Area history, July 27, 2015

In 1915, members of the Illinois State Horticultural Society visited the Dunlap Rural Home Fruit Farm near Savoy and inspected the large orchards, and witnessed the process of harvesting the apple crop.

Those Who Served: Loda man recalls avoiding celebratory grenades in South Pacific

LODA — Unlimited beer and hand grenades are a bad mix.

When former Illini football player and legendary wrestling coach Don Pittman was serving in the Navy in the South Pacific during World War II, he was a gunner's mate at a massive ammo dump.

Cunninghams' gift continues to be 'heaven on earth' for kids in need

URBANA — In 1894, Joseph and Mary Cunningham deeded their home "on the hill" north of Urbana to the women of the Methodist Episcopal Church for a Deaconess Home and Orphanage.

By 1921, the need for a deaconess home no longer existed and a separate corporation formed, Cunningham Children's Home.

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, July 26, 2015

We asked former TV show contestants to share the story that always gets a reaction, no matter how often they tell it.

American Idol (2005)


Danville Schlarman grad

Rob Kanter: Amphibian survey can indicate environmental health

If you were to base a movie character on Dave Stone, you'd probably have to tone down his enthusiasm for science and teaching — and that's saying something, given that he'll begin his 32nd year in the classroom at Uni High this fall.

For the retirees, July 26-Aug. 2, 2015

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Graves, 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 Service of Champaign County.

Studio Visit: Elis Artz

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Here, Elis Artz, 42, of Champaign, the program coordinator for the University of Illinois' Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies, chats with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli. Artz is also a singer for Desafinado and Pagu, and an artist.

How were you able to bring Brazilian icon Gilberto Gil to the UI?

Getting Personal: Haley Duden

Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Here, Paul Wood chats with the newly crowned Champaign County Fair queen, Haley Duden, 18, of Gifford. She plans to work with children throughout her reign.

Do you intend to enter more pageants?

Letter from Birdland: Appreciating nature's wonders when you can

You're in for heartbreak when you think you own the whole world. I'm in Murray, Ky., for my master of fine arts residency, wondering how the birds and dogs in Birdland are getting along, wondering if it's as hot as it is here.

C-U Haiku, July 26, 2015

Edited by Lee Gurga/For The News-Gazette

Sultry solstice day

Still mosquito on my sleeve

Mortality's slap.

— Elizabeth Otto, Urbana