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Studio Visit: Dan Gratz

Studio Visit appears in Sunday editions of The News-Gazette. Here, a visit with painter Dan Gratz.

Q: I loved your paintings that were on display at Figure One. How much do you charge for them, because I really want one?

A: I can give you a price list. There's a range. It depends on the size.


A steady hand at welding — and in all of life's endeavors

URBANA — Many first-time customers at Red's Muffler Shop are surprised to see a woman in one of the two bays, cutting and welding parts in exhaust systems.

Particularly older male customers. Some say they don't want a woman working on their car or truck.

One man like that was really mad when he saw Nelda Shaw working on his truck.


Military news: Chapin named NCO of the Year

Jet engine mechanic Tech Sgt. Zachary Chapin was named the 434th Air Refueling Wing NCO of the Year for 2012.


Dog's battle won, now owner fights cancer

URBANA — The veterinarians at the University of Illinois have pulled Keri Bradbury's dog, Nakita, through a near-fatal case of tetanus.

Now it's up to doctors to do what they can for Bradbury.

A 40-year-old Pontiac mother of two, Bradbury said she learned she has colorectal cancer within a day of finding out her dog had tetanus.


Life Remembered: Kanis a 'damn fine prosecutor,' wonderful friend

URBANA — Colleagues say a young Champaign County prosecutor who died of an apparent heart attack was a good lawyer with a penchant for research and a wonderful friend with a great sense of humor.


Grays, quartz gaining popularity in kitchens

URBANA — The immediate past president of the National Kitchen & Bath Association told members of Champaign County Association of Realtors that they should look for more gray tones, quartz counter tops and white-painted cabinets in kitchens.

Speaking Thursday in Urbana, Alan Zielinski reported results of the association's 2013 Design Trends Survey.


2013 Ebertfest schedule

Some full passes are still available for the 15th annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival, associate festival director Mary Susan Britt said. And individual tickets go on sale in two weeks.


Jack Black, 'Bernie' coming to Ebertfest; Swinton, Linklater return

CHAMPAIGN — Tilda Swinton is back, and Jack Black is, well, Jack Black at next month's 15th annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival.


Leader of Danville Y takes new job

DANVILLE — The chief executive officer at the Danville Family YMCA has accepted a position with Y-USA as resource director serving small to midsize YMCAs in central and southern Illinois.


Youth briefs March 20, 2013

Three students from Central High School in Champaign have been named National Merit finalists. They are Jennifer Anderson, Kristen Campbell and Likith Govindaiah.

The Franklin Middle School MathCounts Team won third place in its regional competition. The team scored high enough to advance to the state competition. Franklin is in Champaign.