Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Allerton Park associate director promoted to head job

MONTICELLO — Derek Peterson, the associate director of Allerton Park and Retreat Center, has been bumped up to director, promising to continue the direction the facility has taken under Bruce Branham.

Branham, a UI crop sciences professor, has returned to full-time teaching and research at the University of Illinois, which owns the park, a gift from Robert Allerton in 1946.

Country star sticking to his roots at Sangamon River Music Festival

MAHOMET — Mark Chesnutt has 14 No. 1 hits, 23 Top Ten singles, four platinum albums and five gold records, and singles like "Brother Jukebox," "Too Cold at Home" and "Blame It On Texas."

Entertainment listings, Aug. 24-31, 2017


This weekend


Eclipse had local scientists busy collecting data

While the rest of us were gazing at the vanishing sun through our protective glasses, two teams of scientists from the Illinois State Water Survey were busy collecting weather data before, during and after Monday's solar eclipse.

For area students, eclipse 'a one-of-a-kind thing'

DANVILLE — Five, 15, even 50 years from now, Jaden Winters will be able to recall not only where he was when Monday's total solar eclipse took place, but also what he thought about it.

"It was amazing," the South View Upper Elementary School fifth-grader wrote in his "dashboard diary," shortly after he and his classmates viewed the rare natural phenomenon outside on the school's lawn.

Melissa Merli: Just outside Carbondale, sky was clear for totality

CARBONDALE — I don't feel different. My perspective on life and the universe hasn't changed.

Well, maybe it's shifted a bit, after I experienced the total eclipse of the sun on Monday. Mainly, it was a lot of cosmic fun, with 27 old and new friends in and around the backyard pool at my old friends Mark Brittingham and Kathy Pine's home 5 miles west of Carbondale.

'Hard to explain what all this event has done for me'

DANVILLE — Several years ago, local veteran Jason Wills was invited to play in a charity softball game with other combat-wounded veterans from all over the country.

United Way's Born Learning Trails provide fun walk down path of education

SAVOY — Parents and kids can now add fun and learning games to their walks through one Savoy park and will soon be able to do the same at another in Champaign.

Safety, glasses concerns have area schools adjusting eclipse plans

Champaign's Unit 4 and other area school districts are changing the solar-eclipse activities they had planned for Monday because of safety concerns, including whether their glasses for students and staff are the real deal.

Top of the Morning, Aug. 19, 2017

Adjusting schedules because of an eclipse, like many schools are doing Monday, has been going on for years. In a nod to TOM KACICH's daily history items, here's what The News-Gazette reported on July 21, 1963, the day after an afternoon eclipse.