Free time is volunteer time for honoree

Doesn't matter if it's a Foreigner show or a "Frozen" sing-a-long. If the Virginia Theatre is hosting it, Carol Cope is ushering it.

The 59-year-old Seymour woman, who "works" up to 200 events a year at the downtown landmark, was an obvious choice for the Champaign Park District's 2015 Volunteer of the Year award.

Top of the morning, May 27, 2015

On Wednesdays, we tip our cap to kids doing good things (see Younger Generation). For starters ...

It took some digging, but I finally found something that Olivia Owens doesn't excel at.


'The legacy he's left speaks volumes'

CHAMPAIGN — Dave Benton had a warm, comfortable way about him, both on and off camera, that just seemed to put people at ease. And to many nightly news viewers of central Illinois, he was "one of the family," his friend, John Hecker, recalled.

AUDIO: changing lives through woodworking

A Monticello man is trying to have a big impact on area young people in a unique way: building boats.  Scott Beatty has more.

Bergstrom says G2g Wood and Boatworks has seen 10 students involved in one way or another this year.

Two strikes and it's gone

The house of Weiss Lancaster’s youth was a magical place to grow up, an old Victorian mansion with back stairs and a tower and a huge porch.

Riding shotgun

Last week, News-Gazette rookie reporter JOHNATHAN HETTINGER spent the first five hours of a 12-hour night shift doing a "ride-along" with an Urbana police officer. We had him keep a running diary. Here are his entries.

6:59 p.m.

Joining Marines part of his pact

CHAMPAIGN — Before Kenneth "Mario" McNeill passed away on the eve of his 17th birthday, he made a pact with his best friend.

And even though McNeill's life was cut short when he was killed in a car accident in March 2014, Andrew Scaggs hasn't forgotten his promise.

Marvin Lee launches summer concert series

CHAMPAIGN — Over the decades, many area country musicians — among them Alison Krauss, Bob Watson and Dyke Corson — have performed with Marvin Lee.

At 82, Lee — his last name is Flessner — continues to perform often and will soon launch his summer park concerts, with the first of many scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Collison Park northwest of Danville.

Area history, May 26, 2015

Today is Tuesday, May 26, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Spotlight on Service, May 26, 2015

A look at area do-gooders. This week: Arcola Sunrise Rotary

About the club

President: Bill Wagoner

Origin: Chartered on Sept. 24, 1998

Meets: Thursday mornings at either the Dutch Kitchen or the It'll Do Bar & Grill