Farmers looking to avoid dust-ups at planting time

CHAMPAIGN — Some county roads and interstates had reduced visibility last week as farmers tilled their soil and planted corn.

While much of the dust clouds are outside their control, some techniques farmers are adopting could reduce dust storms in the future, such as cover crops or eliminating or reducing tillage.

Getting Personal: Paul Ruedi

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, 58-year-old Champaign resident Paul Ruedi chats with staff writer Paul Wood. His family business is Ruedi Wealth Management, and he also has a radio show on WDWS. Ruedi once tended bar for Bill Murray.

How did you end up in Champaign-Urbana?

WWII veteran puts it across home plate

CHAMPAIGN — Howard Ross earned the Purple Heart after being hit with shrapnel in World War II, but that didn't stop the 93-year-old from getting the job done.

He threw the ceremonial first pitch before the second game of Saturday's double-header with Danville Area Community College at Parkland College.

"No trouble at all," he said, and threw it again.

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, May 6, 2018

This being commencement week on campus, we asked 10 folks who'll have speaking roles during UI college and departmental graduation ceremonies: What's the best piece of professional advice you ever received?

The Reluctant Townie | Having trust issues with spring

The first day of May brought 80-degree temperatures to the Midwest, which has many East Central Illinois residents dusting off their cargo shorts and asking themselves — should I get back together with spring?

There are some important questions to ask yourself before you jump back into a relationship with your ex-favorite season.

Leap of faith: From a chance meeting in Haiti to a home in Urbana

It was a connection made out of the rubble of Haiti's devastating 2010 earthquake, and Chris Roegge still can't quite explain why he and Stevenson Jean Baptiste were drawn to each other.

Area history, May 6, 2018

Today is Sunday, May 6, 2018. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Top of the Morning, May 6, 2018

The plan was to work at The News-Gazette for a spell and then move on.

That was nearly 43 years ago.

"I didn't take long to figure out that I liked the town a lot," Urbana's Tom Kacich said. "Friends, church and school stuff ... we just got into it."

Police: Masked men held woman at gunpoint

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign police are not sure there's any relation between two home invasions committed one day apart last month in the campus area.

Champaign police Sgt. Dennis Baltzell said police have little to go on in one but at least had photos of masked men in another.

Urbana Grand Prix putting mettle to the pedals

URBANA — Although Sunday's forecast calls for rain, the eighth annual Urbana Grand Prix bicycle race will still go on.

"The only thing is if it's tornado stuff," said race director Mark Swartzendruber. "That would put things off."