Love in the air

Summer's the perfect time to spend a magical moment with a significant other at a romantic spot. Though surrounded by corn and soybeans, this area has plenty of them. Our five recommendations, courtesy of staff writer Melissa Merli:

Lake effect

Heron County Park


For the retirees, July 17-24, 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.

Area history, July 17, 2016

Today is Sunday, July 17, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1916: Danville police were appealed to Saturday night to aid in the search for Mrs. Ora Winger, a bride of but a few hours. The 16-year-old bride walked out of a Covington, Ind., restaurant about an hour after the marriage ceremony had been performed and she hasn't been seen since.

Mural documents arc of history

URBANA — Before he gets out of the restaurant business in Urbana, Allen Strong is documenting his take on local history with a mural on the north side wall of the Courier Cafe.

It's being done by Glen C. Davies, a local artist whose been in town since 1974 and who said at one time he delivered newspapers for the old Courier, which went out of business on March 31, 1979.

Revolutionary act

Over the three preceding summers, Urbana High School drama director Tim Broeker went to New York to attend the Broadway Teachers Workshop.

He thought about not going this year — until he discovered that among the four shows workshop participants would see was "Hamilton," the hottest ticket in town.

That's Entertainment: Spotlighting events in the area

Music scene

Free concert at Urbana High

"The Syncopated Clock" by Leroy Anderson will be among the pieces that will be performed by the Urbana Pops Orchestra at a free concert at 7 p.m. Saturday in the auditorium at Urbana High School, 1002 S. Race St.

Reluctant Townie: Do's and don'ts, summer 2016 edition

This week, I tell you the best things to do, and the best things not to do, with your life this summer. Who better to tell you what to do than me, a guy in a newspaper and/or on the internet?

Would I take the time to write this column just to give you a bunch of useless advice that will do nothing but bring strife and mayhem to your life?

Studio Visit: Maya Bauer

Studio Visit is a Q&A with an artist. Maya Bauer, 29, of Urbana is an artist who's looking for a job in Chicago. She recently chatted with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli. 

Who commissioned the mural you painted outside the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center in Urbana?

Getting Personal: Jada Burr

Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Here, 17-year-old Sidney resident Jada Burr, the 2016 Champaign County Fair queen, chats with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli. Burr will be a senior at Unity High School and is a manager at Maurices in Champaign. She is most interested in being a positive role model.

Tell us something few people know about you?

Top of the morning, July 17, 2016

Mark Pelafos can vouch for the 1966 Ford Mustang being raffled off at the Parkland College Gala on Aug. 20.

He drove it from Bloomington to Champaign in February, drawing envious looks while tooling along U.S. 150.

"It drives like a '66 Mustang should drive," Pelafos said. "As far as restoration goes, it was done very well."