Reluctant Townie: 'The X-Files': A history of my nerd love

Tonight, "The X-Files" returns to television as a six-episode event series on Fox.

Wired In: Thomas Reese

On Sundays, staff writer Paul Wood spotlights a high-tech difference maker. This week, meet Thomas Reese, 24, CEO of FlipWord, (

Studio Visit: Jodi Adams

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Here, a visit with Jodi Adams of Urbana. The photographer, yoga instructor, sky-diving instructor and co-owner of Reflect Yoga Therapy in Champaign, recently chatted with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli.

Main Street/Homer: This place really pops

Homer has a way of hanging on to its history.

Walk down Main Street, and on the south side, you see "1892" atop the Masonic building at Main and Wabash.

Homer Lodge No. 199 A.F. & A.M. has just refurbished the building with loving care. From an attic that had been left to the decades, members found enough cool stuff to make a mini-museum in the structure.

Meet the man behind Midtown

CHAMPAIGN — You can probably find your way to downtown Champaign and to Campustown.

But if you were invited to a rendezvous in Midtown, would you know where in the city that is?

Area history, Jan. 24, 2016

Today is Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Getting Personal: Justin Snider

Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Here, 36-year-old Danville resident Justin Snider, the associate pastor at St. James United Methodist Church in Danville, chats with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli. Snider oversees youth ministries at the church.

Ask 'Mimi,' Jan. 24, 2016

Didn't Danville native Irving Azoff manage the Eagles?

Yes, early in his career. The uber-manager has been quoted as saying he's heartbroken over Eagle co-founder Glenn Frey's death Monday at age 67. The death was attributed to rheumatoid arthritis, colitis and pneumonia.

Wheels are turning

CHAMPAIGN — One by one, they strolled into the McKinley Building on Tuesday night, toting their gear. Some went straight into the gym, some worked out in the fitness center and others congregated in a conference room ahead of a scheduled practice.