Studio Visit: Baub Alred

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Here, a chat with Baub Alred. The artist and manager of Ippatsu Salon in Champaign recently chatted with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli.

Tell me about your first name, Baub.

Kelly Strom: Titles to celebrate Black History Month

If you're looking for some reading to round out your celebration of Black History Month, then I have some titles for you. There are a lot to choose from, so I'll just give you a quick review of each one.

Reluctant Townie: Looking for election love? Cupid for hire

It had been over a decade since Cupid took up residence in Las Vegas. With marriage rates declining and hookup culture on the rise, it seemed fitting that he take it easy on himself in the 21st century.

Alice B. McGinty: A few more award winners to enjoy

As promised, this column features the American Library Association's 2016 Newbery Medal winner, "Last Stop on Market Street" (2015, G.P. Putnam's Sons, written by Matt de la Pea, illustrated by Christian Robinson, ages 3-7).

C-U haiku, Feb. 14, 2016

Edited by Lee Gurga/For The News-Gazette

again the snow falls

each flake holds a shining light

a blanket of stars

— Viktoria Ford, Urbana

A spin on the Grammys

WHAT: The live television broadcast of the 58th annual Grammy Awards, featuring performances by, among others, Adele, The Weeknd, Kendrick Lamar, Carrie Underwood, Sam Hunt, Little Big Town, TheMavericks, Joey Alexander, Highly Suspect and The Takacs Quartet, plus the cast of the Broadway hit "Hamilton." Comedi

Getting Personal: Phillip W. Edwards

Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Here, 49-year-old Savoy resident Phillip W. Edwards, Urbana's fire marshal, chats with The News-Gazette's Paul Wood.

How did you become a firefighter? Do you have a military background?

Weekend planner: Love is in the air

If you want to take your sweetheart out this weekend, there's plenty to choose from. The American Legion Post 559, 704 N. Hickory St., C, will host a Sweetheart Weekend, starting with the Red & White Party at 9 p.m. today, with music by Master Blaster and DJ Ole Schoolz. Wear red and white, as organizer and Post 559 treasurer Richard Davis did for a photograph.

Sharing their love

SAVOY — Bill and Margarite "Mike" Stallman have been married for just shy of 65 years, and they still love each other — they even still like each other.

They're celebrating Valentine's Day almost 70 years after they met at the University of Illinois because they use one word a lot to describe their marriage: share.

Area history, Feb. 13, 2016

In 1916, Deputy Sheriff Harry Evans is home from the Chester penitentiary and reports that convicted murderer Harry Slade of Urbana is still in solitary confinement. The solitary department is built in the ground and equipped with cells, each one being lighted by a window about one foot square.