Rossville couple's open houses put train enthusiasts on track for fun

ROSSVILLE — If you didn't get that model train set you wanted for Christmas this year, you might want to visit Dewain and Marilyn Moore this week.

The rural Rossville couple are model-train enthusiasts, and again this year, M&M Trains is holding an open house from noon to 4 p.m. daily through Jan. 31.

Top of the Morning, Dec. 29, 2014: From the archives

Last Monday, I listed the 10 most-viewed galleries of images from News-Gazette photographers.

We're also devoting more resources than ever to videos. We have an in-house studio and our photographers — and some reporters — are shooting handheld videos as well.

Area history, Dec. 28, 2014

In 1914, two billboards now being displayed in Champaign call attention to the visit of the wise men from the East to the Christ child. The words underneath say: "Ask you Sunday School teacher to tell you a story." The billboards can be found east of the Beardsley Hotel and across the street from the Orpheum Theatre.

C-U's George Will reflects on his career, what's in store for future

WASHINGTON — With 100 columns to write every year and as many TV appearances, George Will doesn't hurt for work. But he's now embarking on a large project: an analysis of conservative politics.

For the retirees, Dec. 28, 2014-Jan. 4, 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.

Mahomet family brings Christmas to needy in matriarch's hometown

METRO MANILA, Philippines — Gabriel Difanis of Mahomet spent his 10th birthday Friday in a sweltering gymnasium, gleefully handing out gifts to children instead of getting them.

Area history, Dec. 27, 2014

In 1914, Champaign police conducted a raid on the home of John Sansone, 7 E. Main St., Champaign, and found a small amount of liquor. Sansone was arrested as the keeper and five men were taken into custody for being patrons. Sansone was released after posting a $100 real estate bond.

Helping kids learn is his kind of homework

When Brian Nudelman isn't teaching English literature or writing at Parkland College, he runs an after-school program that helps make homework fun for students at Champaign's Garden Hills Elementary.

Area history, Dec. 26, 2014

In 1914, 23 prisoners were held in the Champaign City Jail over Christmas, on everything from selling liquor, keeping a house of prostitution and fighting. Two Teamsters started a wrench fight on East Clark Street. The brawlers escaped before the officers arrived but left a bloody wrench at the scene.

Top of the Morning, Dec. 26, 2014

The Associated Press Entertainer of the Year for 2014 wasn't a singer, actor or comedian.

In fact, it wasn't even a person.

Not making this up: the top vote-getter from AP members was an animated movie: "Frozen."

Technically, the movie opened in 2013, thus the Academy Award for best song. But it took off in '14, thus the title of top entertainer.