Paul Wood

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Getting Personal: Jessy Ruddell

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, 41-year-old Urbana resident Jessy Ruddell, the manager and new executive director of the I.D.E.A. Store in Lincoln Square Village in Urbana, chats with The News-Gazette's Paul Wood.

Where did you grow up and how did you get here?

Significant Structures | Chateau Normand filled with windows into the past

URBANA — A Normandy-style former sorority house on campus has been remodeled into a luxury apartment building, with much of the old structure kept as it was, from the tall steel windows dating to 1928, to a 1962 addition.

In rehabilitating the former Zeta Tau Alpha sorority house at 1404 S. Lincoln Ave., owner Pierre Moulin struggled to keep the building true to its 1928 origins.

7 area vets among 200 being honored as part of state's bicentennial

SPRINGFIELD — Seven local veterans are included in the Bicentennial Honor 200, which honors the work of 200 veterans who made extraordinary contributions to the people of Illinois.

Local Honor 200 recipients include:

— Steve Allen, Newman

— Charlie Dukes, Georgetown

— Brad Gould, Rantoul

— Julius Hegeler, Danville

— Arleigh Jones, Tuscola

Lanco enjoying their 'Love Story' ahead of City Center show

CHAMPAIGN — Lanco's Tripp Howell never slows down, which is not at all a bad thing in a drummer.

The country music band comprises Brandon Lancaster (lead vocals), Chandler Baldwin (bass guitar), Jared Hampton (keyboards), Howell (drums) and Eric Steedly (guitar).

They're at The City Center on Saturday night. The band's name is short for Lancaster and Company.

Two late UI grads to be honored at New Art Film Festival

CHAMPAIGN — C-U Confidential's Jason Pankoke doesn't need to live in Champaign to feel its pulse.

The movie guru said that despite living away from Champaign for more than a year, he has been able to organize the New Art Film Festival.

The festival will begin at 7 p.m. Monday, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. at the Art Theater, 126 W. Church St., C. Admission is free.

Those Who Served | Hot and cold Naval detail

CHAMPAIGN — Roger Thorson ran hot and cold in his military service.

From 1980 to 2000, he was as close to the North Pole as Alaska and near the Equator in Panama.

He served in the Navy, but with a hitch.

"I spent 20 years in the Navy and was never on a ship," said Thorson, who worked with cryptological equipment that took him all over the world.

Getting Personal: Whitney Fleming

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. This week, Whitney Fleming, 34, of Champaign, the business manager at Rod Sickler Salon & Spa, chats with staff writer Paul Wood.

Neighborhood mainstay Huber's marking a century in business

CHAMPAIGN — What's your pleasure: beer or candy?

Customers have been able to get both at Huber's since not long after World War I ended — well, except for that long dry spell while Prohibition was the rule of the land.

Krannert the perfect 'Forum' for new take on classic musical

CHAMPAIGN — A funny thing is happening on the way to Krannert Center.

"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" is directed by longtime theater Professor J.W. Morrissette.

And there are plenty of funny things in the musical classic.

Those Who Served | Officer climbed ranks from Vietnam to Pentagon

CHAMPAIGN — Lt. Col. Gene Lamkin had a varied career:

He was in Okinawa, then Vietnam, at the Pentagon for a while, spent some time in Europe and even in Crete.

It was a long way from Urbana, where he graduated from the University of Illinois in physical education, after a false start in history.

"I jammed four years of college into five years," he said.