Lynch, known for such hits as "Small Town Boy," Good Girl" and "Seein' Red," was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in September 2018.

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