Getting Personal: Jan Slater

Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Today, a chat with Janet Slater of Champaign, originally from Nebraska. She is the dean of the College of Media at the University of Illinois.

So ... what's new with you?

For the retirees, April 20-27, 2014

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.

Top of the Morning, April 20, 2014

Next Saturday's Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon gets all the headlines. But there's another long-distance run this week deserving of attention.

Woman kept positive spirit after being hit by drunk driver

CHAMPAIGN — Diane Smith planned to put on music as soon as she got home.

Perhaps "Happy" by Pharrell Williams.

The next order of business: "Just sit out on the ramp on my big, wide porch and let that wind blow through my hair."

Signing event set for local children's book author

Local author and illustrator Megan McNellis will be at Jane Addams Book Store (208 N. Neil St.) at 2 p.m. today, signing copies of her fourth children's book, "Ibex Idiom", and giving away stickers featuring characters from her animal-themed collection.

Here are five things you should know about the Fithian-based author of "Kiwi Simile," "Ant Adaptation" and "Anteater Analogy."

Party games, ice cream ... and horses

For family members, a way to share love of horses

URBANA — Katrina Olson jokes that her rural Urbana family decided to start a horse party business as a way to "subsidize their horse habit."

'Insurgent educator' to talk urban farming

Stephen Ritz calls himself an "insurgent educator," appropriate for the man who once brought a 22-foot snake into his classroom.

The janitor inadvertently let it out one day, and the school was closed for a week after it moved into the ceiling.

Man turns his hobbies into his business

RANTOUL — The 100 block of North Garrard Street in Rantoul is video central, so to speak, for Victor Torres III.

Torres has opened a video game store, We Play Games, at 115 N. Garrard St. Next door at 113 N. Garrard St., he opened Classic Video Warehouse.

Area history, April 19, 2014

Today is Saturday, April 19, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago: 

Search team puts holiday spin on sharpening skills

URBANA — If you think Easter egg hunts are just for kids, try finding a camouflage-painted egg stashed in a tree.

For the volunteer members of Champaign County's two-year-old Search and Rescue Team, this was training — with a holiday spin — to help keep their skills sharp.