Melissa Merli: We could use more shows at research park

Can't we have more concerts at the University of Illinois Research Park?

The natural amphitheater, nestled between red-brick buildings, is just perfect for sound and atmosphere, and the two Outside at the Research Park concerts there this summer have drawn record crowds.

The scene is so mellow, and concertgoers all seem to be in a good collective mood and enjoying themselves.

Gearhead of the Week: Dan McGuire

Driver's license

Name: Dan McGuire

Age: 69

Residence: Gibson City

Occupation: retired from Clinton Power Plant; owner of McGuire Tool and Die

How long I've been a gearhead: "Probably as soon as I was big enough to know what a car was."

John Roska: Agreed-upon divorce can be smoother

Q: One of your columns said it's possible to get divorced without the other spouse signing anything, or cooperating. But what if both spouses cooperate? If everything's agreed upon, how can they make it go smoother or faster?

A: Cooperation can definitely make a divorce go smoother and faster. Not necessarily cheaper, but easier.

CUTC co-founder Doyle presented award

URBANA — The Champaign-Urbana Theatre Company recently presented a lifetime achievement award to Leonard Doyle of Champaign.

At the CUTC board meeting last week, the board gave Doyle The Guiding Light Award for his "unwavering vision and passion and his extraordinary dedication and service," said new board chair Sandra Jones.

EMA leaders prepare for disasters

URBANA — When severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, floods, ice storms or blizzards threaten Champaign County, two military veterans are ready to provide leadership to respond to emergency situations and protect lives and property.

Champaign Music Festival

Images from the Champaign Music Festival 2013 featuring three stages and 10 musical groups on Saturday, July 20, 2013.

Urbana to praise citizens for help solving crimes

URBANA — Anthony Costello said when he heard a woman screaming near where he was working in downtown Urbana, he didn't think twice about helping her.

It was about mid-day on April 25 and the 27-year-old contractor was working outside at County Plaza at Broadway and Main streets.

Rich Warren: Acoustics genius Bose will be missed

Amar Bose, founder and chairman of the company that bears his name, passed away July 12 at age 83. He was among a small circle of great men who graced my life.

UI alum to head to space

A University of Illinois alumnus said his time at the school helped prepare him for his latest adventure:  heading to the international space station.

U.S. Air Force Colonel Mike Hopkins is the first of his graduating NASA class to head to space.  He'll do so in September of this year.

High school, family reunions planned

A 40-year combined class reunion for the Rantoul Township High School classes of 1973 and '74 is set for Aug. 9-10.

An informal get-together will take place at 7 p.m. Aug. 9 at the Rantoul Knights of Columbus Hall.

A night of entertainment is planned for 7 p.m. to midnight Aug. 10 at Eastland Suites in Urbana.