Local musicians recall their greatest influences

Last weekend, the music business celebrated the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' invasion.

This weekend, we ask local music makers: Who's the act that made a young you want to twist and shout?


Owner, Skins-n-Tins Drum Shop, Champaign

Reluctant Townie: Signs that your Valentine's Day was a failure

Valentine's Day has come and gone again, having completed its yearly rounds, robbing the pockets of young lovers everywhere and making the lonesome feel just a little bit crummier than usual.

For the retirees, Feb. 16, 2014

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Bodnar, 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 Services of Champaign County.

Area history, Feb. 16, 2014

Today is Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014. News reports from this date in history:

UI professor was one of the 'Monuments Men'

"Monuments Men," George Clooney's new movie about art rescued from the Nazis in World War II, is about the real-life adventures of a University of Illinois art history professor and hundreds of others.

You can be among the few to see Edwin Carter Rae's photographs taken during the rescue, and read his account, which is now preserved in the University of Illinois Archives.

A tether of training, trust

Volunteer, 17-year-old will navigate streets of C-U together in April showcase

Of the two dedicated runners, it's difficult to tell who's more challenged: the blind one or the sighted one guiding her.

Don Follis: Asking for help is the first act of recovery

Even before I met Veronica Valli I thought I would like her. A friend told me the affable Valli is the Operations Director at First Presbyterian Church in Champaign. I discovered that Valli, having moved to the United States from England four years ago, is an experienced addictions therapist with 14 years of sobriety herself from alcohol and drugs.

Business and professional briefs, Feb. 16, 2014

New jobs

Clausen named senior vice president. John Clausen has been promoted to senior vice president at BankChampaign.

He joined the bank's wealth management department in 2007 after practicing law at Rawles, O'Byrne, Stanko, Kepley & Jefferson.

Promise Healthcare awarded the first Wisdom Tooth Award

On Feb. 10, the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation awarded Promise Healthcare the first Widsom Tooth Award for the SmileHealthy program. Representatives from the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation were on hand to present the award at a VIP reception held at the I Hotel and Conference Center. The award includes a $100,000 cash grant.

Top of the Morning, Feb. 16, 2014

He has been told more than once: Catchers make the best baseball managers. But Darrin Fletcher, a backstop in the majors for 14 seasons, isn't interested.

"Occasionally I'll play the 'what if' game in my mind," the former Illini and Oakwood High star said. "But I have no regrets."