Business listings, Nov. 15, 2015

These applications for assumed business names were filed recently with the Champaign County clerk's office:

Back To Me, 804 W. Vine St., C, Jessica Foley, same address, and Donna Foley, 1709 W. Union St., C.

D & C Flooring, 138 Mitchell Court, Rantoul, Joel Cummings and Hector Domenech, same address.

Wired In: Lance Liggett

On Sundays, staff writer Paul Wood spotlights a high-tech difference maker. This week: LANCE LIGGETT, 26, founder of Hot Spot Response, a reliable, affordable, easy-to-use system for emergency responders to keep track of each other by phone. It also works with computers. He has been in fire service since 17, when he started as a volunteer.

Area history, Nov. 15, 2015

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

'80s flashback brings 'comedy to the people'

Marc Price, best known for portraying the nerdy "Skippy" on the hit TV series "Family Ties," sounds psyched about his latest comedy tour.

Just after having performed at Lake Tahoe and Las Vegas, he and Wayne Wiskow, another nationally touring comedian, continue to bring "comedy to the people" as part of their 35-city tour that will include Danville on Thursday.

Getting Personal: Peter T. Tomaras

Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Here, 81-year-old Champaign resident Peter T. Tomaras, an expert witness and consultant for the hospitality industry, chats with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli. While the former hotel owner has been busy at his third hospitality industry career, he's published two novels that are available at

Top of the morning, Nov. 15, 2015

On the eve of the two-year anniversary of the Gifford tornado (Tuesday), progress continues in the tiny Champaign County village.

Paul Buenting has fond memories of his grandparents' house on the corner of Park and North in Gifford. "Had a lot of Thanksgiving dinners there," he said. "Christmas, too."

UI grad handles Memorial Stadium flyover

CHAMPAIGN — The last time John Kerrigan was back on the University of Illinois campus, he sat in the stands of Memorial Stadium for the football season opener against Kent State.

Area history, Nov. 14, 2015

Today is Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

'Police can be compassionate'

The Urbana Exchange Club's 2015 police officer of the year is a 32-year-old, happily married, nine-year father of one. Or two — if you count his trusty canine companion, Hunter the drug-sniffing dog.