Getting Personal: Peter Blackmon

The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli chats with Peter Angelo Blackmon, 41, of Danville, the general manager of the David S. Palmer Arena and the co-owner of SCP Records.

What time do you typically get up? What do you do the first hour of the morning?

Perrino tribute airs Thursday

URBANA — WILL-TV will pay tribute to the late Dan Perrino in a new program airing at 8 p.m. Thursday, called "Medicare Man: Remembering Dan Perrino and Medicare 7, 8 or 9."

For the retirees, Aug. 18, 2013

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Bodnar, 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 Services of Champaign County.

Reluctant Townie: A review of the Crystal Lake Park Family Aquatics Center

Looking back, it seems that a majority of my childhood summers were experienced in two locations: the arcade of Skateland and Crystal Lake Pool.

It's Your Business: Minneci's coming to southwest Champaign

Minneci's Ristorante plans to open a second location at Champaign's Village at the Crossing as soon as the first week of September, owner Rob Meister said.

The original restaurant, at the northwest corner of First Street and Springfield Avenue in Champaign, will continue to operate, Meister said.

Catlin man has seen — and heard — all of society's changes

CATLIN — In Chuck Inman's barber chair, you get a good haircut and a good conversation.

This month, Inman is celebrating his 50th year in the tonsorial arts. Actually, he's been in Catlin a relatively shorter time — only 47 years. Before that, he was in Tilton, and before that, high school in Paris.

He is a barber who does house calls.

Tom Kacich: A 100-year-old tale of murder

There's always a danger in calling one local event the most spectacular or compelling or mysterious, but the murder of young Harold Shaw 100 years ago this month set off a chain of events that is hard to beat for sheer variety and longevity.

Father, daughter cycle at Indianapolis Speedway

RANTOUL — Thirty-five miles an hour isn't all that fast at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Not in a car anyway.

On a bike? That's another story.

Sara Simpkins got to speed along in the mid-30s on her bike earlier this year. And she got to do it for a good cause.

Melissa Merli: Difficult to sum up some folks in just a few words

How do you sum up a person like Erma Bridgewater or a young artist like Quinn Koeneman in a short newspaper story?

It seems nearly impossible to record for posterity all the facts, all the nuances, all the feelings. Though I try.

New director's focus on strong alumni network

Veteran fundraiser currently on staff at children's home

CHAMPAIGN — The new executive director of the Parkland College Foundation says she hopes to build a strong alumni network to help expand the college's fundraising efforts.

Linda Myette, a veteran fundraiser and educator with experience at other universities, was appointed this week by the Parkland College Foundation board.