Cisco couple cementing memories of barn

For Larry and Ellen Coon, it's not a matter of if their barn collapses. It's when.

"Whenever the roof's gone, which is not terribly long from now, we'll probably tear it down," Larry said.

"You've been saying that for years," his wife commented.

Those Who Served: In Battle of the Bulge, 'if you want to live, you'll do it'

For the confusion of war, it's hard to top the Battle of the Bulge, where Chet Bleich and six other soldiers watched the Germans — supposedly on the run — overrun a nearby hill, and had only machine guns to counter the enemy's tanks.

John Roska: How does bankruptcy work?

Q: How many court dates will there be if I file for bankruptcy? What happens at those court dates? What can I expect at those court dates? What are the steps?

A: In a routine "Chapter 7" bankruptcy, there's only one appearance, for the "meeting of creditors." They're held lots of different places, so it's not necessarily a "court" date.

Don Follis: Opening the doorway to inner peace

Thirty years ago in the back of a coffee shop where I hung out with my coffee, Bible and journal at 6 a.m., I developed an unexpected relationship with a construction worker nearing retirement. While I'm not sure he ever knew it, he got me thinking about my own emotional well-being in ways that I have been exploring ever since.

Studio Visit: Thom Schnarre

Thom Schnarre, an associate professor of English at Parkland College, is active in community theater, including "Mary's Wedding," playing through July 18 at the Station Theatre. He recently chatted with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli.

When and how did you first become interested in theater?

Getting Personal: Rudy Frasca

Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Today, 84-year-old Champaign resident Rudy Frasca, who was the grand marshal in Saturday's Champaign County Freedom Celebration Parade, chats with The News-Gazette's Paul Wood.

Good friends brought film to life

The premiere of Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" at this year's Sundance Film Festival proved once more that, as with most things in life, timing is everything.

Area history, July 5, 2015

Today is Sunday, July 5, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Reluctant Townie: Happy holiday: Freedom to answer mail

Happy hangover, America! Hope you found time yesterday to blow some stuff up real good while wearing your American flag T-shirt with the cut-off sleeves and matching booty shorts. Don't worry about what everybody else says — it's totally you.

That's Entertainment: Spotlighting events in and around the area

Music scene

'Magic Flute' presentation

Grand opera returns to the prairie this weekend for the 13th year with the Watseka-based Sugar Creek Opera's presentation of "The Magic Flute" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Clifton High School's Harold and Jean Minor Auditorium, about an hour north of Champaign.