Getting Personal: Brian Moody

Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Here, 41-year-old Tuscola resident Brian Moody, the executive director of Tuscola Economic Development Inc., chats with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli.

It's Your Business: Quilting shop comes to Savoy

Farm Ridge, a quilting shop that carries fabrics, sewing machines and more, is coming to Savoy.

The business, owned by Deb Heater of rural Urbana, plans to occupy one of the buildings on the out-lot in front of the Wal-Mart Supercenter.

A grand opening is planned for Feb. 23, said Steve Heater, Deb's husband and business manager.

Letter from Birdland: Some cold, hard facts about snow

Birdland is frigid. For the past week, I've found one small, blue egg in the nest box each day. The Auracana pullets must be laying. But today's egg has frozen to bust out of its shell in one long crack. Yesterday's egg was like that too. I bring them in and put them into a small dish. Today, I will bake something that calls for two eggs.

Look back: Highlights from Melissa Merli on the week that was

Look back: Highlights from Melissa Merli on the week that was

Hopped over to Bunny's

Place for work and play

DANVILLE — Carol Gats remembers the field trip she and her first-grade classmates took to her family farm — even though it took place six decades ago.

Q&A with Phyllis Wise

What would you like to ask the chancellor? Ask it here

CHAMPAIGN — The past year was not an easy one for University of Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise, starting with personal attacks on Twitter for her decision not to cancel classes one bitter day in January 2014.

Area history, Jan. 25, 2015

Today is Sunday, Jan. 25, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Dan Corkery: Pioneering spirit behind corn ethanol

Next time you go the gas station and see "contains 10 percent ethanol" on the pump, think of Fred Werts.

The former Sidney farmer and businessman who died last Tuesday at 92 was a determined advocate for "gasohol" — blending gasoline with grain alcohol derived from corn — more than 25 years before Congress passed the first Renewable Fuel Standard in 2005.

Studio Visit: Chris Hightower

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Here, Chris Hightower chats with Melissa Merli. Hightower, 31, of Danville jokes that he's a "mild-mannered teacher by day" at the Kenneth D. Bailey Academy in Danville and a "dirty-mouthed comic by night." 

Here's what's happening on the comedy scene

Get ready to laugh in Danville on Saturday

Five area comedians will perform at the Pop Goes the Culture Show at 8 p.m. Saturday at Vintage Villains, 126 N. Vermilion St., Danville.