Melissa Merli/Art Beat: Breathing new life into old arrangements

I arrived a little late Wednesday night at The Iron Post for saxophonist Clark Gibson's latest project, Bird with Strings, an orchestra performing lost arrangements commissioned in 1950 for saxophone great Charlie "Bird" Parker.

Getting Personal: Jim Leonard

Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Here, 61-year-old rural Mahomet resident James "Jim" Leonard, the president and CEO of the Carle Health System, chats with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli. He said his job is to hire the best people Carle can find to ensure that it has the best health care available.

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, Jan. 10, 2016

We asked area Republicans: Are you a believer in the presidential hopeful still leading most party polls — one Donald J. Trump?


Parkland College board member

A great place to visit and explore


Here's a little trivia question: What was the largest European empire in the 15th century?

If you said the Duchy of Lithuania, you were correct.

Lickety split

Every year, the U.S. Postal Service rolls out a new series of postage stamps, likening them to miniature works of art.

Area history, Jan. 10, 2016

Today is Sunday, Jan. 10, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

It's Your Business: New base for space missions

Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of CU Aerospace. Its ongoing mission: to develop new aerospace technologies and commercialize and distribute them, to boldly go where no downtown Champaign business has gone before.

CU Aerospace, a technology company for the Space Age, moved to new offices on the fifth floor of the M2 building in downtown Champaign a month ago.

For the retirees, Jan. 10-17, 2016

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.

It's the time for the signs

The holiday season is over, and as the garlands and holiday lights come down the campaign season decorations are going up.

The March 15 Illinois primary is still two months away but candidates are already getting their names out on election signs along Champaign County roads.

Letter from Birdland: Taking in scenery on a chilly walk

In Birdland, the rain has stopped and the air has chilled. The warm and wet weather has kept our grass green, and the clover in my new corner is thick and full.