Impressive pick: Isbin returns for Ellnora

CHAMPAIGN — Considered one of the world's pre-eminent classical guitarists, Sharon Isbin has performed at the White House, the Grammys, in the Amazon and at Ground Zero on the first-year anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

She's the only classical guitarist to have recorded with the New York Philharmonic.

Don Follis: Leadership: Why do you do what you do?

Last week at a leadership conference, I was reminded of an incident at my friend's farm when we were boys in Kansas.

Top of the morning, Aug. 15, 2015

Coming to a theater near you: "The Prophet," a Hollywood movie based on Lebanese philosopher Kahlil Gibran's book of poems, interpreted by, as NPR puts it, "an international who's who of animators" — among them Urbana's Nina Paley.

Area history, Aug. 15, 2015

Today is Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Tom's Mailbag, Aug. 14, 2015

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#SundaySneak: You'll see this name in lights

An advance look at a feature story in Sunday's paper:

Whenever Amy Halstead watched her son, Gabe, in a play, she always just saw the boy she raised — until he appeared as Prince Chulalongkorn of Siam in "The King and I" in May at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan.

Then she felt goosebumps as she saw not her son on stage, but the crown prince instead.

Roberts headlines tribute to UHS' Greg Chew

CHAMPAIGN — One of Urbana High's most acclaimed alums is coming back home for a tribute to a former teacher.

Saturday night at Mike N Molly's in downtown Champaign, Mark Roberts (Class of '79) will host Laugh-A-Palooza C-U, a benefit for the Greg Chew Theater.

Area history, Aug. 14, 2015

Today is Friday, Aug. 14, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

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Top of the morning, Aug. 14, 2015

Final details are still being worked out, but Champaign station WCIA will broadcast the Sept. 19 Eastern Illinois-Illinois State football game. The game at Charleston's O'Brien Field is being moved from 6 to 7 p.m.

"We were just down there today scouting locations," WCIA vice president and general manager Coby Cooper said.