Getting Personal: Chris Kaler

Getting Personal is an email Q&A with a local personality. Here, Meg Dickinson chats with Chris Kaler, executive director of the Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce.

Getting Personal appears first in print, in Sunday editions of The News-Gazette. In the Oct. 30 newspaper, we'll have a chat with Sue Grey of Champaign.

Hundman, Alexander lumber firms to combine

CHAMPAIGN — Hundman Lumber has agreed to combine with Alexander Lumber, with the Champaign operations moving to Alexander's new location at 1720 W. Anthony Drive next week.

Walter Alexander, president of Alexander Lumber, said Friday that "a great number" of Hundman's employees in Champaign are expected to join Alexander.

Studio Visit: Natalie Ellis

Studio visit appears first in print, on Sundays. Here, Melissa Merli visits Natalie Ellis of Champaign. In the Oct. 30 News-Gazette, we'll have a studio visit with musician Sam Payne.

Q: What's this SoDo Theatre all about here at Class Act?

Group finds more than 100 homeless are 'most vulnerable'

A survey to find Champaign County's "most vulnerable" homeless identified more than 100 individuals at risk of dying on the street, according to the group that sponsored the poll.

C-U At Home, a church-based group formed earlier this year, conducted the survey this week as part of a national campaign called 100,000 Homes. Preliminary results were announced Friday.

Danville man charged in uncle's death

DANVILLE — A 26-year-old Danville man on Friday pleaded innocent to criminal charges in connection with the Oct. 17 death of his uncle.

Robert C. Matchem was charged in Vermilion County Circuit Court with one count of involuntary manslaughter, a Class 2 felony with special penalty provisions, and one count of aggravated battery, a Class 3 felony.

Frost advisory issued for Saturday morning

     The National Weather Service has issued a frost advisory for central Illinois, in effect from 4 a.m. to 9 a.m. Saturday.

     Counties under the advisory include Champaign, Vermilion, Douglas, Edgar, Coles, Piatt, Moultrie, DeWitt, Macon, and Shelby.

Selfish consumers or smart shoppers? You decide

Email continues to pour in on both sides of the debate regarding coupon shoppers who take multiple in-store coupons.

Wiegand will be Champaign schools' next interim superintendent

CHAMPAIGN — One of the Champaign school district’s assistant superintendents will step in as interim superintendent after the current interim’s time to serve the district runs out.

Police investigate mugging in Urbana

URBANA — Police are investigating a mugging at an east Urbana apartment complex that happened Thursday night.

Child dies in driveway accident

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign police say the death of a child run over by her mother Friday morning in the family driveway was a tragic accident.

Deputy Chief Troy Daniels said tall bushes in front of Colleen Bezich-Miller's home in the 2500 block of Maplewood Drive would have kept her from seeing her 4-year-old daughter run out of the house and into their driveway.