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New books: Patricia Hruby Powell

Three authors will local ties have recently released new books. See Erika Hayasaki and Richard Powers.

PATRICIA HRUBY POWELL

New books: Richard Powers

Three authors will local ties have recently released new books. See Erika Hayasaki and Patricia Hruby Powell

RICHARD POWERS.

News-Gazette names award winners

CHAMPAIGN — Former Executive Editor John Beck has been named winner of The News-Gazette's 2013 Publisher's Award.

Beck, who retired in November after 38 years at the newspaper, was given the award, which recognizes someone whose career has made a lasting difference to the company, at The News-Gazette's annual employee appreciation dinner.

On the Town: Local group hosts annual celebration, awards program

On Jan. 17, the Association of Fundraising Professionals East Central Illinois Chapter (AFPECI) hosted National Philanthropy Day at the Champaign Country Club, an annual celebration and awards program to identify and recognize outstanding philanthropic achievements by individuals and organizations in the area.

Business and professional briefs, Jan. 26, 2014

New jobs

Ratio Architects promotes Carey. Clif Carey has been promoted to senior associate by Ratio Architects.

The company said Carey's leadership and involvement in marketing have been integral to the growth of the Champaign studio.

Carey joined Ratio in 2007 after working as campus architect at the University of Illinois.

Tom Kacich: Light at the end of the Winter of the Dreaded Polar Vortex

Blame it all on the snowmen.

In October, before anyone even thought about putting out the creepy snowmen that infest — some say decorate — virtually every room in our house, the weather here was mild, actually above average.

Gollings guesses Grammys

For Grammy Award guesses, we turn to Ward Gollings, who has been booking and promoting bands and entertainment for more than 20 years in Champaign-Urbana.

He's now the longtime talent buyer and special events coordinator for the Highdive and Cowboy Monkey, both downtown Champaign venues that present live music on a regular basis.

Jim Dey: Book recounts the life of a stoic Cowboy

Complicated football coach lived a fascinating life

Tom Landry was the unflappable head football coach of the Dallas Cowboys for nearly three decades. He believed in God, family and football, the order of those priorities depending on the immediate issue at hand.

Letter from Birdland: Our house is becoming a chicken coop

When I left you last week, my husband had just dived into a snowdrift to rescue one of the wild chickens from the blizzard. We have a cockerel and a pullet who don't always go in the coop. We discovered, two days into the blizzard, that they were outside.

For the retirees, Jan. 26, 2014

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Bodnar, 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 Services of Champaign County.