Look ahead: Top picks from Melissa Merli for the week to come

Checking out 'The Prophet'

Reluctant Townie: Lessons learned from last week's column

Last week, I wrote a column titled "The new Jared Fogle Diet" that broke The News-Gazette website.

Hurricane Katrina: 'It touched our hearts'

Ten years ago, hundreds of lives were lost and tens of thousands were forever changed by a Category 3 hurricane named Katrina. Among the many who helped Louisianans, Mississippians and Alabamans get back on their feet: a Monticello mayor, a Danville couple, a team of Champaign firefighters and members of an Urbana church.

These are their stories.

Letter from Birdland: On the lookout for Monarchs

It's refreshingly cool in Birdland, and we have flung the windows open. It feels more like October than August, and that's all right with me.

Ask 'Mimi,' Aug. 30, 2015

Whatever happened to drummer Michael Powers, who was being treated for colon cancer last year?

Business listings, Aug. 30, 2015

These applications for assumed business names were filed recently with the Champaign County clerk's office:

Back to the Basics and Beyond, 1913 Scottsdale Drive, C, Tyra Browning, same address.

Champaign Estate Sales, 610 W. Springfield Ave., Unit #4, C, Whitney Pope, same address.

Greg Maxson Illustration, 116 W. Florida Ave., U, Greg Maxson, same address.

For the retirees, Aug. 30-Sept. 6, 2015

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Graves, 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 Service of Champaign County.

Studio Visit: Kemal Nance

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Here, Kemal Nance, a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Illinois in African-American studies and a lecturer for Dance at Illinois, chats with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli.

Are you teaching this semester?

It's Your Business: Vet plans to pedal to treat pets

Katie Fanning of Urbana is one veterinarian who doesn't mind making house calls.

And if you and your pet happen to live in Champaign-Urbana, don't be surprised if she pedals her bicycle to your home.

Fanning, 29, is launching Vet on Wheels, a mobile veterinary practice, on the day after Labor Day.

Top of the morning, Aug. 30, 2015

The first orange blazer Lou Henson ordered was a 40 long, 100 percent polyester, cost $175 and led to a bunch of crazy looks.

That was a long time ago.

"Lou never hesitated from the get-go," said Terry Clark, who was there in the late '70s when Henson first did business with Delbert's in Arthur. "He embraced the notion of orange. He got orange mania going."