Today's Special | Sweets the star at new shop

An Urbana baker and food decorator has opened her own sweet shop.

Shaquwander "Shaii" Smith last week launched Sugga Shaii's Sweets at 1717 E. Florida Ave., U.

"I make different kinds of chocolate covered strawberries, and I make a variety of cupcakes," Smith said. "I have been doing this for fun for a long time, so I decided to make a business out of it."

Area history, May 20, 2018

Today is Sunday, May 20, 2018. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1918, three women died when an Illinois Central locomotive hit a car at the north railroad crossing in Tolono.

Business listings, May 20, 2018

These applications for assumed business names were filed with the Champaign County clerk's office:American Pride Custom Remodels, 506 Southwood Drive, Mahomet, Guy Williamson, same address.

Angela King, Architect, 605 E. Oregon St., U, Angela King, same address.

Boyer Homestead, 525 County Road 2400 E, Broadlands, William Boyer III and Kate Boyer, same address.

Building permits, May 20, 2018

Listed are permits for all new single-family and multifamily residences as well as commercial and industrial work and residential remodeling costing over $25,000. Permits are listed by applicant, description, site and cost.


White Roofing, roof repair/replacement at single-family residence at 1015 W. Church St., $32,200.

Conference offers guidance to would-be U.S. citizens

URBANA — Brigitte Tshibola has just been put through the wringer in a series of questions about the duties of citizenship.

She came through with flying colors — American colors — in her 15-minute practice citizenship interview at the Urbana Adult Education Center on Saturday.

'You don't forget something like that'

At the First Assembly of God Church in Danville, there's no visible sign of the powerful bomb that exploded during a morning worship service on Memorial Day weekend nearly two decades ago.But those who were there on May 24, 1998, still vividly remember the frightening boom, the smell of spent gunpowder and the gaping hole in the west wall of the building.

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, May 20, 2018

In installment No. 2 of our three-part Sunday series, we asked members of the high school Class of 2018: What are the top three items on your 10-year bucket list?

Just Askin' | An underlying economic metric

Q: What's the best way to measure the economy?

A: At the Busey Economic Seminar earlier this month, Busey Wealth Management CEO Curt Anderson suggested an interesting metric: men's underwear sales.

Area roads lined up for summer work

As spring turns into summer, construction crews are already busy making upgrades to area highways.

The News-Gazette spoke with Ken Crawford, a project implementation engineer for the Illinois Department of Transportation, about some of the projects travelers could run into this summer.

Vermilion County church bombings 20 years later

News-Gazette file photos of bombings from the Oakwood Community Church (Dec. 30, 1997), Danville's First Assembly of God Church (May 24, 1998) and the May 29, 1998, garage bombing in Danville.