From modems to the cloud, company adapts

CHAMPAIGN — When Prominic.NET won the Innovation Longevity Award at this year's Innovation Celebration, it marked 16 years in business for the company — and an even longer run for Justin Hill.

Hill, the company's chief technology officer, was a partner in a business selling modems while in high school. Later, the focus of that business changed to software.

Melissa Merli: 'Small-town life' brought Hatchadoorian to Urbana

City's public arts coordinator settling in to new position

Talk about transplanting yourself!

Lisa Hatchadoorian, the new public arts coordinator for the city of Urbana, grew up in a suburb of Wilmington, Del., went to college in Virginia, and lived in New York City and Casper, Wy., and then back in New York before coming here last month.

Studio Visit: Ron McDaniel

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Here, a chat with Ron McDaniel of Danville, the editor at Caert Inc. in Danville who has been active in community theater for more than 50 years.

Q: Tell me about this award you just won.

Voices -- Joseph Bauers: 'He must have just snapped!' -- and other delusions

The only time I ever fired a gun was with my friend Jim on his family farm. He had suggested that we make a little foray into the woods on the edge of a cornfield, where we could shoot away. Jim was recovering from a divorce, so I figured he had a desire to take out his frustrations on Mother Nature. The weapon was a small handgun, the caliber of which I do not know.

Cubs calling up area 100-year-old for Opening Day

Lifelong Chicago Cubs fan and former Buckley and Loda resident Louie Reinhart is gearing up for the game of his life on Friday, the Cubs' home opener.

For the retirees, March 30-April 6, 2014

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Bodnar, 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 Services of Champaign County.

Letter from Birdland: Indianapolis Trail connects city, nature

I'm walking on the Indianapolis Cultural Trail next to the Indiana State Museum. I'm here for the 4C's Convention, a professional conference, where I'm meeting colleagues from around the nation, learning some tricks from a variety of English teachers, listening to research findings, and sharing experiences. It's a sunny day, so I'm taking a little time between sessions to walk.

Reluctant Townie: Video game reflexes vital in winter driving

I would like to think that every video game I have ever played in my life has been part of the universe's larger plan to prepare me for driving on the roads of Illinois this winter.

Abuse suffered as foster child haunts woman, inspires autobiography

GIFFORD — Mother Teresa called it the greatest disease in the West — to be unwanted, unloved and uncared for. Angie Fry and her twin brother David knew that and worse. Far worse.

The children were born in a London prison to parents who were addicted to heroin. They had to be weaned off the drug and were adopted as foster children at 5 months of age.

As Jeopardy turns 50, contestants recall appearance

The category: TV game shows.

The clue: This iconic show averages 25 million viewers each week, has won a record 30 Daytime Emmy Awards and counts Michelle Obama, Bill Clinton and Danica Patrick among its clue presenters.

If you answered, "What is Jeopardy?" you are correct.