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High-wire artist will keep his feet on the ground at Krannert

In 1974, Philippe Petit astonished the world by dancing across a cable stretched between the tops of the World Trade Center twin towers.

The then 24-year-old French street performer spent a dazzling, breathtaking 45 minutes on the wire a quarter mile above the streets, entertaining and scaring countless people and even the police, who took him into custody once he finished his feat.


'Mid-American Gardener' host well-known for teaching - and love of plants and people

ST. JOSEPH — The logistics might make it impossible, but WILL-TV ought to film its weekly program "Mid-American Gardener" at host Dianne Noland's home and garden.

She and her husband and son, Drew, when he's home from Northland College, live in a beautiful rustic log house near the Salt Fork River in rural St. Joseph.


Woodworking school to open in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — A new woodworking school will open in Champaign this month, and several celebrity woodworkers will be on hand to help launch it.

The CU Woodshop School of Woodworking will operate from the former HL Precision Machining building at 1302 Parkland Court, C.

A grand opening is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 22 in the 8,000-square-foot instructional facility.


Volition parent reports loss despite downsizing

CHAMPAIGN — Volition's parent company, THQ Inc., reduced the number of its video-game development studios from 11 to five and eliminated 370 jobs in a restructuring earlier this year, the company said in its annual report this week.

That reduced THQ's workforce, as of March 31, to 1,088 employees, with at least 402 of those employed outside the United States, the report said.


Urbana woman delights in creating children's games; 2 win national acclaim

URBANA — It's not all fun and games for Gina Manola — even though they make up a large part of her work.

The Urbana woman has developed six children's games — three already on the market and three more to be introduced this summer.


Market at the Square returns this Saturday

URBANA — The Urbana farmers' market — Market at the Square — returns to the Lincoln Square Village parking lot this Saturday.

The market will run from 7 a.m. to noon each Saturday through Nov. 3, according to director Lisa Bralts.

The event is held in the southeastern portion of the parking lot, near the corner of Vine and Illinois streets.


Lamon House opens Sunday

DANVILLE — The historic Lamon House in Danville's Lincoln Park will open for the season on Sunday.

Visitors can visit the house between 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. on Sundays through the end of October.

They will be greeted by Melissa Beckwith Lamon, portrayed by Danville resident Becky Woodrum.


Savoy to vote on permit for brewing company

By JULIA LEATHERWOOD/For the County Star

SAVOY — The village board is scheduled next week to vote on a special-use permit for a "nanobrewery." Before the Wednesday meeting, the board will hold a public hearing on the issue at 7 p.m.


Paxton to hold community sale Saturday

PAXTON — By the end of this week, Brad Strebeck might just become an honorary meteorologist.

The lead organizer of Paxton's Community Sale has been constantly checking the weather forecast for the biggest variable for Saturday's big event: rain. So far, so good, as the forecast calls for mostly sunny skies with a high in the mid-60s.


WILL hosts Inge, Quinn, producer retiring

URBANA — Two longtime hosts on WILL-AM and a producer at the radio station are retiring.

David Inge, longtime host of the morning talk show "Focus," announced his plans to retire from the University of Illinois and WILL-AM on June 30.

In addition, Celeste Quinn, the host of "Afternoon Magazine," and Harriet Williamson, the producer of "Focus," are also retiring.