A scrappy low-power radio station in Urbana has extended its reach, thanks to a new 100-foot transmission tower.
With a tower 40 feet higher than the original one, WRFU-LP FM can now be heard through all of Savoy, parts of Thomasboro, almost but not quite to St. Joseph and Philo, and to Staley Road on the west side of Champaign.
Duders, we beat the Mayan Apocalypse. Final boss battle, programmer credits, enter your initials for high score. The game is over.
We just lived through the single biggest event in mankind's history. Has it sunk in yet? We dominated the Mayan Apocalypse with such ferocity that it didn't even bother to show up to its own fight.
'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, except for the mouse. It scuttled and scampered and barreled its way, charging toward where the garbage can lay.
Charles Lozar grew up in a landlocked Chicago suburb and lives in Champaign, far from any sea, ocean or sizeable lake.
But he's a compendium of knowledge about maritime history. In fact, he's devoted to and obsessed with it.
You can see that as soon as you enter his National Museum of Ship Models and Sea History in Sadorus, 15 miles south of Champaign-Urbana.
In the grim short days of deep winter, the stars seem to shine even brighter and brittler.
David Leake, the director of the William M. Staerkel Planetarium at Parkland College in Champaign, says cultures have come up with holidays all around the world to find warmth around the shortest day of the year, Dec. 21.
Bob Zimmerman remembers hearing a lot of Champaign rock bands at Saturday night dances in Tuscola when he was growing up there.
As he got older, Zimmerman would drive to Champaign-Urbana to hear the music. He soon noticed how vibrant the scene was here.
Not a musician himself, he nonetheless became part of the scene, working on road crews for the bands Skater and Starcastle.
The minie ball, a new bullet for a new Civil War, was an evil chunk of soft lead that expanded after firing to fit the rifle barrel — and then tumbled through a soldier's body, causing wounds that required amputations.
Despite the surgeons' skills, they did a poor job of keeping their instruments clean and rarely used anesthetics.