Slice of Life: Bound and determined

By Jordan Wilson

URBANA — A relic of an old world, the worn and rusted stitching machine sits in soft afternoon light casting through the nearby window, white sewing threads dangling from its side.

Studio Visit: Julia Megan Sullivan

The actress and assistant director of communication for the University of Illinois Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering recently chatted with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli.

How did you end up doing online H.H. Gregg commercials?

Top of the morning, Aug. 7, 2016

Thanks to the many friends he has made during his 40-plus years as a bartender in downtown Champaign, Fote Backy's Brass Rail is much easier to spot these days.

County board: Tax proposal worth a shot

URBANA — After years of talking about a comprehensive county facilities overhaul, the Champaign County Board finally may be ready to undertake it.

Or more accurately, let county voters decide whether to undertake it.

Area history, Aug. 7, 2016

Today is Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1916, the Champaign County Board of Review has acted on a number of property assessment complaints, reducing many but overruling objections on some. For example Dan Swannell’s objection was overrruled but the assessment on the Grace Lutheran Church parsonage was reduced to $350.

Ted Kooser: An American Life in Poetry, Aug. 7, 2016

By Ted Kooser/U.S. Poet Laureate, 2004-06

Here's a fine, deftly made poem by Meg Kearney of New Hampshire in which the details deliver the emotions, which are never overtly named other than by the title. It's my favorite kind of poem, and it's from her book "An Unkindness of Ravens" from BOA Editions. Her most recent book is "Home By Now" from Four Way Books, 2009.

Getting Personal: Tony Maltbia

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, 43-year-old Champaign resident Tony Maltbia, the newly named executive director of student, family and community support for Champaign's school district, chats with The News-Gazette's Paul Wood. Maltbia's last position was administrator of the Novak Academy.

Tell us about your family.

The Reluctant Townie: Sucker punched by an angel

Donald Trump had punched an elderly woman in the face, during a live press conference his team arranged on the sidewalk in front of Trump Tower.

Letter from Birdland: A pleasant road trip with the girls

Birdland is cool this morning, but the humidity dampened my morning ride. I have taken to riding my bike in the mornings.

Last week, I got up early enough to see a fox sitting by the side of the road. I watched it from afar, before I even knew it was a fox or any animal at all. It could have been a stump or a pile of trash discarded on the roadside.

For the retirees, Aug. 7-15, 2016

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Graves, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 48 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, phone 359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Service of Champaign County.