UI department head already has big plans — and much centers on new works

URBANA — If you're a fan of new plays, you're in luck. So is Jeffrey Eric Jenkins, the new head of the University of Illinois Department of Theatre.

Jazz Professor Chip McNeill throws himself into his work

By Samantha Kiesel

Chip McNeill walks down the hall in his black sneakers as jazz music floods the basement of Smith Hall. He waves with his left hand to a couple of students and clutches a soprano saxophone in his right.

Studio Visit: Margaret Duffy

Studio Visit appears in Sunday editions of The News-Gazette. Here, a visit with musician Margaret Duffy.

Getting Personal: Lila Jeanne 'Shorty' Eichelberger

Getting Personal appears in Sunday's News-Gazette. Here, a chat with Lila Jeanne "Shorty" Eichelberger, 85, of Champaign, a retired vocational educator, philanthropist, volunteer for the University of Illinois College of ACES, member of several local boards, financial supporter for many local groups, Meals on Wheels driver and passionate Illini fan.

Bob Swisher: Glad to see McKinley Y is preserved

We were among a group of people invited over the holidays to tour the old McKinley Memorial YMCA building, 400 W. Church St., C.

The property is now owned by Leon Jeske, who is no stranger to restoration in the community.

Rost wins national award

CHAMPAIGN — A Champaign woman has won a national award from an organization that honors mothers.

Gail Rost has been named the National Mother of Achievement from American Mothers Inc.

She was also named Mother of Achievement for the state of Illinois late last year, by the same organization.

Crash victim, 91, recalled as 'gift we all had'

CHAMPAIGN — A Champaign woman who died from injuries sustained in a traffic accident in Champaign earlier this month is being remembered as a woman of strong faith devoted to her family, her church and her community.

Pi Day at Westville High School 2013


Westville High School celebrates Pi Day Thursday March 14, 2013. Students purchased raffle tickets for a chance to hit one of four teachers or principal Guy Goodlove with a pie. $130. was raised for St. Judes Childrens Hospital.

Illinois Ancestors: Government records listed in newsletter

The Illinois State Archives has listed the local government records it acquired in 2012 in its newsletter, For the Record (winter 2013), and they include the following:

— Adams County: Burton Township: Assessor's Books 1861-, Election Papers 1955-, Voter Registers 1912-; County Clerk, Election Papers 1920.

— Alexander County: Justice of the Peace Dockets 1895-.

My Amish Home: Snowstorm landed on us in a big hurry

"And in that day shall ye say, Praise the Lord, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted. Sing unto the Lord; for he hath done excellent things: this is known in all the earth." Isaiah 12:4-5