Rich Warren: Remembering a sound innovator

Ray Dolby, who immeasurably enhanced our enjoyment of music and movies, died Sept. 12 at age 80. He held 50 patents and won numerous Academy Awards and Emmy Awards for his contributions to audio, video and cinema.

UI grad realizes dream of flight into space

URBANA — Mike Hopkins had been preparing for this moment since high school, when he first set his sights on becoming an astronaut.

At 3:58 p.m. Central time Wednesday, the University of Illinois engineering graduate and former Illini defensive back realized his dream, blasting into space aboard a Soyuz spacecraft with Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazanskiy.

Individual, groups to receive Humanitarian Awards

CHAMPAIGN — One person and three local groups will be honored this week at the Champaign-Urbana International Humanitarian awards.

Illinois Ancestors: Boundary changes can affect research

Genealogical researchers need to be aware of boundary changes in order to conduct successful research. An ancestor may have lived on the same piece of property for his entire life, and yet the name of that geographical location may have changed several times.

My Amish Home: Appreciating garden treats, secret friends

"Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies. She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her." Proverbs 31:10, 27, 28

Book fair to benefit United Samaritans employees

DANVILLE — The CUE Club — Contributions by United Samaritans Employees — of Presence United Samaritans Medical Center's Foundation will host a fall book fair Wednesday and Thursday.

The book fair will be held from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Conference Rooms 2 and 3 on the ground floor of the medical center, 812 N. Logan Ave., Danville.

Angela Davis to give lecture on UI campus

CHAMPAIGN — Political activist, educator and author Angela Davis will be on the University of Illinois campus Friday to deliver a lecture called, "Abolishing the Prison-Industrial Complex."

Davis holds the title of distinguished professor emerita in the History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies Departments at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

The 'Mini-Mes' who complete us

Note: This column originally ran in the Sept. 17 News-Gazette.

I came home the other night to find my computer full of links to sports stats and online draft information.

This is not unusual; I have lived with a sportswriter for almost 20 years.

For the retirees, Sept. 22, 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.

Free presentation set on exploring Illinois nature

CHAMPAIGN — Central Illinois Master Naturalists will hold a free presentation, "Discover Illinois — Exploring Nature" from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday at the University of Illinois Extension Auditorium, 801 N. Country Fair Drive.