Magazine honoring Forty Under 40

Central Illinois Business magazine, published by The News-Gazette, has announced the winners of its sixth annual Forty Under 40 Awards.

Melissa Merli: Young actress thinking big

Former Champaign girl who's been in four films eager to fulfill dreams

I recently saw "Fruitvale Station," with the added bonus of meeting in person one of its stars.

Youngsters bringing passion for music to new, growing group

URBANA — Jack Reeder laughs at the idea of being called maestro — even though he conducts the new St. Pat's Youth Orchestra.

"I'm certainly not there yet," said Jack, who despite his protests seems confident, unruffled and mature beyond his 16 years when he's at the podium.

Letter from Birdland: Surrounded by love on the road to recovery

Birdland is unseasonably cool and green. April in July? I'll take it. I can always put on a sweater. We've had a fair bit of rain too, and it would be so delightful to sit in the garden pulling weeds, only I can't. In fact, I've spent the last several days in the house, despite the lovely mild weather.

Polytrauma team offers new lease on life

By Katie Weber

New dean named for Veterinary Medicine at UI

URBANA — A veterinarian who started his academic career at the University of Illinois will return to be the new dean in 2014.

The university has hired Peter Constable, the current head of the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at Purdue University, to be the dean of the UI College of Veterinary Medicine.

Burgess post office designation passes Senate

The naming of a Champaign post office after a former Champaign County State's Attorney is one step closer to becoming a reality.

The U.S. Senate passed legislation on Thursday night to designate the post office at 302 East Green Street as the James R. Burgess Junior Post Office Building.  The measure now goes to the House for consideration.

VA director leaving Danville

DANVILLE — The director of the Veterans Affairs Illiana Health Care System based in Danville is leaving for a new post in Lexington.

Director Emma Metcalf has accepted the director's position at the Lexington VA Medical Center, effective Aug. 25, according to a news release Thursday from VA. Metcalf became the Illiana director on March 11, 2012.

Marine veteran returns to Korea

MONTICELLO — As a Marine serving in Korea in 1952, Sam McPheeters almost didn't make it home.

The lifelong Monticello resident will always remember getting the call for a major mission the night before he was scheduled to head back to the United States.

His last battle ended up being an unsuccessful effort to take "The Hook," a hilly area northwest of Seoul.

Illinois Ancestors: Introduce kids to genealogy

Many genealogists begin their hunt for ancestors when older family members are no longer available to provide some basic clues.