Military News: Huls promoted to commander

Dr. Mark Huls was promoted to the rank of commander in the United States Navy Reserves this month. He serves as the Officer in Charge of a Program 9 Detachment under the 4th Marine Logistics Group supporting the mission of Marine Corps Readiness throughout the Midwest.

Melissa Merli: Local artist sending works to Springfield

If you've ever visited the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library, you know it doesn't have much space to exhibit original and other art, other than the small Illinois Gallery.

But that doesn't prevent artists from donating their works to the museum and library, as Champaign artist Siti Mariah Jackson recently did.

Reluctant Townie: Art scene heating up around my house

I have been using my kid's artwork to start the grill all summer. It makes perfect kindling — it is plentiful, slow-burning and I think that the nontoxic, washable colors add an interesting flavor note to the taste palate.

Top of the Morning, June 29, 2014

The stories should flow like maple syrup at the Aunt Sonya's reunion over Labor Day weekend.

Tom's Mailbag June 27, 2014

Plenty of good comments and questions in this week's mailbag concerning Armory Avenue repaving, video gambling, Champaign school district polling, doubts about MTD ridership numbers, the old Danville Dodgers and the integration of baseball, the "new" News-Gazette and sports longshots.

Special Olympics honors Reitmeier

ST. JOSEPH — Marie Reitmeier is a mom and a grandma, and for helping countless Special Olympians reach their potential as athletes over the past three decades, she's also being honored as a hero.

Area history, June 28, 2014

Today is Saturday, June 28, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Top of the Morning, June 28, 2014

At 6-foot-1, Callie Jo McFarland doesn't do Corvettes.

"I'm too tall," she said, "unless it's a convertible."

So she'll comfortably watch the parade of hot rods from her perch in Monticello's town square when the Bloomington Gold show rolls into town tonight.

"I don't mind living vicariously through other drivers," she said.

Corvettes in town: 'I always wanted one'

CHAMPAIGN — All the pristine 1960s Corvettes brought Memorial Stadium back Friday, back to a time when everything was candy red, sparkly and shiny, when the 'Vettes and the 'Stangs were wonders upon the earth, when there was horsepower to spare and gas sold for 39 cents a gallon.

'A fitting tribute to Amy'

DANVILLE — When barrel riders take the arena, they know to put their game face on.

But many who came to compete at the Vermilion County fairgrounds on Thursday evening couldn't hold back their tears when officials renamed the arena in memory of fellow rider Amy Hawker.