We asked six area kids to write home after their first week of college:
Zakkori Johnson, a Champaign Central grad, is majoring in criminal justice at Michigan State University.
Dear friends and family,
Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Here, 28-year-old Urbana resident Austin McCann, the general manager of the Art Theater Co-op in downtown Champaign, chats with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli.
So ... what's new with you?
Singer, songwriter and guitarist Rosanne Cash, 59, was born in Memphis, the eldest daughter of country music legend Johnny Cash and his first wife, Vivian Liberto. She has recorded 15 albums, including two that were certified gold — "Seven Year Ache" (1981) and "King's Record Shop" ('87). Twenty-one of her songs were Top 40 country singles; 11 climbed to the No. 1 spot.
With $63,046,692 worth of grants awarded in July alone, you never know where you're going to find a University of Illinois researcher these days. This week, we asked 10 of them to tell us about the most interesting corner of the world where their work has taken them.
For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Bodnar, 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 Services of Champaign County.
Parham Parastaran could tell Crazy K stories for as long as it'd take someone to complete his 5K obstacle course at the Champaign County Fairgrounds. But the man behind next Saturday's popular fundraiser stops in his tracks when Team Danny is the topic.
"An inspiration," he said. "It made me feel great helping be a part of something so much bigger."
MAHOMET — School custodians typically work behind the scenes. But this fall, Mahomet-Seymour Junior High head custodian Don Rogers is in the spotlight.
Rogers is the recipient of a "Those Who Excel" award from the Illinois State Board of Education, selected for the honor after a nomination by MSJH administrators.
Draftee rose in rank, was hurt by shrapnel twice in same leg
Arlan McPherson thought his Army service was nearly over and he was returning to his job at a Champaign bank — and then World War II interfered with his plans.
CHAMPAIGN — Six-plus months after issuing that historic first license, signing up same-sex couples to be married has become "just become a normal part of the routine" for Gordy Hulten.
"And I think that was the intent of the law," the Champaign County Clerk said.