Welcome home, Dick Van Dyke

The Hollywood icon whose grinning face adorns a mural in downtown Danville is due back home today — in the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, no less.

From 'flunky' to fixture

Sixty-five years ago this month, a Gifford girl three days removed from high school took a job at the local bank.

Her unofficial title? "Flunky," cracked 82-year-old Mille Roseman, who spent 46 years at Gifford State Bank and still sits on its board of directors.

Area history, June 23, 2016

Today is Thursday, June 23, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago.

Notes-Worthy: Julia Degler

C.U. Bands and Fans' Terry Brown chats with Julia Degler:

Being a mother of teenagers (one being non-verbal autistic) and being so successful in your career and music, what drives you the most to keep bringing excellence in your music and all you do?

Here's how to get the blues

CHAMPAIGN — Mike Galloway and others at Fluid Event Center had a theme going for the 2016 Blues, Brews and BBQ Festival.

But they "tossed it out the window" as soon as they booked The Fabulous Thunderbirds and Reverend Horton Heat.

Just 1 question: Why do you enjoy making art?

This week, aspiring artists are exploring a range of media and techniques at Studio 101: Creating the Artist of Tomorrow, a summer art camp at Danville Area Community College.

Many see monument as a way to say 'thank you'

MAHOMET — Dressed in black pants and a black T-shirt covered by a black leather vest, Jim Dukich stepped away from The Wall That Heals on Wednesday to reflect on his contemporaries who didn't make it back from the war in Vietnam.

Top of the morning, June 23, 2016

When you flip on WDWS 1400-AM and WHMS 97.5-FM during this year's Fourth of July fireworks show outside Memorial Stadium, make a toast to Champaign's Scott Wyatt.

UI releases Whitman's contract

CHAMPAIGN — Annual compensation of up to $800,000, two courtesy cars and a $1 million buyout for leaving are among the highlights of Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman's five-year contract, which was obtained by The News-Gazette on Wednesday.

A moving tribute

This morning, a five-day tribute to those who served in Vietnam kicks off with a procession through Champaign County. Here's more on "The Wall That Heals," a replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in the nation's capital: