Letter from Birdland: Counting our chickens just got twice as difficult

I drove home carefully yesterday, slipping a couple of times. The sky was white, and only the corn stubble told where the sky meets the ground. The occasional tree line would become visible gradually, first like a pencil drawing that's been erased, then growing larger and more stark against the snow.

Reluctant Townie: Almost Internet famous? Thanks to Oates, yes

Last week, something happened that altered the course of my life forever.

Should I happen to drop dead tomorrow, it would be OK: My existence has been validated by the universe. I have fulfilled my purpose in this world; I am overcome with everlasting peace. Last week, I wrote a column that was retweeted by John Oates.

"Who is John Oates?" you may be asking yourself.

For the retirees March 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.

Getting Personal: Julie Pryde

Getting Personal appears in Sunday's News-Gazette. Here, a chat with Julie Pryde, administrator of the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District.

What time do you typically get up? What do you do the first hour of the morning?

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.

Gearhead of the Week: Brian Cordes

Brian Cordes has it bad for the late 1980's Dodge 2.2 liter turbo engine. And he has the Dodge Daytona Shelby version to prove it.

On The Town: Walk on the Wild Side


 Images from the Take a Walk on the Wild Side fundraiser for the Wildlife Medical Clinic  in Champaign on Saturday March 9, 2013

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.