More honors from Urbana police

Joining Dennis Hatcher among those set to be honored at today's Urbana police awards ceremony: two of the department's finest.


After spending last year working as Urbana's animal control officer, neighborhood watch program coordinator and bicycle giveaway program administrator, Carr has taken on a new position this year: police evidence technician.

Teacher of the week: Allyson Bork

On Wednesdays, we'll spotlight a difference-making area educator. To nominate a teacher, tweet to education reporter @Nicole_Lafond with the hashtag #TeacherOfTheWeek.

This week...

Top of the morning, April 20, 2016

On Wednesdays, we spotlight kids doing good things in Younger Generation. Something to get you there:

This bit of breaking news from the first IHSA All-State Academic Team selection in Mahomet-Seymour High School history:

Go figure: April 19, 2016

A numerical look at local headlines


Changes that could soon come to Champaign's municipal code, pending city council action.

Volunteers needed to keep weather eye out

TILTON — All told, the National Weather Service has about 4,000 sets of watchful eyes to turn to anytime there's a major event brewing in central Illinois.

But you can never have enough storm spotters, says Rick Harper, severe weather coordinator for the Vermilion County Emergency Management Agency.

Scouts work was bridge to new career for honoree

CHAMPAIGN — When Emmie Fisher graduated from James Madison University with a degree in music more than 30 years ago, she had no idea her title would one day be president/CEO of a software company.

Openings for music teachers were scarce then, she said, so she went in search of whatever she could find.

Spotlight on Service, April 19, 2016

A look at area do-gooders. This week: Exchange Club of Mattoon

About the club

President: Laura Seils

Origin: Chartered in 1976

Meets: 7 a.m. Wednesdays at Pagliacci's Restaurant

Area history, April 19, 2016

Today is Tuesday, April 19, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Top of the morning, April 19, 2016

By John Dixon/News-Gazette photo editor

On April 20, 1996, the morning after the tornado hit Ogden, it was my assignment to shoot aerial photography of the damaged town.

20 years after tornado, former Urbana cops recall a shift for the ages

Jim Page and Mike Metzler can tell you exactly what they were doing 20 years ago Tuesday.

How do they remember so clearly?

Because on the evening of April 19, 1996, all hell broke loose.

Both worked for the Urbana police department. Page had been at a training session all day that Friday. Metzler's day had started in the wee hours with an unscheduled work task.