Brickman's keys to an intimate holiday show

CHAMPAIGN — Award-winning pianist and songwriter Jim Brickman will visit the Virginia Theatre on Tuesday.

"I've been doing holiday shows for 19 years," said Brickman, who also sometimes sings.

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

Holiday performance

Ask 'Mimi,' Dec. 13, 2015

Have you heard anything about an "intuitive" painting studio in Champaign?

Special report: Benjamin Mann's deposition: 'It instantly changed my whole life'

CHAMPAIGN — If the city council approves his $225,000 settlement payout Tuesday night, Benjamin Mann will use it to pay attorney fees and make up for lost business, doctor's appointments and years of emotional baggage.

Don Follis: The wolf lies with the lamb when we love our enemies

Last August while I was in Charleston, South Carolina, I attended the Wednesday evening Bible study at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston. The study on that hot, humid night brought to mind a famous Old Testament prophecy in Isaiah where the prophet envisions a peaceful kingdom with the coming of the Messiah.

Getting Personal: T.J. Blakeman

Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Here, 34-year-old Champaign resident T.J. Blakeman chats with The News-Gazette's Paul Wood. Blakeman works for the city of Champaign as senior planner for economic development. He is the new board president for the Champaign County Historical Museum.

Area history, Dec. 13, 2015

Today is Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1915: The home of H.R. Morgan, 305 N. Race St., Urbana, was burglarized Sunday evening and a dark overcoat belonging to Mr. Morgan was taken. His name is sewn into one of the inside pockets. A dark blue overcoat belonging to Frank Parker, who resides at the same address, also was taken.

Studio Visit: Maxx Sentowski

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Here, a visit with Maxx Sentowski. The artist and hourly academic, or assistant, at the C-U Community Fab Lab at the University of Illinois recently chatted with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli.

Where did you go to school?

It's in the cards

Part of the holiday season tradition is the sending of cards, though not as many people do it as they used to in this digital age. For those who miss finding cards and letters in the mailbox this time of year, staff writer PAUL WOOD compiled some traditional holiday cards from area agencies and businesses, including our very own (right).


Top of the morning, Dec. 13, 2015

Today, we kick off our "12 Days of Christmas" series, meant to spotlight do-gooders amongst us. Here's another:

Urbana's Teri McCarthy spent last weekend handing out candy canes to strangers along Michigan Avenue in Chicago.