Reluctant Townie: Haircuts: Parting is such sweet sorrow

"Have you ever tried anything for this?" the hairdresser asked, raking her nicotine-tinged fingers through the vanishing rain forests of my hairline. "You know, like Rogaine or something?"

"Mostly I just push it forward and hope for the best."

But that's not fooling anybody. I am two months past needing a haircut.

Business and professional briefs, Nov. 2, 2014

New jobs

Agents join Berkshire Hathaway/Snyder. Kim Filkin and Kipp Bates have joined Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices/Snyder Real Estate, Champaign.

Filkin is part of the SellingHomes24-7 team. She has 17 years of experience in selling residential real estate. She recently relocated to the Champaign-Urbana area from Bloomington-Normal.

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, Nov. 2, 2014

How rough have Champaign Central students had it the past several decades? We invited 10 acclaimed alums to tell us, two days before voters say yea or nay to a new $97.7 million high school.

Plays the trombone in the Marching Illini

Event will pay tribute to Kent Conrad

URBANA — Remembering Kent Conrad: A Memorial Event will take place at 2 p.m. Monday in Foellinger Great Hall at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. The event is free and open to the public.

Top of the Morning, Nov. 2, 2014

Tom Kacich voted Saturday morning.

In the good ol' days, our veteran columnist waited until Election Day to make his picks. It was a Kacich tradition to head to the voting booth as a family and then celebrate together at dinner, usually at Minneci's in Champaign.

"After that, I'd go in to work," he said.

Well, his three kids got older. And his job got trickier.

Area history, Nov. 1, 2014

Today is Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Disney shares anti-bullying song from Mahomet brothers

MAHOMET — Mahomet brothers Kyle and Kade Kinnamon found instant musical stardom last week — but it took a while to sink in.

Free concert at Krannert a salute to veterans, by Army captain

A concert pianist and Illinois Army National Guard captain, Ian Gindes of Urbana will draw on his experiences as he and others perform in the free "A Salute to Veterans with Capt. Ian Gindes" concert at 3 p.m. Sunday in Foellinger Great Hall of Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

Top of the Morning, Nov. 1, 2014

I thought this job kept me busy.

Then I got ahold of CELINDA DAVIS (right), the superstar student from Knox College in Galseburg who today will be honored as a Student Laureate in Springfield. The Uni High grad is the area's only Student Laureate, presented to extraordinary seniors from each of the state's four-year colleges and universities.

Empty downtown? Check the Arcola football field

ARCOLA — Roll into Arcola on a Friday night and you'll see an abandoned downtown decked out in Purple Riders gear.

Businesses are closed, people aren't out on the street and lights are out. If it weren't for the shine of big dome lights off in the distance and the roar of a pumped-up crowd, you'd think the place was deserted.