Sandra Mason: Take the purple plunge

Add more color to our diet. Eat our veggies. I doubt chocolate brown and potato-chip beige are what dietitians have in mind. Dark green, red, orange and even purple vegetables are more than willing to do their part to provide color. Eggplant is not the only veggie with a preponderance of purple. Many other vegetables present passage into the passion for purple.

Area update: Champaign considers rules for 'pedal pubs'

CHAMPAIGN — The regulations for so-called "pedal pubs" in Champaign have been laid out and will be considered by the city council on Tuesday night.

Area history, March 5, 2016

Today is Saturday, March 5, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 an 15 years ago:

Catlin weighs tavern's Sunday request

CATLIN — A request from a tavern owner in Catlin has officials in the Vermilion County village considering joining the majority of area communities in allowing Sunday alcohol sales.

Top of the morning, March 5, 2016

They're not quite at Picasso's level yet, but it's clear the men and women of Urbana's Clark-Lindsey Village have artistic flair.

Mary Annin is 95 and just coming into her own. "I'd never done art before," she said. "But the purpose was good."

Tom's #Mailbag, March 4, 2016

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Area history, March 4, 2016

Today is Friday, March 4, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1916: The Champaign High School basketball team finished its season last night by showing a burst of speed and swamped the Danville five on Danville's floor, 24-12. The game throughout looked easy for the Maroons and tense moments were few.

What's in a name? Mattis Avenue

From the north end of town to the south end, Mattis Avenue is home to some of Champaign's more identifiable establishments. There's the High School of St. Thomas More on the north side, the Carle facility at the south end with the Kraft plant and a Christie Clinic situated in between.

Q&A: Urbana firefighter of the year

JEFF ORR's fascination with firefighting started around the time kids learn their A-B-Cs. "If there was a fire in Monticello, I would head to the site and watch what the firefighters did," he says.

Top of the morning, March 4, 2016

We can say we knew him when.

Long before he established himself as a local television personality, Bret Beherns worked as a part-time reporter for The News-Gazette, covering high school games as a stringer.

Now 28, Beherns is all grown up. On Wednesday, WCIA promoted Beherns to the sports director position.

"I'm excited," Beherns said.