Studio Visit: Jacob Bernard

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Here, a chat with Jacob Bernard, 16, of Urbana, a production intern at Urbana Public Television and a musician. The home-schooled teen recently chatted with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli.

Area history, Aug. 9, 2015

Today is Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Margo Dill: Finding true intimacy requires introspection

If you read one book this year, choose "Scary Close" by Donald Miller. Miller is a non-fiction writer best known for his bestsellers "Blue Like Jazz" and "A Million Miles in a Thousand Years." In "Scary Close," he shares how he learned to stop acting through his life and start connecting with people, and how this lesson changed his entire existence for the better.

Enough sea, sun and sand to fill a letter to Birdland

Last week, I wrote about my sojourn in northern Georgia, but after a very nice evening in LaFayette with my friend Emily's brother, David, I turned my little car south once again and drove all the way down to Valdosta in the southern end of the state.

Central Illinois Business' 40 under 40

Meet the Woman of the Year and the Man of the Year, selected by Central Illinois Business Magazine as part of its eighth annual Forty Under 40 Awards.

The awards recognize the achievements, leadership, innovation, experience and community involvement of young professionals.

Ask 'Mimi,' Aug. 9, 2015

Whatever happened to Andy Warfel?

The wildly talented Champaign County native is living in Portland, Ore., but spends half of his time in New York City. He's working as director of ideation and visualization for what he called a fantastic live events company called ProductionGlue (

It's Your Business: Divine Consign gets set for semiannual sale

Divine Consign will hold its semiannual sale Thursday through Saturday at the Fluid Events Center in Champaign.

Public hours of the sale will be 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Admission is free.

Business listings, Aug. 9, 2015

These applications for assumed business names were filed recently with the Champaign County clerk's office:

American Graphx, 2114 Fogel Road, Mahomet, Lee Jones, same address.

Assist Tutoring, 2125C Melrose Drive, C, Derian Silva, same address.

Derek Martin Hair, 206 N. Randolph, C, Derek Martin, 804 W. Hill St. #2, C.

Getting Personal: Alicia Geddis

Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Here, new Danville school district Superintendent Alicia Geddis chats with The News-Gazette’s Melissa Merli. Geddis took over in July from Mark Denman, who retired after more than 40 years in the district. ‘I don’t believe anyone in Danville knows that I won a campus pageant as queen in Rochester, N.Y.,’ she said.

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, Aug. 9, 2015

With Phyllis Wise on the way out as chancellor, we asked 10 University of Illinois grads: What's most important to you in choosing her successor? 


Fairmount financial representative and 2011 winner of UI's Lou Liay Spirit Award