Rally precedes start of Relay for Life

CHAMPAIGN — The American Cancer Society is inviting everyone to stand along Champaign's Crescent Drive, from Kirby Avenue to John Street, at 11:30 a.m.

Top of the morning, June 9, 2015

Staff writers Noelle McGee and Tracy Moss became part of the story they covered for on Monday.

The mess left by Sunday's storms included the newsroom at our bureau in Danville, the roof of which was heavily damaged.

McGee arrived at 7:30 a.m. Monday.

Olmstead lands judge spot

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URBANA — For the second time in a year, 6th Judicial Circuit judges have chosen a man from a respected Urbana law firm to take a seat beside them on the bench.

Where Am I? June 8, 2015

Every week, we'll show you a short clip of a spin somewhere in the area in a 1986 Corvette. Your job? Figure out where the video was shot.

Getting Personal: Clarence C. Buchanan Sr.

Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Here, 74-year-old Champaign resident Clarence C. Buchanan Sr., the retiring senior pastor at St. Luke Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in Champaign, chats with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli.

Area history, June 8, 2015

In 1915, control of the Illinois Supreme Court was regained by Republican yesterday in the downstate elections where the Warren Duncan of Marion replaced Democrat Justice Albert Watson. Frank K. Dunn of Charleston was reelected to the court.

Studio Visit: Sasha Steinberg and John Jacob Lee

Studio Visit is a Q&A with local artists. Here, former Urbana resident Sasha Steinberg, 27, and his partner, John Jacob Lee, 31, both of Brooklyn, N.Y., chats with Melissa Merli. Steinberg and Lee recently launched their new magazine, Vym, about drag art and culture, at Figure One in Champaign.

Why did you launch Vym in C-U?

Those Who Served: For Marine in Pacific, aftermath just as bad as battles

URBANA — As Marine Roy Charles fought his way across the Pacific, it became clearer and clearer that the tide was turning for the American side.

The Japanese had ignited the war with a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, then quickly taken Singapore and the Philippines. The Pacific had become their ocean, and there were fears that our West Coast could be attacked.

Area history, June 7, 2015

In 1915, Gus Porter, a Negro porter employed at the J.M. Kaufman & Co. store, was taken into custody Sunday on account of being insane and is now at the county jail. He is suffering from a religious mania and spent all of last night preaching and praying. He came here from St. Louis where he was engaged in the undertaking business.

For the retirees, June 7-14, 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.