Life Remembered: UI piano prof beloved for how much he cared

Remember the nightmarish music teacher whom J.K. Simmons portrayed in "Whiplash," winning an Academy Award as a result?

University of Illinois Professor Reid Alexander, who specialized in piano pedagogy — teaching others how to teach piano — was the exact opposite of that character.

Church planning annual community dinner

CHAMPAIGN — First Christian Church is once again hosting a Community Christmas Dinner on Dec. 25 for people who would otherwise be alone or without a special holiday meal to share on Christmas Day. The church is located at 3601 South Staley Road, Champaign. Appetizers will be served at 12:30 p.m., with a traditional, sit-down dinner at 1 p.m.

Top of the morning, Dec. 4, 2015

The folks at Danville's WITY (980-AM) like Christmas music. And they like to promote area schools. They have found a way to do both.

For the 22nd consecutive year, WITY will air "12 Days of Christmas Programs."

EXCLUSIVE: Held at gunpoint, brothers live to tell their story

MAHOMET — Along with his older brother Jim, Will DuVall had just been held hostage at gunpoint Monday in a vacant apartment by a man on the run from law enforcement. And in an effort to save his brother's life and his own, Will offered the man wielding the shotgun his 1997 Ford Ranger as a means to get away.

Just 1 question: Why can't 'run like a girl' also mean 'win the race?'

Why can't "run like a girl" also mean "win the race"?

Area history, Dec. 3, 2015

Today is Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Notes-Worthy: Eric Carter

C.U. Bands and Fans' Terry Brown chats with Eric Carter.

How and when did you enter the music scene here in C-U?

Well, I've been in bands all my life for the most part but I didn't start playing in the C-U till around 2010 after I moved back here from Tucson, Ariz.

Jarboe chosen to lead corn growers group

LODA — Jeff Jarboe will be spending much of his time over the next year away from the corn and soybean farm he operates northwest of Paxton with his father, Jim, and younger brother, Phil.

But the family farm will always be on his mind.

Top of the morning, Dec. 3, 2015

Tiny Potomac (pop: 738) is beaming with Christmas spirit thanks to its first Adopt A Lightpole project.

Angie Washburn, recently retired after 30 years as a second-grade teacher at Potomac Elementary, tossed out the idea and downtown businesses responded in a big way, turning State Street into Vermilion County's version of Candlestick Lane.

Show of support

CHAMPAIGN — As thick snowflakes fell throughout Wednesday's 70-minute black revolution rally on the UI Quad, organizers welcomed the overcast skies and chilly temperatures.