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