Piatt shootings appear to be murder, suicide

RURAL WHITE HEATH — Two shooting deaths here, after a five-hour standoff, have left surviving family members shocked.

The brother and three grown children of Roger and Shirley Sharp are trying to regroup after the Piatt County man apparently shot his wife, then himself, on Thursday evening.

Studio Visit: Nile Hawver

Studio visit appears first in print, on Sundays. Here, Melissa Merli visits with Nile Hawver, 24, of Urbana.

Q: Your woodworking items seem rustic. Where did you grow up, and what are your influences?

A: Rhode Island, but most of my dad's woodworking stuff is in upstate New York and western Connecticut.

Getting Personal: Paul Hergenrother

Getting Personal is an email Q&A with a local personality. Here, Meg Dickinson chats with Champaign resident Paul J. Hergenrother. Getting Personal appears first in print, in Sunday editions of The News-Gazette. In the Oct.

Coroner says White Heath pair died of gunshot wounds in murder-suicide

     Preliminary autopsy results show that a Piatt County couple, whose bodies were found in their home after a standoff that lasted five hours Thursday, died from gunshot wounds.

25th annual Food for Families kicks off Saturday at Memorial Stadium

The Food for Families Drive brings in tons of food and more than $100,000 annually for the hungry, but the first attempt at a Champaign-Urbana food drive didn't go so well.

Field still unsettled for 13th District

One of these days, the race for the Democratic nomination in the 13th Congressional District will settle down.

But that might not occur until Dec. 5, the last date for candidates in Illinois to file nominating petitions for congressional races.

Family shocked by double shooting in Piatt County

RURAL WHITE HEATH — Family members were shocked Friday as they tried to regroup after a Piatt County man apparently shot his wife, then himself on Thursday.

Jim Sharp, the brother of the late Roger Sharp, said the tragedy was unexpected and was causing suffering for the three grown children of Roger, 64, and Shirley Sharp, 59.

Bipartisan town hall planned in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — One is a Democrat, the other a Republican. One is from Illinois, the other from Connecticut. One voted for President Obama's health care proposal, the other opposed it vehemently. And they are nearly polar opposites on congressional liberal-conservative ratings.

Unit 4 Interim Superintendent could leave by end of January

     The Interim Superintendent of the Champaign public school district says his tenure with the district could be over by the end of January.

Anderson to speak at Wounded Warriors fundraiser

CHAMPAIGN — Ask Sgt. Garrett Anderson about Wounded Warriors, and he'll tell about his own comeback from severe injuries.

Anderson was severely wounded while serving in Iraq, sustaining a variety of injuries, including a brain injury and the loss of an arm, in a roadside bomb explosion.