Mom of girl with genetic disorder starts group to aid families affected by rare diseases

CLINTON — Some people live long lives, but don't leave much behind to remember them.

With 2-year-old Mabel Larson, it stands to be the other way around.

The youngest child of Ramee and Daniel Larson of Clinton, Mabel has a heart-grabbing smile and a heart-breaking genetic disorder.

Studio Visit: Margaret O'Brien

Studio Visit appears first in print, in Sunday editions of The News-Gazette. Here, Melissa Merli visits with songwriter and musician Margaret O'Brien of Monticello. In the Aug. 19 newspaper, we'll have a visit with wood sculptor Rick Larimore of Urbana and Fairmount.

Q: How long have you been singing?

Getting Personal: Michael Markstahler

Getting Personal is an email Q&A with a local personality. Here, Paul Wood chats with 62-year-old Champaign resident Michael Markstahler, who has done much to preserve the character of local buildings. Getting Personal appears first in print, in the Sunday newspaper. In the Aug.

A Life Remembered: Dan Perrino stood for harmony

URBANA — Friends and fellow musicians remembered Dan Perrino as a man devoted to developing musical talent and a person who reached out to build goodwill in the community.

Mr. Perrino, 91, a longtime UI music professor, saxophonist and the founder of Medicare 7, 8 or 9 Dixieland jazz ensemble, died Friday morning in Urbana.

Mahomet 5K and Half Marathon August 18, 2012

A 5K and half marathon was held in Mahomet, Ill.  on Saturday, August 18, 2012.  All proceeds of the event go to the Mahomet Area Youth Club.

Heavenly Seven Back to School Giveaway 2012

The: Heavenly Seven had their 5th Annual Back To School Give Away at the Urbana Neighborhood Connections Center  in Urbana Saturday August 18, 2012.  

Champaign police seeking information on missing 13-year-old

The Champaign Police Department is asking for the public's help in finding a 13-year-old reported missing Thursday.

Authorities are looking for Jamona K. Collier, who was last seen at 2 p.m. last Tuesday. Her grandfather reported her missing Thursday and said she left home without permission.

Sam Banks focusing on rebuilding connections with community

CHAMPAIGN — In his first weeks of leading the Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club, Sam Banks is thinking a lot about rebuilding connections.

This Champaign agency serving local kids needs a strong link to the local community and "we've lost some of that," he says.

Finson 'humbled' to become judge

MONTICELLO — William Hugh Finson did not have to leave Monticello to fulfill his dreams.

The 64-year old attorney and lifelong local resident was named Sixth Judicial Court judge last month.

Studio Visit: 'Lumiere Brothers' Scott Aigner and Derek Clem

Studio Visit appears first in print, in Sunday editions of The News-Gazette. Here, Melissa Merli visits with Scott Aigner and Derek Clem, the Lumiere Brothers. In the Aug. 12 newspaper, we'll have a visit with songwriter and musician Margaret O'Brien of Monticello.