Nurses plan to collect, deliver donations for tornado victims

DANVILLE — Four Danville nurses are collecting donations for the tornado victims in Oklahoma and plan to deliver them next week.

Getting Personal: Barbara McFadden Allen

Each week, we offer an email Q&A with a local personality. Today, Paul Wood chats with 54-year-old Champaign resident Barbara McFadden Allen, the executive director of the academic consortium of Big Ten universities and the University of Chicago.

What time do you typically get up? What do you do the first hour of the morning?

Hero and Bridget and the viral graduation picture

CHAMPAIGN — Hero the chocolate Lab is quite the Internet celebrity these days, courtesy of a custom graduation gown and a snapshot that went viral.

Studio Visit: Malia Andrus

Studio Visit is a weekly Q&A with a local artist. Here, a visit with Malia Andrus, an actress and costume designer.

Champaign student perfect on both ACT, SAT

CHAMPAIGN — As the school bus bumps along Interstate 74, sunlight from the hazy morning slanting in behind his head, Likith Govindaiah and his friends talk about video games, television shows, scoring on AP tests and what they could mean for your college career, the best burger joints in Champaign-Urbana and how it's a first-world problem if you have trouble getting through the fries to reach y

Business and professional briefs May 19, 2013

New jobs

Two join Kesler law practice. Nancy L. Livingston and Andrew C. Mudd have joined the Law Firm of Kesler, Nelson, Garman, Brougher & Townsley, with offices in Danville and Hoopeston.

Livingston's cases will include family, real estate, estate planning and criminal law. She will also work as a divorce mediator.

Letter from Birdland: Chores much more fun in good company

Spring cleaning in Birdland is always a busy time, but this year, we are planning for a certain gathering in June and needed extra help.

Art beat: Musician, teacher Rubel heads for Nashville

While many people his age are settling down or retiring, Mark Rubel's making a big change.

The 55-year-old musician, recording engineer, teacher and downtown Champaign fixture will move this summer to Nashville, Tenn.

St. Joseph group still collecting names of those in armed forces

ST. JOSEPH — The SJO Service Members organization is still honoring men and women serving in the armed forces.

Organization founder James Wasson said the group is still working to collect names of service members and honor them with a sign hung in their hometown.

50-year-old Parkland grad: 'Don't let anything get in your way'

CHAMPAIGN — Standing in front of the "A Wing" building at Parkland College in 2009, Paulette Johnson grabbed the door handle, then dropped her hand.

She grasped it again, and her hand fell a second time.

This went on for about 10 minutes, she recalled.

"I said to myself, 'Paula, if you're going to do this, there's no backing out. There's just going to be completion.'