Getting Personal: Phil Strang

Getting Personal is an email Q&A with a local personality. Here, Paul Wood talks with Phil Strang, manager of the Foellinger Auditorium on the University of Illinois camps, longtime owner of Record Service, and a painter. Getting Personal appears first in print, on Sundays.

Studio Visit: Karen Gottlieb

Studio Visit appears first in print, in Sunday editions of The News-Gazette. Here, Melissa Merli visits with artist Karen Gottlieb. Studio Visit appears first in print, in Sunday editions. In the June 24 newspaper, we'll have a visit with ceramic artist Tammie Rubin. 

Learning the ABCs of considerate couponing

Dear Jill,

I wish someone would write a "Rules for Couponing" list that definitively says what is right and wrong to do.

Lifeguards credited with saving 5-year-old in Danville

DANVILLE — It was something lifeguard Montana Schnelle spent hours training for, but never thought she'd have to do — save someone from drowning.

But city officials said last week, Schnelle and five other young lifeguards at the Danville Municipal Pool saved the life of a 5-year-old boy, who had sunk to the bottom of the pool and stopped breathing.

Second Thies as president is a first for bar association

URBANA — Urbana attorney John Thies has been installed as president of the 33,000-member Illinois State Bar Association, occupying an office held by his father, Richard, 26 years ago.

It's the first time the association has had a father and son serve as president, even though the U.S. has had two father-son duos — the Adamses and Bushes — in the Oval Office.

Vermilion County farmer heading to Cuba

FITHIAN — Vermilion County's Kevin Green will be one of 18 farmers heading to Cuba later this month as part of an Illinois Farm Bureau delegation.

"I've always wanted to go to Cuba," Green said Monday, noting he has already traveled to other Central American countries and can "get by" with his knowledge of Spanish.

14th annual poker run set for July 7

DANVILLE — The Danville firefighters' International Association of Firefighters Local 429 and the Friendly Tavern are sponsoring their 14th poker run on July 7, with proceeds from the event going to help local veterans.

Danville board to vote on naming alternative school for war hero

DANVILLE — The Danville school district's alternative education program will move into a new home this fall, and it could get a new name as well.

Program staff is recommending that the alternative school be named after Medal of Honor recipient Major Kenneth D. Bailey.

Rantoul youth follows father's bike tracks

When young William Storm of Rantoul found out that his father, Dave, had raced BMX bicycles in his teens and finished second in the state in 1985, he decided he'd like to follow in his father's footsteps. Or in this case, his bike tracks.

Nine-year-old William has done his father one better. He not only won the state, he won the Midwest championships.

Getting Personal: Lindsey Gates-Markel

Getting Personal is an email Q&A with a local personality. Here, Melissa Merli visits with Lindsey Gates-Markel, a copy editor at Wolfram Research and a freelance editor. Getting Personal appears first in print, on Sundays. In the June 17 newspaper, we'll have a visit with Phil Strang, the facility manager at Foellinger Auditorium.   

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