AUDIO: blind broadcaster turning heads in sports world

A Western Illinois University graduate student has a love for sports and sports broadcasting, but he sees things from a different perspective than others do. WDWS reporter Michael Kiser got a chance to speak to him at the Illini men's basketball game on Wednesday night and has this report.

Hear Kiser's full interview with Bryce Weiler:

Candidate duo hopes you'll like both Kathys

CHAMPAIGN — They stood in line in the cold together to file for candidacy. Both moved to Champaign from Boston about 12 years ago. They're both centering their campaigns on improving transparency, and they even share a first name.

Why not elect a couple school board members who exhibit some camaraderie?

Area history: Jan. 8, 2015

Today is Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1915: Senate Bill 1 was introduced in the Legislature yesterday. It provides an emergency appropriation of $1 million to reimburse residents of the state for financial losses suffered through the ravages of the hoof and mouth disease among livestock.

Cold won't stop them

Meet three tough cookies with whom no one in his right mind would want to trade jobs.

Don Shunk

AT&T electronics specialist

Frank's Faves, Jan. 8, 2015

Write what I know, they tell me, and this week what I know is that spending vacation time over New Year's with a 72-hour stomach virus is no way to celebrate.

OK, that's not exactly a revelation, but it did inspire this week's list of faves, which I like to call:

Top of the morning: Jan. 8, 2015

Under the category of "Jobs To Avoid When It's -10 Outside," parking supervisor ranks up there.

"Yeah, I would say it's tough," Mike Ellars said Wednesday as he prepared for a frigid night roaming State Farm Center lots in his golf cart. "When we get 8 inches of snow it's not that bad compared to when it's really cold."

My Amish Home: Thoughts of family members fill new year

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you." 1 Peter 1: 3-4.

'No way this is real'

URBANA — For two months, Travis Webb has lived with a woman he doesn't remember marrying, in a house he has no recollection of becoming their home.

He's reintroduced himself to people he's told are his close friends, though he didn't recognize them.

Meg Makes: I eat well with a little help from my friends

If you're looking for a warm dinner this month that's also decently healthy, I've got just the thing for you, thanks to a friend's husband.

Area history, Jan. 7, 2015

Today is Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago: