Paul Wood

Paul Wood

Those Who Served | Desert Storm veteran's service was her 'sacred duty'

URBANA — Ronnie Turner-Winston considered her role as a chapel management specialist working with soldiers during Operation Desert Storm a "sacred duty."

Significant Structures | Tiernan Building embodies work of 'Urbana's architect'

URBANA — This building has never lost its magic.

The first floor of 115 W. Main St. was once a grocery store (now Crane Alley), but above it were an opera house, then a Masonic organization. You can clearly see these traces, even in a building with many new touches.

Wired In: Maxwell Feinberg

Each week, Paul Wood talks with a high-tech difference-maker. This week, meet MAXWELL FEINBERG, a newly minted University of Illinois graduate in aerospace engineering and computer science who moved to San Francisco after creating Jetson Robotics here.

Getting Personal: Robert and Sondra Libman

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, staff writer Paul Wood chats with Robert and Sondra Libman, who have been honored as 2018 Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizens. The honor is based on their commitment to education and a lifetime of community service, focusing on the needs of the underprivileged.

Prairie preservationist stands his ground on final plant relocation

CHAMPAIGN — Prairie preservationist David Monk stood in front of the last section of his North Chestnut Street "pocket prairie," saying Thursday he would literally stand in the way of heavy equipment being used to relocate the plants.

"I think people need to stand in front of the bulldozers sometimes," he said.

First Roger Ebert Symposium to feature out-of-this-world film

URBANA — The first Roger Ebert Symposium will explore the cinematic presentation of science and related subjects, including an IMAX film shot from space, with guests getting to hear from the former astronaut who did much of the shooting and the writer/director.

'Strange' happenings in play having world premiere at Krannert

URBANA — It's a dark story in a dark place.

An unsettling and ambiguous version of Henry James' unsettling and ambiguous 1898 novella, "The Turn of the Screw," is getting its world premiere at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts tonight.

Those Who Served | Red Cross driver knew value of morale boost during Battle of Bulge

CHAMPAIGN — In 100 years that have shown extreme courage in World War II and a lifetime of commitment to her church and community, Jill Knappenberger will celebrate that century in her home church.

Artistic license: Plate designs, vanity options have roads full of personalization

Variety is the spice of license plates.

There are 110 different categories (with sub-categories, for colleges within a university) for alumni groups, service organizations, sports fans, veterans groups and more, says Dave Druker of the Illinois Secretary of State's Office. It's the most in the nation.

Getting Personal: Marge Probasco

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, 82-year-old MARGE PROBASCO, Fisher's super volunteer, chats with staff writer Paul Wood. She's deeply religious and the world's greatest fan of the Bunnies.

What had been your major line of work before retirement?