'We just hunkered down'

CHAMPAIGN — Michael Comet of Champaign was a short trek away from the Mount Everest base camp when a massive earthquake rocked Nepal on April 25.

As part of a tour group, he had hiked to a small village, Gorak Shep, just a few kilometers south of the camp.

Faces of '15: 'I just wanted to change my life'

FACES OF '15: Over the next two weeks, we'll introduce you to area natives who have achieved big things on their road to commencement.

CHAMPAIGN — By day, she's a full-time student closing in on her bachelor's degree in anthropology at Illinois State.

By night, she's a full-time assistant team leader at Lincoln's Challenge Academy, a quasi-military school in Rantoul.

Aiming to save a sport

DANVILLE — For Meredith Black, few things have compared to being named the top female archer at the state tournament this spring.

The Schlarman Academy junior is excited to compete in the national archery tournament in Louisville, Ky., today. But the feeling is tinged with the sadness of knowing she and her teammates may never compete again.

Lincoln enthusiast pays visit to Ford's Theatre

MONTICELLO — For Christopher Cody, it was the "dream of all dreams" — spending 36 straight hours inside Washington's Ford's Theatre with fellow Abraham Lincoln enthusiasts.

"I just pretty much parked there for the night," the Monticello man said. "I got there at 7 o'clock on the 14th and left after the 11 o'clock performance on the 15th."

Notes-Worthy: Laura Howard of the Rodeo Club

Terry Brown of CU Bands and Fans talks with Laura Howard of the Rodeo Club at the University of Illinois. The Orange and Blue Rodeo Roundup for Wounded Warrior Project was held May 2 at the Champaign County Fairgrounds in Urbana.

What exactly is the Orange and Blue Rodeo Roundup?

Making the rounds

There's more to being a school nurse these days than slapping on Band-Aids and handing out ice packs.

Area history, May 7, 2015

Today is Thursday, May 7, 2015 Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1915: The fate of Carboy Davis, accused in the murder of Jesse Tucker, rests in the hands of 12 men. Eyewitness Delbert Stull testified that the shooting took place at 504 N. Walnut St. after an argument between the two men, who are both members of the Lathers union.

Top of the morning, May 7, 2015

— I had the pleasure to interact with a lively Monticello Rotary crowd Wednesday. My next stop: Arthur in early June.

If you would like someone from The News-Gazette — editors, writers, photographers — to talk shop, email me at jrossow@news-gazette. We enjoy getting the word out.

Illinois Ancestors: Webinar will focus on city directories

The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) continues to offer free educational sessions on the Internet called webinars and the next one is scheduled for 8 p.m. May 12. Titled "Need Directions?

Younger Generation: Celebrating the achievements of young adults

Lending a hand

Six members of the Urbana chapter of the Future Farmers of America student leadership group, in conjunction with the Champaign County Forest Preserve, helped remove invasive mustard garlic at the Middle Fork Area Forest Preserve.