United Samaritans has new chief medical officer

DANVILLE — Provena United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville has appointed a new chief medical officer.

Dr. Charles C. Canver will join the staff as vice president for medical affairs/chief medical officer.

He currently serves as chief executive officer of Near East University Hospital in Nicosia, Cyprus. When he is stateside, his home is in Albany, NY.

Counterfeit coupons: Accidentally on purpose

Dear Jill,

Your article on counterfeit coupons was very eye-opening! I have never bought or sold coupons, but I have a question about improper coupon use.

An out-of-town paper that I read online ran a coupon for a free item. I used the print-screen command and printed out several of the coupons.

The longings of ... a beautiful boy


He's 6 feet tall barefoot, 6-feet-5 in his Jeffrey Campbell heels. He loves Lady Gaga and Andy Warhol and beautiful women who don't care about what other people think.

Getting Personal: Nancy Willamon

Getting Personal is an email Q&A with a local personality. Here, Paul Wood talks with Nancy Willamon of Tolono, a golfer, mother, wine aficionada and arranger of a lot of things that go on at Parkland College. Getting Personal appears first in print, on Sundays.

Studio Visit: Dan Pierson

Studio Visit appears first in print, in Sunday editions of The News-Gazette. Here, Melissa Merli visits with pianist Dan Pierson. 

Q: I heard you've finished your bachelor's degree in piano performance and are moving to Chicago. What will you do up there?

Dwight Miller gets entrepreneur award

CHAMPAIGN — Local McDonald's franchisee Dwight Miller was hailed as a high-energy, goal-oriented businessman in being named Parkland College Foundation's Entrepreneur of the Year.

About 250 people turned out Wednesday to honor Miller — whose company operates 10 area McDonald's restaurants — at a banquet at the I Hotel and Conference Center in Champaign.

Escort set for fallen Marine

Hundreds of motorcycle riders as well as area police and firefighters are set to escort a fallen U.S. Marine when he returns to his hometown of Covington, Ind., today.

D-Day memories from those who lived through the invasion

Editor's note: This is a chapter from "When We Went to War," a News-Gazette book based on a special section published on June 6, 1994, the 50th anniversary of D-Day. (The ages of those interviewed are reported as they were when they were interviewed in 1994.)

Their departure, after several unnerving false starts, was supposed to be a secret.

Safe stowaways: What and when to stockpile

Dear Jill,

Coupon TV programs usually show the stashes extreme couponers have in their homes. But what is the shelf life for these products?

We're not extreme couponers, but right now we have about 50 bottles of hand soap, 18 bottles of laundry detergent and even more stored away in our home.

1998 News-Gazette interview with Ray Bradbury

Editor's note: This story appeared on Friday, Oct. 16, 1998, in advance of a lecture and book-signing later that month on the University of Illinois campus. Bradbury died on June 5, 2012, at age 91.

URBANA - If you want to know about the current state of science fiction, don't ask Ray Bradbury.