Radio station owner Neuhoff dies

DANVILLE — Members of the Neuhoff Media company are mourning the sudden loss of their chief executive officer, Geoff Neuhoff, who died suddenly over the weekend.

Mr. Neuhoff, 59, suffered a heart attack Sunday and died at a Boston hospital.

Getting Personal: Jan Simon


Studio Visit: Bill Longfellow

Studio Visit appears first in print, in Sunday editions of The News-Gazette. Here, Melissa Merli visits with Bill Longfellow, a sculptor and artist who also helped design Big Grove Tavern in downtown ChampaignIn the July 22 newspaper, we'll have a visit with Christopher Carl, an artist and graduate student in architecture.

Gearhead Jerry Johnson

Rantoul's Jerry Johnson of the Hot Rod & Hooligans Motor Club of Illinois has a variety of vehicles from motorcycles to cars to hearses.

Darrell Hoemann

Champaign County Fair 2012

Photos from the Champaign County Fair in Urbana July 20 through July 28, 2012.

United Way chief takes Carle Foundation post

URBANA — Lyn Jones, president and CEO of the United Way of Champaign County for five years, has resigned to take a new position as vice president of fund development for the Carle Development Foundation.

She will leave her job sometime in August, and a search committee is being formed to find her replacement, she said.

The development foundation is the fund-raising arm of Carle.

Life Remembered: Schleis recalled for expertise, wit, kindness

If there's a heaven, Thomas Schleis is there at the piano, accompanying the opera singer Maria Callas.

Mr. Schleis, a beloved lecturer, opera coach and opera manager at the University of Illinois, died at his home in Urbana on Wednesday afternoon. The Champaign County coroner attributed his death to natural causes. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Life Remembered: For Shonkwiler, 'law was his life'

URBANA — Those who knew him well would not be the least bit surprised that John Shonkwiler was on the phone last week in his hospital room with one of his bosses giving her his thoughts on who might replace him.

The Monticello man who had been a judge for 47 years died at 10:51 p.m. Wednesday at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, where he had been hospitalized since early May.

Shonkwiler, on bench since 1965, dies at 79

URBANA — Piatt County Circuit Judge John P. Shonkwiler of Monticello died Wednesday night at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana after a several-month long illness.

He was 79.

Mahomet man is tagging purple martins to see if they return

MAHOMET — It's just past 9 on a morning so hot that the sky feels like a hand pressing down. It's already the kind of day on which Mother Nature seems to sink into a lazy stupor.

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