The News-Gazette's Paul Klee, Bob Asmussen and Jim Rossow each placed in the top three in writing categories in the national Associated Press Sports Editors contest.
The News-Gazette had more top five finishes (four) than any sports section in the country competing in the 30,000-75,000 circulation category.
Listed are recent permits for all commercial and industrial work, all new single-family and multifamily residences and all residential remodeling over $50,000.
Sunbuilt Commercial, repair/replacement work to storefront at 55-57 E. Main St., $60,000.
First State Bank adds Gensler. Justin Gensler has joined First State Bank as branch manager of the facility at Neil Street and Windsor Road in Champaign.
In addition to operational oversight of the branch office, he will focus on mortgage lending and community engagement.
There's something wonderful about happening upon a musician playing for his or her own pleasure, completely absorbed in the music. Jeff Daniel Marion is a fine poet from east Tennessee. And here's a woman playing the bagpipes.
Playing to the River
She stands by the riverbank,
notes from her bagpipes lapping
across to us as we wait
By Vivienne Mackie
South Africa has much to offer the visitor, but no trip is truly complete without taking to the wine routes.
"Lulu and the Duck in the Park" (Albert Whitman 2012) by Hilary McKay is a perfect chapter (early middle grade) book from an author who understands how to make both kids and adults laugh.
Wednesday, April 17
'Job Seeking Skills' class. 6 p.m., Habitat for Humanity, 119 E. University Ave., C. Topics include: creating a resume; applying for the right position; and a winning interview. Free. Call Michelle Stallmeyer at Habitat for Humanity, 819-5113, to register.
The Christian world was shocked last week when news spread of the death of 27-year-old Matthew Warren, the youngest son of internationally known pastor Rick Warren of the famed Saddleback Community Church in Orange County, Calif.
In early March, monster trumpeter Arturo Sandoval sent a tweet to a younger but equally awesome trumpeter, Alison Balsom:
"Italian Concertos. Congratulations, dear Alison, you are simply amazing."
He then suggested the two of them play duets. Looks like that might happen.
Bhavia Wagner started out being an activist 45 years ago when she was Carol Hartstirn, an Urbana student working to save Allerton Park from a dam project.
Now she lives in Eugene, Ore., and the 1974 Urbana High School graduate works to help children in Cambodia get a good education.