C-U haiku, May 8, 2016


Poets born into

this world forever in debt

Happy Mother's Day!

— Jim O'Brien, St. Joseph

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Studio Visit: Liza Wynette

Liza Wynette, 37, of Champaign is an illustrator and instructor at Parkland College. She will speak on "The State of Contemporary Illustration" at a reception following the awards ceremony for the Graphic Design Student Juried Exhibition, which starts at 6:30 p.m.

Today's Special: A haus of memories

GIBSON CITY — Twenty-five years ago, Peter and Erika Schnabel decided to make a career change, creating a restaurant that is unique in the area.

"It was out of the blue," Erika Schnabel says.

Getting Personal: Debarah McFarland

Here, 55-year-old Urbana resident Debarah McFarland, the CEO of Dream Girls Academy, chats with The News-Gazette's Paul Wood. McFarland also works for the Champaign Fire Department.

Tell us about Dream Girls Academy.

Letter from Birdland: A new kitten has made an appearance

Birdland is as green as green can get in springtime.

Iris buds rise from slender stalks. Pale wrappers hide the color, and very few have opened, showing deep purple with fuzzy yellow stamens.

Peony buds grow bigger every day but are still tightly closed, like a green jawbreaker on the end of a stick.

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, May 8, 2016

Get your opinion heard with a Letter to the Editor here

With the search for the first athletic mascot officially on, we asked 10 UI alums with creative jobs: What's your idea?

Look ahead: Top picks from Melissa Merli for the week to come

Interesting high school project

A Champaign classic

CHAMPAIGN — For many people, the names Kyle and Phyllis Robeson bring to mind the Robeson Crossing commercial village, the Robeson Meadows subdivision and the family-owned department store that was a fixture in downtown Champaign for nearly a century.

Top of the morning, May 8, 2016

This week, we'll spotlight the college graduation season in the pages of The News-Gazette. For starters:

It's a good thing Lynne Curry is as comfortable behind the wheel as she is in a classroom.

Top of the morning, May 7, 2016

Of the many sports he plays, Kim Martinie is partial to bowling.

"I like to hear the sounds of pins falling over," the 65-year-old said.

Being blind might prevent Kim from becoming the next Pete Weber — his career-high score is 124 — but it never has hindered his interest in competition.