Event will bring actors to Danville

DANVILLE — Pop culture figures — actors and writers — will star at the Villains Con Pop Culture and Tattoo Expo from Friday through next Sunday at the David S. Palmer Arena in Danville.

The three-day event, put on by the store Vintage Villains in Danville, is billed as central Illinois' largest pop culture gathering.

Getting Personal: John Tilford

Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Here, 58-year-old Urbana resident John Tilford, the chair of the English and drama departments at Unity High School in Tolono, chats with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli. Tilford is active in community theater.

'Never forget'

From combat vets to the daughter of a former POW to a future army officer, we asked what Memorial Day means to five folks with military ties.

For the retirees, May 29-June 5, 2016

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.

It's Your Business: Putting the personal in training

SAVOY — A new personal training studio has opened in Savoy.

Veteran personal trainers Josh Cox and Jaryd Lindenmeyer launched Swerve at 1215 Savoy Plaza Lane in March.

"It's not a traditional gym, so there's no membership and no joining fees," Cox said. "We provide one-on-one and small group training."

Business listings, May 29, 2016

These applications for assumed business names were filed recently with the Champaign County clerk's office:

Bio Wire, 2213 Rainbow View, U, Joshua Grolman, same address.

Cazoodler Server Systems, 408 E. Park St., C, Recep Yorulmaz, same address.

Cooperative Healing, Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork, 2106 O'Donnell Drive, C, Helen Whatley, same address.

Tom Kacich: Manufacturing once controlled C-U economy

Last week's big fire at the Wirco Inc. plant in west Champaign is an indirect reminder of a time when the Champaign-Urbana economy was manufacturing-based, not driven by a major public university and health care, as it is today.

Top of the morning, May 29, 2016

Just have a baby? Planning to get married? Celebrating an anniversary? About to turn 100 (or even 105, below)? We'd love to hear about it.

Sandra Mason: Bite back

Some fear bears. Some fear sharks. Although I doubt we will see a TV station offering Mosquito Week, we should have a healthy fear of mosquitoes, a fear that leads us to action.

Area history, May 28, 2016

Today is Saturday, May 27, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1916: For the first time in this part of the country, a Catholic Mass will be held outdoors tomorrow at St. Mary's Cemetery in Champaign. In fact, such an occasion is very rare among Catholics in any part of the country.