A lovely tradition

DANVILLE — Dottie McLaughlin doesn't have to wait until Valentine's Day to get roses.

The Danville woman has been receiving a bouquet from her sweetheart and husband of 46 1/2 years, Don, every week since the summer of 1999.

The flowers aren't a standing order or something that Don simply phones in.

Local author will discuss latest work

A local author's new book is the focus of a talk sponsored by the Modern Greek Studies program at the University of Illinois.

UI graduate and novelist Peter T. Tomaras will read an excerpt from his recently published novel, "Innkeeper," and discuss the challenges of writing fiction.

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, Feb. 14, 2016

With florists' own Super Bowl today, we asked 10 of them: What's the most unique order you've ever taken?

KENT MILES, Illinois Willows, Seymour

Photo contest: Flashes of brilliance

This is the 15th year for the Champaign County Camera Club Best in Show Photographic Print Competition, and as always, it drew many entries — 507 to be exact — from amateur photographers in East Central Illinois.

For the retirees, Feb. 14-21, 2016

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Graves, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 48 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, phone 359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Service of Champaign County.

Ted Kooser: An American Life in Poetry, Feb. 14, 2016

By Ted Kooser/U.S. Poet Laureate, 2004-06

Tom Kacich: Rauner's recollections may be a little skewed

Gov. Bruce Rauner has an entertaining way of re-creating a conversation just the way he'd like it to be remembered. He did it last week when speaking to about 150 people at the Douglas County Republican Party's Lincoln Day dinner in Tuscola.

The subject was the Rauner administration's deadlocked contract negotiations with AFSCME, the union that represents about 38,000 state workers.

Alice B. McGinty: A few more award winners to enjoy

As promised, this column features the American Library Association's 2016 Newbery Medal winner, "Last Stop on Market Street" (2015, G.P. Putnam's Sons, written by Matt de la Pea, illustrated by Christian Robinson, ages 3-7).

Kelly Strom: Titles to celebrate Black History Month

If you're looking for some reading to round out your celebration of Black History Month, then I have some titles for you. There are a lot to choose from, so I'll just give you a quick review of each one.

Getting Personal: Phillip W. Edwards

Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Here, 49-year-old Savoy resident Phillip W. Edwards, Urbana's fire marshal, chats with The News-Gazette's Paul Wood.

How did you become a firefighter? Do you have a military background?