Thies reflects on year as bar association president

URBANA — John Thies can be forgiven if he appears a bit tired.

The 50-year-old member of a venerated third-generation Urbana law firm — Webber & Thies — just finished a term as president of the Illinois State Bar Association that produced a mind-numbing amount of work.

Former local prosecutor new head of lawyer group

A Chicago attorney who got her start as a Champaign County prosecutor has been named the 137th president of the Illinois State Bar Association.

Paula Hudson Holderman was installed on June 21 at the organization's annual meeting.

Fireworks over State Farm Center

A brief video of some of the Champaign County Freedom Celebration fireworks on the University of Illinois campus on July 4, 2013.

Centenarian: I've been so blessed

WESTVILLE — DeAnna "Dee" Latoz thought only a few people would show up for her mother's birthday open house on Tuesday.

After all, most of Mollie Latoz's friends as well as her long-time customers are gone. But a steady stream of well-wishers came over two hours to greet Mollie on her 100th birthday.

Foran graduates from Naval Academy

Navy Ensign Matthew C. Foran, son of Rebecca M. Henson of Monticello and Charles E. Foran of Bement, recently graduated from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., and was commissioned to his current rank.

Danville Y hires new leader

DANVILLE — The Danville Family YMCA board has hired a new chief executive officer from the Canton, Ohio, area.

Mike Brown, the former executive director of the Eric Snow YMCA in Canton, Ohio, will become the Danville Family YMCA's executive director Aug. 12, according to an announcement Tuesday from YMCA Board Chairman David George.

Getting Personal: Douglas Nelson

Each week, we offer an email Q&A with a local personality. Today, Melissa Merli chats with 56-year-old Champaign resident Douglas Nelson, a massage therapist, the owner of BodyWork Associates, a continuing neuromuscular therapy education provider for NMT Midwest and the author of "The Mystery of Pain."

What time do you typically get up?

Students will be new superintendent's focus

URBANA — In the weeks that led up to the official end of the Urbana school year, Don Owen was both mentally and physically preparing for his new job as the school district's superintendent.

He'll start the job Monday.

Studio Visit: Ian Gindes

Studio visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Here, Melissa Merli chats with pianist Ian Gindes, who will play next weekend with the Urbana Pops Orchestra.

Business and professional briefs June 30, 2013

New jobs

Emergency services director named. Registered nurse Staci Sutton has joined Presence Covenant Medical Center, Urbana, as director of emergency services.