Area history, Feb. 15, 2015

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

Getting Personal: Ron Bailey

Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Here, 59-year-old Champaign resident Ron Bailey, a farmer who owns Blossom Basket Florist, chats with The News-Gazette's Paul Wood.

How many children do you have at home right now, how many have you adopted and how many did you and Deb have when you combined your families?

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, Feb. 15, 2015

Thirty years ago this September, Willie Nelson and friends descended upon Champaign for the first Farm-Aid. With social media abuzz about a possible return trip here, we asked 10 farmers: What's the most memorable concert you took in to over the years?



Letter from Birdland: Cold, short days filled with chores

In Birdland, we have had a February thaw. Great piles of snow became slushy hills, then mud puddles, or rather, great sucking pockets of thick mud.

Studio Visit: Thom Miller

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Here, a chat with Thom Miller. The professional actor, who is finishing a master's of fine arts degree in acting at the University of Illinois, recently chatted with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli.

How long did you act before going back to school?

Top of the morning, Feb. 15, 2015

"Consistently recognized among the nation's best sports sections"

You'll find that atop Sports in each day's News-Gazette. And last week's results from the national Associated Press Sports Editors contest reaffirmed our place as one of "the nation's best."

Don Follis: Don't worry much about what people think of you

If you're around long enough and are willing to genuinely engage with people and not be a total recluse, you will discover people who don't like you. Imagine that?

Here's what's happening on the literary scene

East Central Illinois poets will read their works

Two local poets, one from Champaign, will read from their works at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Doudna Fine Arts Center Lecture Hall on the campus of Eastern Illinois University. They also will read later this month in Urbana.

Melissa Merli: Putting a spotlight on talented local artists

Jennifer Shelby sure is right about this: Many fine artists call Champaign-Urbana home, and more people need to know about them.

She helped in that regard by buying a share in the first-ever Community Supported Art program introduced last year by 40 North 88 West, the Champaign County arts council.

Area history, Feb. 14, 2015

Today is Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago: