State's 'weird weather' is topic for Jim Angel

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel will talk about "Weird Weather" at 7 p.m. Friday at Staerkel Planetarium as part of its World of Science lecture series.

Admission is $1 at the door.

Area update: Vietnam Wall replica coming to Mahomet in summer '16

MAHOMET — Local residents have come together to bring a well-known traveling memorial to Mahomet next summer.

Brothers in arms

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ARCOLA — The Ghere boys of Arcola — seven of whom served their country simultaneously during World War II — will get some long-deserved recognition this Sunday.

Good time for good cause

CHAMPAIGN — Kim Martin has his Dancing with the CU Stars outfit ready: a light-green ruffled tuxedo shirt, a dark-blue vest embedded with tiny sparkles, black pants and soft-soled shoes.

And to top it off, a black-and-white herringbone fedora.

Still rolling with the changes

Bruce Hall came from Champaign, made his name in REO Speedwagon at Champaign bars, and makes a return to Champaign on Monday for a show at the Virginia — with his daughter's band as the opening act.

"Sara (Hall) and her band Upshot have become pretty darn popular here in Champaign. In fact, they'll be opening up for us at the Virginia Theatre," Hall said.

Area history, Nov. 5, 2015

Today is Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

DSC: 'pretty amazing'

SAVOY — There was a time Nicole Morgan would feel the weight of people staring when she and her husband, Jason, would take their toddler son, Maxwell, with them to a restaurant, or when she would walk through the grocery store with Maxwell and he'd make the yowling sound that was his kind of talking and singing.

People didn't understand, she said. It was hard.

Notes-Worthy: Cliff Stoker

C.U. Bands and Fans' Terry Brown chats with bass player CLIFF STOKER:

What is the most interesting gig in CU you have ever played?

Top of the morning, Nov. 5, 2015

I asked Scott Miller what he'll be thinking as he takes the stage at Friday's "Dancing With The CU Stars."

"I hope I don't throw up."

"I hope I don't drop my partner."

"I hope I don't actually break a leg."

"I hope somebody hits the fire alarm and I don't actually have to dance in front of 500 people."

Finally, the truth spilled out.

Folk and Roots Festival: Feast your ears

URBANA — Matt Winters had just moved from New York City to Urbana when the first C-U Folk & Roots Festival took place in downtown Urbana.

"It was the greatest thing in the world to walk out of my apartment and see all these cool things happening outside my door," he remembered.