Amy F. Reiter

Amy F. Reiter

Villa Grove now part of Douglas County phone notification system

VILLA GROVE — The city will now be able to use the Douglas County EMA's code red notification system for municipal emergency announcements.

The Fray staying on course for Champaign concert

Dave Welsh scooped ice cream in high school, sold shoes during his first year of college. He thought he'd major in creative writing. He dreamed of becoming a musician, but who really does that?

Well, Dave Welsh does, for one.

As one-fourth of The Fray – the band's 2005 release of "How to Save a Life" was ubiquitous on Top 40 radio and TV shows like "Grey's Anatomy" – Welsh spends his life touring the world, recording music he helped compose and playing songs to thousands of fans, including those who'll turn out at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15 to hear the band play at the University of Illinois Assembly Hall, the first stop on a quick round of university performances.

Getting Personal: Dallas and Co. owner Andy Dallas

Explain in one sentence what it is you do.

Magician, escape artist, mentalist, hypnotist, past national president of the Society of American Magicians, award-winning comedy writer and actor, owner of Dallas & Co., magic teacher, mentor, coach, husband and father.

WILL to air lost 1982 interview with UI's 'Red' Grange

"You win without going around blowing up about it and bragging about it, and you can lose without crying about it. Then you say, 'Well, let's start all over again.'" – Harold "Red" Grange on playing football

If not for the threat of a few whacks on the butt with a paddle from his fraternity brothers, Harold Grange might never have tried out for the University of Illinois football team. At about 160 pounds, he'd looked around at the other students trying out, decided he'd never make it and went home. But his frat brothers felt differently, and they let him know it.

Getting Personal: Nobel Prize-winner Anthony J. Leggett

Explain in one sentence what it is you do.

I am a theoretical physicist; I try to understand the behavior of matter under conditions where quantum mechanics leads to counterintuitive and sometimes spectacular effects such as superconductivity and super-fluidity, and to help my students to do the same.

Roommates: Tips for peaceful coexistence

That sock around the doorknob might not be quite so cute the fifth time in a row it happens. And last week's dishes don't look appealing once they mold over.

As many with roommates learn, sharing space can come with complications. Kaamilyah Abdullah-Span has heard the roommate and apartment-mate issues over and over again in her position as assistant dean in the University of Illinois Office of Student Conflict Resolution.

Getting Personal: WCIA weather anchor Judy Fraser

Explain in one sentence what it is you do.

I am a CBS weather anchor for WCIA-TV, responsible for forecasting the weather in central Illinois five days a week. Aug. 19 will be my 33rd year anniversary.

Area folks get extra boost when exercising for a cause

When Jaymie and Randy Huffman of Mahomet started running, they had an invisible boy at their side.

The boy was going through chemotherapy, and when the couple started working with the Team in Training – a fundraising-through-running program that's part of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – they thought of him.

Getting Personal: UI Professor Ollie Watts Davis

Explain in one sentence what it is you do.

I am a wife, mother, grandmother, musician, professor of music, chairwoman of the voice division, and conductor of the University of Illinois Black Chorus.

Mahomet-Seymour grad's baby line now for sale at Saks

MAHOMET – When Becca Smith has a good idea, she doesn't dither over the risks.

She leaps right in.

About two years ago, the 2002 Mahomet-Seymour High School graduate was working in a boutique in Arizona and saw the demand for clothes and accessories with bling – jewels and other sparkly stuff.