Top of the Morning, Oct. 14, 2014

— October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, pink is popping up everywhere.

On Sunday, more than 200 parishioners dressed the part at Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Champaign — including the pastor.

"I went to Macy's and got all our ministers pink socks," the Rev. Keith Thomas said.

Area history, Oct. 13, 2014

Today is Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Top of the Morning, Oct. 13, 2014

By John Dixon/News-Gazette photo editor

About six months ago. The News-Gazette purchased a quadcopter, aka drone or UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle), to use as an additional tool for the photographers at the newspaper to capture news and life in central Illinois.

Business and professional briefs, Oct. 12, 2014

New jobs

Carle names vice president. Cheryl Gerow has been hired as vice president for information management and data analytics at Carle.

She was most recently director of business intelligence for Dean Health Systems, Madison, Wis. She had worked at Dean Health Systems since 1997, filling several management roles.

Ask 'Mimi' Oct. 12, 2014

Mimi, I heard the host of MTV's "Catfish: The TV Show," will be appearing nearby in person.

Melissa Merli: Dean worried about threats to the arts

The performance, visual and design disciplines in public universities are fighting for their survival — and they will lose if they don't change their tactics.

So says Edward Feser, dean of the University of Illinois College of Fine and Applied Arts, who gave a talk earlier this month to the Krannert Art Museum Council at its 50th anniversary luncheon.

Getting Personal: Willie G. Comer Jr.

Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Here, Champaign resident Willie G. Comer Jr., the full-time executive director of Youth For Christ and a part-time pastor of Berean Covenant Church, chats with The News-Gazette’s Paul Wood.

So ... what's new with you?

Crowd-pleaser: Knox's company sets the stage

CHAMPAIGN — Brian Knox once made heirloom jewelry, working small and using precious gems and metals.

Now he's making art of a different kind.

He's painting with light and sound, operating Knoxarray Event Production. And when not on the road, he's making large sculptures at his "creative campus" in north Champaign.

Hitchin' post: Urbana family has turned barn into wedding hot spot

URBANA — It all started two years ago, when Leah Hudson's boyfriend proposed.

After getting the answer he'd hoped for, he popped the other big question: Where should the wedding take place?

"Honestly," Leah told her future husband, "I would like to get married at the farm."

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, Oct. 12, 2014

'Tis the season for pumpkin picking, haunted housing and trick-or-treating. With Halloween almost here, we asked these familiar faces to tell us about their most unforgettable childhood costume.


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