The late John Lee Johnson was an uncompromising civil rights activist who could at times be a pain in the you know what.
But we needed someone like him to keep us honest and to move us forward in the area of racial equality.
I, as well as many other folks, miss him.
Studio Visit appears in Sunday editions of The News-Gazette. Here, a visit with artist Betty Lusk Hughes.
Getting Personal is an email Q&A with a local personality. Here, a chat with artist and musician Ralph Roether, 44, of Pesotum.
What time do you typically get up? What do you do the first hour of the morning?
SUZANNE GAMBOA,Associated Press
GIBSON CITY — Gibson City resident Ray Leisure and his collection of antiques will be featured in an episode of "American Pickers" that is scheduled to premiere May 27 on the History Channel, the show's producers said this week.
DANVILLE — Evidence of Shelly Larson's landscaping abilities can be seen all over Danville's downtown, and this spring, Keep Vermilion County Beautiful is offering people the chance to win a $5,000 yard makeover that includes Larson's talent as a consultant.
CHAMPAIGN — Laura Frerichs has been named winner of the 2013 Athena Young Professional Award, sponsored by past recipients of the Athena Award.
She will receive the award at the Athena Award luncheon today at the Champaign Country Club.
CHAMPAIGN — Bianca Green worked as an attorney for 16 years, representing clients in civil litigation.
But the stress of those cases and the awful circumstances they sometimes involved led her to seek a career "more in line with the life I wanted to lead," she said.
URBANA — Dan Schreiber was all about getting others to think about their passion. And he was well into the pursuit of his own in the form of food when the University of Illinois graduate student died in July 2010 at age 24.
HEBER SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — Mindy McCready, who hit the top of the country charts before personal problems sidetracked her career, died Sunday. She was 37.