Wired In: Ryan Shelton

On Sundays, staff writer Paul Wood spotlights a high-tech difference maker. This week, meet Ryan Shelton, 32, CEO of PhotoniCare, which was founded in 2013 to improve patient care, equipping physicians with better diagnostic tools developed at a bioengineering research lab here.

Studio Visit: Guen Montgomery

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist; this week, with Guen Montgomery, 31, of Urbana. The clinical assistant professor of art in the University of Illinois School of Art + Design recently chatted with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli.

Top of the morning, Nov. 22, 2015

There will be more local flavor at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade than just the Marching Illini.

Champaign's C.J. Sizemore — a Colonel Sanders lookalike — will be atop the KFC float, a move that surely will help NBC's ratings.

"I have 25 first-cousins," he said, "and I'm sure they'll all be tuned in. I have a lot of friends in Champaign interested as well."

Area history, Nov. 21, 2015

In 1915, the contract for the excavation of the basement and the construction of the foundation for the new five-story Robeson Building at Randolph and Church streets has been awarded to English Brothers. They will commence their operations on Monday, at which time 15 teams will start moving the dirt. The excavation will be the largest in the Twin Cities.

Weekend planner: Festival of Trees

The Junior League of Champaign-Urbana's major fundraiser, Festival of Trees, continues today and Sunday at the Hilton Garden Inn, featuring 25 themed trees, 16 wreaths and gift baskets. Some of the trees and wreaths are decorated by local businesses and others by Junior League members. While most are winter- or Christmas-themed, some are more fun, as festival chairwoman Allie Teagarden put it.

Religion calendar, Nov. 20-28, 2015

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Area history, Nov. 20, 2015

In 1915, Illinois is again the conference champion in football. The Illini defeated Chicago, 10-0. An estimated 25,000 people attended the game at Stagg Field in Chicago.

Denman, Meyer set to join Danville High's Wall of Fame

Not long after Mark Denman took over as Danville High School's principal, he revived the school's Wall of Fame to honor distinguished alumni — and show students that they could find success beyond high school and make significant contributions in their profession or their community.

He never dreamed that one day he would be one of the honorees.

Just 1 Question: How has Arcola's music department helped you grow as a musician?

The school music program in the heart of Amish country is making history.

Fourteen members of the Arcola Junior and Senior High School music department have been invited to perform at Saturday's Illinois Music Education Association District 5 Festival at Eastern Illinois University.

Rantoul bridal store has even more to celebrate

RANTOUL — For Janet Brotherton, operating a downtown Rantoul bridal shop has been a source of pride for a decade.

She now has a plaque from the Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce recognizing her efforts.

Chamber leaders named Lindsey Lane Bridal as the organization's 2015 Business of the Year.