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Best-selling children's mystery writer advises budding wordsmiths

CHAMPAIGN — If an 8-year-old wants to be a professional writer someday, one best-selling author's advice: Get a notebook and start recording ideas.

Blue Balliett, best-selling author of children's mysteries "Chasing Vermeer," "The Wright 3," "The Calder Game" and "The Danger Box," spoke to lots of local students Friday, including fourth-graders at Champaign's Robeson Elementary.

Wise surprise: Groups mark chancellor's first year

URBANA — Phyllis Wise has had plenty of surprises as University of Illinois chancellor, but not all came with flowers.

Hurrying between meetings Wednesday, Wise was presented with dozens of appropriately orange roses and serenaded by students to honor her one-year anniversary as chancellor.

Danville teacher gets pleasant surprise: $1,000 in supplies

DANVILLE — OfficeMax employees and Liberty Elementary School students and staff surprised an unsuspecting teacher with $1,000 worth of classroom supplies on Tuesday.

Colleagues said it was a remarkable feat considering the teacher was Betsy Porter, and "unsuspecting" rarely describes the 17-year veteran.

Updated: Champaign's Carter to leave longtime post in March

Updated 9:27 p.m. Tuesday

CHAMPAIGN — In a city where elected officials tend to come and go, City Manager Steve Carter has pulled the strings, often from behind the scenes, for nearly three decades.

Speaker likes U.S. energy future, dislikes nation's debt problem

CHAMPAIGN — Stephen Moore is bullish on the potential of technology and human creativity — but not so hot on the public sector.

Moore, an editorial page writer for The Wall Street Journal, told University of Illinois students Monday that now is "a great, great time to be alive."

DACC to host homecoming

DANVILLE — Danville Area Community College will host its first alumni homecoming celebration in more than 30 years later this month.

The celebration will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Oct. 27 at the college, 2000 E. Main St., Danville.

Danville woman adores her flock of feathered friends

By JESSICA BOURQUE

Fundraisers set for wildlife clinic

The University of Illinois Wildlife Medical Clinic has announced three upcoming fundraisers — one in Gibson City, one in Champaign and one at Homer Lake.

— "Howl at the Harvest Moon" is an annual, pet-friendly fund-raiser for the University of Illinois Wildlife Medical Clinic.

Getting Personal: Erika N.L. Harold

Getting Personal is an email Q&A with a local personality. Here, Melissa Merli chats with Erika N.L. Harold, Urbana native and former Miss America who was a candidate for the 13th District seat in the U.S. House this year. In the Sept.

Studio Visit: Terry Cottrell

Studio Visit appears first in print, in Sunday editions of The News-Gazette. Here, Melissa Merli visits with harmonica player Terry Cottrell of Danville. In the Sept. 30 newspaper, we'll have a visit with artist Maria Lux.  

Q: That giant harmonica in the photograph Marvin Lee sent me — is it real? Is it playable?