Getting Personal: Kelly Hill

Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Here, a chat with Kelly Hill, 55, of Champaign, the development director for Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County.

So ... what's new with you?

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, July 6, 2014

Lest anyone think roughing it is just a Champaign Unit 4 thing, we asked area educators: What's the most outdated, dilapidated, should-have-been-fixed-ages-ago feature of your school?


Principal, Oakwood High

Reluctant Townie: Confessions of an uninterested soccer fan

Is it OK to stop pretending we care about soccer yet? Did we get it out of our systems? As a collective people of Facebook?

I couldn't do it. Sorry, guys. The world of professional soccer is too vast and multifaceted for me to simply manufacture feelings of intense excitement and murderous loyalty overnight. Too much work. Memorization. Performance.

Top of the Morning, July 6, 2014

A regular treat of Champaign's annual July 4 parade, which rolled through town on Friday, is seeing the Centennial marching band perform.

"Centennial has been a part of that parade for decades — as long as I've been aware of the Centennial band," Centennial band director Michael Allen said.

Area history, July 6, 2014

Today is Sunday, July 6, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Slice of Life: Turning a pipe dream into reality

By Ryan Weber

Greg Heath's donation helping keep C-U music history alive

CHAMPAIGN — Greg "Flea" Heath really values three posters of a Willie Nelson show he promoted in Danville in 1989.

Combined, the posters are a bit of an oddity.

One advertises the event as being at the Danville baseball stadium. The stadium folks later canceled and the venue was changed to the Danville Civic Center.

So Heath had new posters made.

Business and professional briefs, July 6, 2014

New jobs

Human Kinetics hires two, promotes one. Human Kinetics, Champaign, has hired Jerry Schotz and Mike Myers as its technology director and maintenance director, respectively.

The company also promoted Stephanie Carter to human resources specialist.

Business calendar, July 6, 2014

Sunday, July 6

Letter from Birdland: Escape artist

We've been lucky with rain in Birdland. The whole yard is green, and the cucurbit that sprouted volunteer where the old chicken coop was has become a lush patch with leaves the size of platters and big, trumpeting orange flowers.