On the Town: Junior League Gala

Images  from the Junior League of Champaign-Urbana 80th Anniversary Gala event in Champaign on Saturday February 16, 2013

Central Illinois English Country Dancers

A gallery of images from the Central Illinois English Country Dancers event at the Phillips Recreation Center in Urbana on February 24, 2013.

Letter from Birdland: Alive with the sounds of the misty prairie

In Birdland in the mist, I can hear the interstate that my bad hearing usually lets me forget.

Reluctant Townie: Still more musings on 'The Bachelor'

Yes, I know I've already written about "The Bachelor" once this year, and on top of that, this season of "The Bachelor" has been excruciatingly boring, the blame for which rests solely upon Bachelor Sean, who is basically a vanilla wafer with legs.

For the retirees Feb. 24, 2013

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Bodnar, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 48 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, phone 359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Services of Champaign County.

Melissa Merli's Art Beat: Comic pays tribute to a major voice for equality

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: Betty Lusk Hughes

Studio Visit appears in Sunday editions of The News-Gazette. Here, a visit with artist Betty Lusk Hughes.

Getting Personal: Ralph Roether

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?

New film tells story of unsung civil rights leader

SUZANNE GAMBOA,Associated Press

Quick and Cold

Highlights from the Law Enforcement Special Olympics Polar Plunge at Lake of the Woods on February 23, 2013