'Northern roots' musician begins stint at UI today

URBANA – Nationally known "northern roots" musician Tim Eriksen, who served as a music consultant for "Cold Mountain" and other movies, will be the Unit One/Allen Hall guest-in-residence from today through Thursday.

All events featuring him will be free and open to the public and will take place in Allen Hall, 1005 W. Gregory St., U.

Turpin wins N-G Publisher's Award; four others honored

CHAMPAIGN – "Penny for Your Thoughts" host Jim Turpin has won The News-Gazette's Publisher's Award, given for a career of commitment and contribution to the company.

Turpin, who also co-hosts "Saturday Sportsline" on WDWS-AM, is former general manager of the station, which is owned by The News-Gazette Inc.

Local developers adding to iPhones list of apps aplenty

You finally got around to asking her out. You landed a sitter for Saturday night. Your BFF is back in town for one night.

What are you going to do? Music concert? Dance performance? Gallery opening?

Kansas executive elected to News-Gazette's board

CHAMPAIGN – Ralph Gage Jr. has been elected to the board of directors of The News-Gazette Inc., replacing Bill Nugent.

Gage is director of special projects for The World Company, which owns the Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World as well as several smaller newspapers in Kansas. He was formerly the company's general manager and chief operating officer.

Flex-N-Gate chief's suits against advisers proceeding

URBANA – Suits by Flex-N-Gate Corp. President Shahid Khan and his wife, Ann, against several financial advisers are proceeding at both the appellate and circuit court levels.

The Khans filed suit against several financial advisers last July, claiming the advisers misled the Khans about tax-advantaged investment strategies.

It's Your Business: Pauly's joins bevy of barbecue joints

East Central Illinois has one more place to savor locally smoked and barbecued meats.

Pauly's BBQ opened on Friday in the former Tom's Dairyland in Arthur.

Woman killed in three-vehicle accident on Interstate 74

PESOTUM – A Tazewell County woman died early Saturday from injuries she received in a three-vehicle accident on snowy, icy roads near Mahomet on Friday evening.

Illinois State Police said Jennifer Kautz, 27, of Minier was a passenger in a pickup truck driven by Chad Kautz, 28, that hit a semitrailer on Interstate 74.

Children's home worker arrested in prescription scheme

URBANA – An employee of Cunningham Children's Home in Urbana was arrested Thursday for deceptive practices after it was discovered he was forging prescriptions for pain medication.

An Urbana police report said Scott Krile, 47, who listed an address in the 400 block of North Sheldon Street, Rantoul, was issued a notice to appear in court on a later date.

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Man convicted of break-in to be sentenced next month

URBANA – A Champaign man convicted of residential burglary faces up to 30 years in prison when he is sentenced next month.

A Champaign County jury on Wednesday convicted Perry Hampton, 22, who listed an address in the 100 block of West Roper Street, Champaign, of residential burglary.