Getting Personal: Dan Rodawig

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Here, 49-year-old Champaign resident Dan Rodawig, the director of international business development for Horizon Hobby, chats with The News-Gazette's Paul Wood.

Tell us something new you are doing that no one knows about.

I've made a career out of doing new things. If I told you, then everyone would know.

Letter from Birdland: Recapping my wild ride to Minneapolis

Birdland has been balmy, and flowers have been poking up from the warming earth.

For the retirees, April 19-26, 2015

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Graves, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 48 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, phone 359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Service of Champaign County.

Restoration gave Sidney more than a library

SIDNEY — They ripped the plastic corrugated siding off the front of Sidney's new library and found a diamond brick pattern. Under beat-up plaster, brick walls. Under hanging strips of burnt paint, a tin ceiling.

Ann Johnson, a University of Illinois professor emerita, put together a group of volunteers who have created a beautiful library from an empty storefront.

Area history, April 19, 2015

In 1915, Illinois drys will try tomorrow to hammer a few more nails into the coffin of old King Alcohol. The question of abolishing saloons will be on the ballot in 22 cities or towns, including Ottawa, Beardstown and Dixon. Of the 102 counties in Illinois, 54 are now without a saloon.

The Reluctant Townie: How to sidewalk chalk like a boss

Last summer, on a quiet June morning, I reached the pinnacle of my ability as a writer.

In this very newspaper, I published a guide on "How to Blow Bubbles Like a Boss," a piece that I assumed would take the world and its Internets by storm.

Living in Ebert's childhood home 'kind of cool'

URBANA — As a 12-year-old newspaper carrier, Josh Bubniak had no clue that Roger Ebert's childhood home was on his route.

Danville's retiring schools chief feels the love

DANVILLE — When Mark Denman first stepped into a classroom at East Park Junior High School back in January 1975, he didn't realize it was the start of a 40-year-plus career with the Danville school district.

Denman, then barely 21, had graduated from Illinois State University a semester early and was waiting to enter the University of Illinois College of Law later that fall.

Editor scripted own career path

Shevone Myrick's road to a bachelor's degree had a few more twists and turns than the four other Women of Distinction honorees she'll share the stage with at next week's Girl Scouts of Central Illinois ceremony.

Area history, April 18, 2015

In 1915, Charles Davis, alias "Teeters," was shot in the right shoulder Sunday afternoon while trying to resist arrest on a bootlegging charge in Penfield. Davis and Charles Broomfield allegedly came to Penfield Sunday morning, each with 2 gallons of Cherry Special whiskey that they peddled from the curbstone.