Studio Visit: Don Lake

Studio visit appears first in print, on Sundays. Here, Melissa Merli visits with longtime Parkland College art professor Don Lake. In the Dec. 4 News-Gazette, instead of a studio visit, Merli will have a guide to buying locally produced art as holiday gifts.

Q: What have you been doing since you retired?

Gearhead of the Week: Lee Galaway

Lee Galaway has the whole family involved in his automotive pursuits, resulting in daughter Julia's stunning Super Beetle convertible.

Darrell Hoemann

Detective uses triathlon to raise awareness of autism

Nate Rath is the baby of eight Champaign police officers who have completed grueling Ironman triathlons.

The 36-year-old detective finished his first Ironman in Panama City, Fla., on Nov. 5 in 16 hours and 15 minutes.

UI alum to appear on TV game show

Bhibha Das.

Which "Jeopardy!" contestant's name rhymes with "diva"? according to Alex Trebek's notecard.

University of Illinois alumna Das — also Mount Zion class of 1998 valedictorian — met Trebek as a contestant a few months ago.

She will appear on the show this afternoon but was not allowed by the rules of the game to say any more about later appearances.

Life Remembered: Ned Filbey's outlook connected with community

URBANA — When Ned Filbey started public school in Urbana in the late 1950s, there were no special education classes. Experts advised then that children with special needs or developmental deficiencies should be put in institutions.

Bucking that trend, Nate and Mary Lou Filbey and their three daughters became Ned Filbey's special educators.

Drug company honors Carle doctor

URBANA — In the early years when HIV/AIDS was quietly mushrooming into a worldwide epidemic, Dr. Philip Johnson decided to learn as much as he could about the virus and disease.

Peter Sis mural installation at the Champaign Public Library 2011

Three murals by Peter Sis were installed in the children's department of the Champaign Public Library in Champaign, IL.  Wednesday, November 30, 2011.   The installation was done by Evergreene Architectural Arts in New York City.  Sis will be at the library on December 14th for a talk and book signing.  He has written and illustrated 21 kids books. 

Khan again takes aim at football ownership

URBANA — Ironic? A man who made a fortune building parts for cars is now positioned to buy an NFL franchise called the Jaguars.

Shahid Khan, the 61-year-old president of Urbana-based Flex-N-Gate and the apparent owner-to-be of the Jacksonville Jaguars, got into the bumper business more than 30 years ago.

Schools foundation seeks nominees for alumni awards

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation is encouraging community members to submit nominations for three public school alumni awards to be presented on April 7 at the 2012 CUSF Gala.

The three different awards are the Distinguished Alumni Award, the Local Hero Award and the Local Business Community Impact Award.

Getting Personal: Sue Grey


Getting Personal is an email Q&A with a local personality. Here, a chat with Sue Grey, 50, of Champaign.

Profession: Explain in one sentence what it is you do.

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