12 stories of Christmas 2015: She's happy to give back

Our first installment of the 2015 "12 stories of Christmas."

URBANA — At age 10, Irma Waggoner Allen slept in her first real bed.

She got her first toothbrush. And she had her very own drawer for her paper dolls, a precious Christmas gift.

Wired In: Andrew Singer

On Sundays, staff writer Paul Wood spotlights a high-tech difference maker. This week, meet Andrew Singer, 48, a University of Illinois professor who guides budding entrepreneurs as director of the Technology Entrepreneur Center and has his own projects, including being CEO at OceanComm, Inc.

Area history, Dec. 13, 2015

Today is Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1915: The home of H.R. Morgan, 305 N. Race St., Urbana, was burglarized Sunday evening and a dark overcoat belonging to Mr. Morgan was taken. His name is sewn into one of the inside pockets. A dark blue overcoat belonging to Frank Parker, who resides at the same address, also was taken.

Studio Visit: Maxx Sentowski

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Here, a visit with Maxx Sentowski. The artist and hourly academic, or assistant, at the C-U Community Fab Lab at the University of Illinois recently chatted with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli.

Where did you go to school?

Look back: Highlights from Melissa Merli on the week that was

'A Christmas Carol'

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, Dec. 13, 2015

With caffeine-inhaling, finals-cramming season here, we asked some of the best and brightest on the UI (or any other) campus: What's the worst grade you got in school?


Professor, Animal Sciences and Genomic Biology; named American Academy of Microbiology Fellow in January

Top of the morning, Dec. 13, 2015

Today, we kick off our "12 Days of Christmas" series, meant to spotlight do-gooders amongst us. Here's another:

Urbana's Teri McCarthy spent last weekend handing out candy canes to strangers along Michigan Avenue in Chicago.

Fog an unwelcome guest at Gordyville

Our involvement at Gordyville this year was different. It was our 11th year, and we did not have snow either day, which is rare. We did, however, have fog on Saturday, which was a new obstacle. The fog put a dent in our Saturday sales, which were down from a year ago.

160 years later, veteran will receive his due

DANVILLE — In nearly a decade of researching the genealogy of her family, Barbara Thompson Switzer never could find where her great-great-grandfather had been buried.

Sandra Mason: Unique garden additions

How can a plant be both common and rare?

In their native range, pitcher plants (Sarracenia spp) are found in nearly all states east of the Mississippi River and in most provinces of Canada. With such an extensive native range, why aren't we tripping headfirst into pitchers?