Studio Visit: Kevin Hart


Studio Visit appears in Sunday editions of The News-Gazette. Here, a visit with musician and teacher Kevin Hart.

Mannie Jackson film will air Monday

URBANA — The new documentary, "Mannie Jackson: From Boxcar to Boardrooms," will air at 8:30 p.m. Monday on the Big Ten Network.

Getting Personal: Larry Fredrickson

Getting Personal is an email Q&A with a local personality. Here, a chat with 60-year-old Savoy resident Larry Fredrickson. The WDWS-WHMS-WUIL radio employee develops marketing plans for advertising clients and plays drums in the Tons O' Fun Band.

Guy Lombela helps minister to Champaign-Urbana's growing Congolese population


URBANA — On a Saturday night at Stone Creek Church in Urbana, a crowd of French-speaking African immigrants, mainly Congolese, are lifting their hands, squinting their eyes and crying out in sporadic fits of praise. The whole congregation seems to be under the spell of the holy spirit.

Or maybe it's just their pastor.

Jessie's first fight



Jessie Bushman's back grazes the top rope of the ring, making it vibrate gently in contrast to the violence all around. Her hands, mummy-wrapped and fitted with two red gloves, are pinned to her abdomen. She's trying to breathe.


Paxton woman collecting prom dresses for others to use

PAXTON — A Paxton woman is asking people to donate their used prom dresses so they can be rented or sold at a low cost to local teenagers who might otherwise not be able to afford them.

'Geek renaissance' extends to 'bleeks'

URBANA — An urban fashion trend has taken hold among NBA stars, reminiscent of a certain '90s sitcom nerd.

Call it "Urkel" style. Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James are sporting suspenders, cardigans, bow ties, even huge glasses.

Robbery victim gets unexpected -- and welcome -- anonymous surprise

URBANA — James Winston got a huge bonus Friday that many employees never do: the gift of being appreciated.

The 63-year-old southeast Urbana barber was robbed at gunpoint a week ago in his business inside the Sunnycrest Mall.

Danville singers deliver melodious messages, smiles to area sweeties

DANVILLE — Paul Ziebert is sitting at the dining room table, listening to the afternoon farm report.

Jennie Richey, his late wife's caregiver, and now his, is doing the dishes in the kitchen.

Scholarship talent show set at Centennial

The annual Scholarship Talent Show sponsored by the African-American Culture Club at Centennial High School is scheduled for Saturday.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the show will start at 7 p.m. in the Aldridge Auditorium.

This year's theme is, "Rags 2 Riches," and the cost is $5.