The gift of hope

HOMER — On the really tough days, Lauri Umbarger looks for comfort outside. Especially on May 6, the day her son Brandon came into the world in a hurry, a towhead with an infectious grin who loved nothing more than hanging at home with his family.

Walt Robb: Worth the risk

Walt Robb, who received a doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois in 1951 and went on lead GE Medical Systems, has written a book "Taking Risks: Getting Ahead in Business and Life."

Area history, May 10, 2015

Today is Sunday, May 10, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Different views of motherhood

Today I applaud all of you mothers out there who try your very best to do what is right in your own family. What you choose may not be what I've chosen, but life is like that. We are all chugging along at our own pace, in our own universe, trying to make the best life we can.

Here's what's happening on the library scene

U.S. archivist in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD — David Ferriero, official archivist of the United States, will speak on Thursday at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum,

Studio Visit: Veronica Pham

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artis. Veronica Pham, a University of Illinois graduating senior in painting from Gurnee and Eden Prairie, Minn., recently chatted with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli.

What will you do now?

Getting Personal: Sami Anderson

Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Today, Sami Anderson, a 37-year-old Champaign lawyer, chats with The News-Gazette's Paul Wood. Anderson is leading the development of a blog titled Girlfriends in Caregiving, where short, humorous and inspiring stories from caregivers are shared.

Did you grow up around here?

A voice for her profession

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The first code blue for nurse Kati Kleber was rough.

The code browns, she soon learned, don't mean chocolate.

Faces of '15: High stakes, high rewards

FACES OF '15: Over the next two weeks, we'll introduce you to area natives who have achieved big things on their road to commencement.

Life Remembered: Swaney made friends instantly

PHILO — Spring is the time of year when the Philo Garage Club would be getting into full swing.

But in a cruel twist of fate, one of the founders of the social network of Philo fun folks will not be there to preside.