Alison-Willie tour back on schedule

May was not a pretty month for the Alison Krauss/Willie Nelson super-tour, but June is looking better.

May saw two cancellations and several reschedulings. June dates have not been rescheduled as of yet. (The tour doesn't have Champaign on its itinerary.)

Reluctant Townie: More adventures from Music City

And now for the death-defying conclusion to last week's cliffhanger, "Reluctant Townie Goes to Nashville ... and Doesn't Pack His Cooler Properly":

C-U Haiku, June 1, 2014

Edited by Lee Gurga/For The News-Gazette

While I was shaving

the cardinal's red razor flew

Slashing the oak leaves

— Dane Richardson, Champaign

For the retirees, June 1-8, 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.

Top of the Morning, June 1, 2014

Little League baseball is celebrating its 75th anniversary (check out Parade magazine that comes with today's paper). The sport once thrived in Champaign-Urbana, nearly 50 teams competing for the prestigious Twin City title in the late 1960s. For a peek at the glory days, we asked three longtime Little Leaguers to stroll down Memory Lane.

'Hope, grace and redemption'

Erika Harold, Urbana High '97 and Miss America '03, will deliver her alma mater's commencement speech today:

The thing I remember most about my own commencement is ... singing with the Urbana High School choir during the ceremony — and the nostalgic realization that it was the last time I would ever have the opportunity to do so.

Senior took roundabout path to Urbana graduation

For her senior year, Cara Cazier had one injured ankle, two proms on separate continents and one very big senior trip.

Not necessarily the way she'd planned it, but this daughter of missionaries seems to enjoy a bit of unpredictability.

'Cemetery crawl' pursues history

BEMENT — For Angie Johnson, a cemetery is much more than a place to bury the dead. It's a treasure trove of information where history can be found and unique stories told.

Pink Power Mom nominations open

Nominations are being accepted for Pink Power Mom, a national program that honors eight women who have a personal connection to breast cancer and are role models to their families and communities.

Protect yourself: Shred your past

CHAMPAIGN — It's almost like eating your vegetables, according to Eva Velasquez.

Except shredding documents is something you do to maintain good fiscal health.