Common Ground's director will stay in town when she switches jobs

URBANA — Common Ground Co-Op's general manager will remain in Urbana when she takes a new job with the Food Co-Op Initiative in May.

Jacqueline Hannah said Friday that she will work from an office at her home when she becomes a co-op development specialist with the initiative on May 18.

Weekend update: Happy homecoming

Former Bement Country Opry singer Shonna Bonds, now performing and living in Branson, Mo., will return to Bement to perform tonight at the Opry. "She's a super singer," Bement Country Opry drummer and web manager Michael Brake says. Here's the scoop, courtesy staff writer Melissa Merli:

Ex-NFL player here on Saturday

CHAMPAIGN — Want to add a genuine Super Bowl winner to your pre-game lineup this weekend?

Former NFL offensive lineman Alan Veingrad will be in Champaign on Saturday afternoon to share his story and reflections on the game, and maybe even pass around his Super Bowl ring for people to try on or see up close.

Area history, Jan. 30, 2015

Today is Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Top of the Morning, Jan. 30, 2015

The News-Gazette is invited to a party today at Hooters. So is the rest of Champaign-Urbana.

The occasion? To celebrate the work of Champaign Central and Illinois alum Jenell Hendrix.

Hendrix is the 2015 Hooters Girl of the Year.

Comfort in a bag

ST. JOSEPH — When 9-year-old Will Page used to go for chemotherapy at St. Louis Children's Hospital, he had something to look forward to after his treatments — being able to choose a toy from a hospital treasure chest.

Old flagpole may get new chance to shine

CHAMPAIGN — High above the Armory's south entrance stands a lonesome, rusted flagpole.

No flag has flown there for some time and one group is working to change that.

"We want to restore the original flagpole and put it into operation so we can fly the stars and stripes again," said Eric Stetson, a military science professor at the University of Illinois.

Food co-op's manager leaving

URBANA — The general manager of Common Ground Food Co-Op plans to leave in May to take a new job with the Food Co-Op Initiative, Common Ground's board of directors announced.

Jacqueline Hannah has accepted a position as a co-op development specialist with the initiative, a national organization that advises startup cooperatives.

Notes-Worthy: Lou DiBello

C.U. Bands and Fans’ Terry Brown Talks with Lou DiBello. DiBello, who has been playing in the Champaign-Urbana area for several years, currently is in ESP band as well as with David Howie & The Live Jukebox Show

Give me a little history on yourself. Where are you from, and why do you play the local scene?

Area history, Jan. 29, 2015

Today is Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1915: Petitions asking that Champaign change its city government from the aldermanic to the commission form were filed today with Judge Roy Freeman. The petitions bore the signatures of approximately 400 voters, including Isaac Kuhn. Many of those who signed were women.