Updated: Grey named to lead United Way

Updated 9:15 p.m. Thursday.

CHAMPAIGN— The United Way of Champaign County has a new president and chief executive officer.

The organization's board of directors appointed Sue Grey at a special meeting on Thursday.

Ex-CEO of Argus takes helm of Silicon Valley firm

SAVOY — The former president of Argus Systems Group in Savoy has taken a new job as president and chief executive officer of a company based in Silicon Valley.

Andrew Jones has taken the helm of Orchestral Networks, a Redwood City, Calif.-based company that develops software for wireless network providers.

John Frayne: A fond, fitting farewell for an icon in the UI School of Music

On Oct. 21, a series of events occurred in memory of Thomas H. Schleis, who died July 18.

Tom, as he was universally known, was for more than a generation one of the most important persons associated with the Opera Program at the University of Illinois, as well as an influential vocal coach to a myriad of singers who has passed through the UI School of Music.

Ameren sending more workers to help with aftermath of Sandy

ST. LOUIS — Ameren will send another wave of workers to the East Coast to help repair downed power lines and other damage left in the trail of superstorm Sandy.

The local electricity and gas utility earlier this week had already sent 550 Ameren workers to Somerset and Lawrenceville, N.J., to assist the utility workers there.

C-U Haiku

Leaf, too

Doesn't know

Where it will fall

— Suharsh Sivakumar, Champaign

Safety tips for Halloween

Tips for keeping your trick-or-treaters safe:

— Never send young children out alone.

— Walk with younger children to the door to receive their treats.

— Plan your route around familiar neighborhoods with well-lit streets.

— Kids should wear bright, flame-retardant costumes so they can easily seen in the dark.

Ted Kooser: American life in poetry

I'm not alone in noticing how time accelerates as we grow older, and as the seasons grow ever more brief, the holidays are gone in a wink. This poem by Nancy Price about Halloween catches a little of that. She's an Iowan whose poems are so heartfelt, clear and useful that we could run them every week and none of you would complain.

Trick or Treat

The ghost is a torn sheet,

Life Remembered: Gordon Hannagan larger than life

GIFFORD — Larger than life, loquacious, highly competitive.

Those are some of the words used to describe Gordon Hannagan, noted auctioneer, active in quarter horse breeding and developer of Gordyville USA event center in northern Champaign County.

Mr. Hannagan died Oct. 19 at Provena Covenant Medical Center in Urbana. He was 81.

Illinois Ancestors: Genealogists face many challenges

Genealogists soon discover that tracing one's ancestors can be a challenging project. Facing dead ends or brick walls are obstacles to be expected but are usually far outweighed by pleasant findings and often surprising discoveries. Some personal examples seem appropriate.

My Amish home: Taking advantage of rare October warm spell


"He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much; and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much." Luke 16:10

We are having a warm spell. Personally, I wouldn't care if it would spell us on past January, then get nice. But yes, we need cold and snow. Rain isn't so bad if it's not cold and overly windy.