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Lotto numbers corrected

The lottery numbers in Tuesday's News-Gazette  listed some incorrect numbers for Illinois' Monday Lotto drawing:

The Little Lotto numbers, which were correct, were: 8-14-17-29-38

The Lotto numbers were: 14-15-20-23-31-43

Former Air Force musicians spreading wings in C-U

Most people have weird notions about military bands, say Shawn and Darden Purcell. They think of John Philip Sousa and marching music, and bass drums and bugles.

Shawn, a guitarist, and Darden, a jazz vocalist, will tell you their experiences with the U.S. Air Force bands were quite different.

'Where the Great Ones Run' coming back for second run

URBANA – Those hazy, lazy days of summer are hard to come by for an actor in a hit play.

Just ask Colleen Klein and Anne Shapland Kearns, both of whom will be reprising their roles in the second run of "Where the Great Ones Run." The play, written and directed by Mark Roberts, made its world premiere June 5 at the Station Theatre in Urbana.

Champaign County Fair opens with crunch of bent metal

URBANA – Jason Dillingham committed at least five traffic violations to claim the top spot in Friday night's Demolition Derby at the Champaign County Fair – a repeat of his performance last year.

In the derby's final moments, Dillingham's 1975 Buick shoved out his father's car to net the $1,000 victory in the full-size division of the derby. This year marked his 17th.

Former Champaign man, wife challenge gravity as acrobats

Professionals who see David Gray and Alyssa Marx's aerial and acrobatic acts can't believe the couple can do what they do.

Area residents will get a chance to see Gray, a 1997 alumnus of Champaign Centennial High School, and Marx, a native of San Francisco, when they perform for the first time in Champaign at the Chester Street Bar around 12:30 a.m. Sunday and Monday.

Volunteers work to make Farmer City Fair special for kids

FARMER CITY — The Farmer City/DeWitt County Fair still has plenty to offer as it concludes its 2008 run on Saturday night. This year marks the 78th year for the annual event at the Farmer City Fairgrounds on the city's northwest edge.

Friday night is the demolition derby and a band playing contemporary blues and rock 'n' roll music. Saturday opens with a Western horse show and ends with back-to-back dances featuring two classic rock bands.

Plenty to see and plenty for free in East Central Illinois

With the cost of gas, airfare, food and everything else going north, many Americans are staying put and spending less on entertainment.

That doesn't mean, though, that you have to park yourself in front of a television set. There are plenty of things to do for free in East Central Illinois, among them concerts that would carry a pretty hefty ticket fee in most cities.

Mahomet performer among talents in Little Theatre's 'Gypsy'

SULLIVAN – Taylor Lykins of Mahomet, a regular in Champaign Urbana Theatre Company and Brights Lights Theatre Company performances, will portray Baby Louise in the Tony Award-winning musical "Gypsy," opening Wednesday at The Little Theatre on the Square.

The production will star Eleni Kanalos as the adult Louise and Chicago actress Mary Robin Roth as Mama Rose.

Father, daughter team up for 'Annie' production in Danville

DANVILLE – The sun may come out tomorrow, but if you want to see the Lincoln Park Theatre Company's production of "Annie," you'll need to bring a blanket or lawn chair at twilight.

The show is set for 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday on the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center stage under the tall oaks of the park in the 1000 block of North Logan Avenue.

Works of master of fine arts graduates go on display Friday

CHICAGO – Work by the University of Illinois School of Art and Design's newly minted crop of master of fine arts graduates will be on view Friday through Aug. 16 at I space, the Chicago gallery of the university.

"Pulse of a Perfect Heart," includes paintings, mixed media, digital photography and installations by 13 MFA students who graduated in May.