Getting Personal: Kelly Eddington

Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Here, 46-year-old St. Joseph resident Kelly Eddington chats with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli. Eddington is an artist who will soon start painting a commissioned double portrait of a father and daughter where they're both facing away from the viewer.

Grammy regulars

CHAMPAIGN — After Richard Martin and Meagan Hennessey received a 2006 Grammy nomination for Best Historical Album, they figured they would stay home and watch the awards ceremony on TV.

"Then we thought, 'Well, that's stupid,'" Hennessey remembered.

Melissa Merli: Forget the snub; 'Selma' teaches crucial lessons

Having seen the movie "Selma" on Monday at the Art Theater Co-op and the actual Edmund Pettus Bridge in that Alabama city in the '80s, "Selma" resonated with me.

Not so much as a movie or dramatization of the events. For some reason, I failed to feel stirred except over the archival footage in the movie of the 1965 march over the Selma bridge to the state capital of Montgomery.

CEO oversaw years of change

CHAMPAIGN — Human Kinetics — and the publishing industry — changed greatly during Brian Holding's 17 years as CEO.

"The greatest challenge has been in the last six years when we, as a business, faced tremendous transformation in our industry," said Holding, 62, of Champaign. "It changed the way we produce books. It changed what we produced. It changed to whom we sell."

Top of the morning, Feb. 1, 2015


Area history, Jan. 31, 2015

Today is Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

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:

Do-it-all worker at Prairieview-Ogden up for national honor

ROYAL — If a student has a bloody nose, a teacher is waiting to be paid, the superintendent needs to file a report or the district office phone is ringing off the hook, the students and employees of the Prairieview-Ogden school district all turn to one woman: Debra Harms-Siuts.

Some items should stay put

In a recent column, I wrote about things I would not get rid of, and I don't have a choice in the matter with many of these items, because they are now part of the house.

This led to a lot of questions, like: Why can't you dismantle them?

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.