Where did Don Hansen get the idea for next month's reunion of Champaign Central High School faculty and staff?
"Every time a group of us get together — usually at funerals — we always say we should get together in happier times," he said.
She's a spunky 19-year-old who loves playing sports, riding four-wheelers and living on the farm. Here's more on Fisher's Courtney Delaney, this year's recipient of The News-Gazette Farm Leader of the Year scholarship who will be honored at a May 27 banquet in Champaign:
She enjoyed her freshman year at the UI.
A reminder that you can have a say in what classic will be shown as part of the News-Gazette Film Series on June 25 at the Virginia Theatre. The candidates:
— Key Largo (1948)
— The Wizard of Oz (1939)
— Stagecoach (1939)
— Citizen Kane (1941)
— Mildred Pierce (1945)
— It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)
This week, we'll spotlight the college graduation season in the pages of The News-Gazette. For starters:
It's a good thing Lynne Curry is as comfortable behind the wheel as she is in a classroom.
Of the many sports he plays, Kim Martinie is partial to bowling.
"I like to hear the sounds of pins falling over," the 65-year-old said.
Being blind might prevent Kim from becoming the next Pete Weber — his career-high score is 124 — but it never has hindered his interest in competition.
Brad Diel does heavy lifting for United Way of Champaign County.
He's charged with getting some 200 handbags from Church Street to Pear Tree Estate in time for tonight's popular and purposeful fundraiser, Power of the Purse. "He transports them in a large trailer hitched to his pickup truck," fellow staff member Becca Guyette said. "True story."
On Wednesdays, we spotlight community do-gooders in our 'Neighbors' section. Something to get you there.
There's much to like about the new viewing deck behind the right field fence at Champaign Central's baseball field.
The view's fantastic, admission's free and anyone's welcome.
"Even Centennial fans can view the game from up there," Dan Swartz said.
Careful on your morning drive as today is the seventh Bike to Work Day in Champaign-Urbana.
Jeff Yockey, executive director of Champaign County Bikes, reports that in years past as many as 20 percent of the participants were biking to their job for the first time.
Bill Ziegler retired from farming in 2014.
"He hung it up officially but he's out there more than ever," his wife, Virginia, said. "You can't take the farm out of the boy."
You can find 79-year-old Bill in the fields at 5:30 a.m. most days. Last week, he helped son Scott and grandson Jake finish planting corn on the family's 234-acre farm north of Urbana.