Studio Visit: Nathaniel Banks

Studio Visit appears first in print, in Sunday editions of The News-Gazette.

Getting Personal: Brian Adams

Getting Personal is an email Q&A with a local personality. Here, Paul Wood chats with archaeologist and historic preservationist Brian Adams, 53, of Urbana. Getting Personal appears first in print, in Sunday editions of The News-Gazette.

Mega Work-a-Thon at Empty Tomb March 2012

 Volunteers for Empty Tomb built 100 clothes cupboards for kids at the Apostolic Life Church in Urbana, IL.  Saturday, March 3, 2012.  The cupboards give the kids a place to store their clothes, shoes, books and things.  289 volunteers registered to do the work. The long term goal is to make 500 cupboards.

Group collecting supplies for tornado victims

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign County 4-H Federation is collecting school supplies to send to aid the victims of the Illinois storms. All supplies will be sent to the United Way of Southern Illinois.

Supplies can be dropped off at the Champaign County Extension office at 801 N. Country Fair Drive, Suite D, C, by March 20. The office will have boxes for easy dropoff.

UI Unofficial 2012

Images from the Unofficial St. Patrick's Day in the UI campus town on Friday, March 2, 2012.

Troyer: Investigation into anonymous emails mishandled

URBANA — A University of Illinois investigation into a pair of anonymous emails reportedly sent from the president's former chief of staff was mishandled, Lisa Troyer has claimed.

Bowling event back to aid Big Brothers Big Sisters of Champaign County

CHAMPAIGN — Dozens of local kids are waiting for an adult role model in their lives, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Champaign County has asked area bowlers to come out this weekend to help make that happen.

The agency is holding its 13th annual Bowl for Kids' Sake at Western Bowl, 917 Francis Drive, C, on Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoon.

Majority on council back naming courthouse for Burgess; final vote next week

URBANA — A majority of Urbana City Council members on Monday night said they hope to see James R. Burgess' name affixed to the federal courthouse.

Celebrities donate doodles for fundraiser

CHAMPAIGN — What do cartoonist Lynn Johnston, columnist Dave Barry, actor James Earl Jones and race car driver Mario Andretti have in common?

They contributed doodles to Doodle for Wildlife, the annual fundraiser for the Wildlife Medical Clinic at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine.

Some spots to see local black artifacts

If you're interested in finding African-American artifacts that you can actually look at and touch in East Central Illinois museums, don't get your hopes up. There aren't very many.

That doesn't mean that there isn't plenty of information about the blacks who settled in this part of Illinois.

What follows are a few of the offerings available locally: