Those Who Served: Shrapnel got him twice in one battle

URBANA — John Ogden was injured in Vietnam, twice in the same battle.

"I left my body and came back," he says of May 12, 1968, when as a 19-year-old Army volunteer, he was hit first by shrapnel from mortar fire and 20 minutes later by shrapnel from a rocket.

Ogden, 67, was in Vietnam in 1967 and 1968, after going to Mansfield High School. His family was in farming.

Top of the morning, Oct. 26, 2015

I recall going next door as a child to the most unusual trick-or-treat stop ever.

Several kids went in a group, with this house the first stop. We all knew the family — I was lucky to be a kid in one of those neighborhoods where it was true that everyone knew everyone. The mom opened the door and invited us in.

Renovating old building sometimes proves a challenge

Lois Wacholtz was happy to get a building in downtown Champaign for $150,000.

Then she walked in.

"We stepped into a mess," said the co-owner of Christopher's Fine Jewelry Design, 122-124 N. Neil St.

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, Oct. 25, 2015

With deer season just around the bend, we asked 10 area outdoors enthusiasts to share their earliest hunting memory.


Assistant Manager, Champaign County Farm Bureau

Area history, Oct. 25, 2015

Today is Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Getting Personal: John Bambenek

Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Here, John Bambenek chats about information technology and politics with The News-Gazette's Paul Wood. Bambenek works for Fidelis Cybersecurity, where he performs cypersecurity threat intelligence. The 38-year-old Champaign resident also is the founder of a charity.

It's Your Business: Mahomet 'pizza theater' debuts

Domino's Pizza at 201 N. Lombard St. in Mahomet has completed its two-month renovation work and reopened with a new concept.

Mahomet Domino's franchise owner Seth Emerson said the pizza place has been reimagined as a "pizza theater" store.

For Emerson, watching a pizza get made is as much a part of the fun of Domino's as eating it.

Studio Visit: Angie Heaton

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Here, Angie Heaton, a musician and licensed massage therapist, chats with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli. Heaton recently self-published the book "OK The Snail."

Why did you write this book?

Reluctant Townie: Not-so-frightening monster matchups

For the sake of this week's column, let's assume the Internet is full of speculation on which movie monsters would win if pitted against each other in fights to the death.

For the retirees, Oct. 25-Nov. 1, 2015

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Graves, 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 Service of Champaign County.