Former Illini player a theft suspect

URBANA — A former University of Illinois football player was arrested over the weekend for theft.

The Champaign County sheriff's office reported that Caleb Day was booked at the county jail at 3:22 p.m. Saturday for theft under $300.

Day, 22, who listed an address in the 0-100 block of East Green Street, is scheduled to appear in arraignment court on Monday.

Providing a much-needed lift

CHAMPAIGN — Roy Napier set his alarm clock for 7:30 a.m. Fifteen minutes later, the Champaign native was parking his car near State Farm Center. By 8 a.m., he was first in line outside the west entrance, ready for his opportunity to see the Chicago Cubs' World Series trophy.

Getting Personal: Bruce Swartz

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, 67-year-old Champaign resident Bruce Swartz chats with The News-Gazette's Paul Wood. Swartz has been active with Restoration Urban Ministries, served as a sidekick to comedian Tony Clements and has been official statistician for the Illini football team since 1984.

Where did you grow up?

For the retirees, Feb. 5-11, 2017

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Graves, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 48 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, phone 359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Service of Champaign County.

The Reluctant Townie: Mike Pence's Super Bowl Sunday

"Mother, mother," called Vice President Mike Pence from his plastic-covered living-room chair. "May I have another chicken wing?"

"Yes, dear," said Mrs. Pence, walking over to her husband and offering him a festive, football-shaped serving platter.

Wired In: Anesh Mohan

Each week, the N-G's Paul Wood spotlights a high-tech difference-maker. Meet ANESH MOHAN, 21, a senior at the University of Illinois in chemical engineering, and co-founder of myHangr, an app that seeks to bring the openness and friendliness of a freshman dorm floor to the virtual world.

Who else is on the team?

Studio Visit: Lara Orr

Lara Orr, 37, of Urbana describes herself as a maker who works primarily with textiles and printmaking through her business, Same Street textiles and scrap yard. She is also the community-involvement coordinator for Yankee Ridge and Wiley elementary schools in Urbana.

Did you study art?

Area history, Feb. 5, 2017

Today is Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

A life remembered: Jeweler 'generous with his knowledge'

CHAMPAIGN — Longtime Champaign jeweler Neil Browne's friends and colleagues remember him as an honest man, a successful businessman and a skilled craftsman.

Mr. Browne, who died suddenly Wednesday at the age of 64, owned Browne's Fine Jewelry for more than 30 years, opening it in 1980 on University Avenue with just an ounce of gold and expanding the business until he retired in 2015.

Sandra Mason: Gardening brings us together

On Jan. 2, 1993, my first Homeowners Column, "Selecting Seeds for the New Year," appeared in The News-Gazette. Over these 24 years and about 1,250 weekly columns, I've touched on many topics in the world of gardening.