Getting Personal: Dan Rodawig

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Here, 49-year-old Champaign resident Dan Rodawig, the director of international business development for Horizon Hobby, chats with The News-Gazette's Paul Wood.

Tell us something new you are doing that no one knows about.

I've made a career out of doing new things. If I told you, then everyone would know.

For the retirees, April 19-26, 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.

The Reluctant Townie: How to sidewalk chalk like a boss

Last summer, on a quiet June morning, I reached the pinnacle of my ability as a writer.

In this very newspaper, I published a guide on "How to Blow Bubbles Like a Boss," a piece that I assumed would take the world and its Internets by storm.

Letter from Birdland: Recapping my wild ride to Minneapolis

Birdland has been balmy, and flowers have been poking up from the warming earth.

Area history, April 18, 2015

In 1915, Charles Davis, alias "Teeters," was shot in the right shoulder Sunday afternoon while trying to resist arrest on a bootlegging charge in Penfield. Davis and Charles Broomfield allegedly came to Penfield Sunday morning, each with 2 gallons of Cherry Special whiskey that they peddled from the curbstone.

Danville's retiring schools chief feels the love

DANVILLE — When Mark Denman first stepped into a classroom at East Park Junior High School back in January 1975, he didn't realize it was the start of a 40-year-plus career with the Danville school district.

Denman, then barely 21, had graduated from Illinois State University a semester early and was waiting to enter the University of Illinois College of Law later that fall.

Living in Ebert's childhood home 'kind of cool'

URBANA — As a 12-year-old newspaper carrier, Josh Bubniak had no clue that Roger Ebert's childhood home was on his route.

Editor scripted own career path

Shevone Myrick's road to a bachelor's degree had a few more twists and turns than the four other Women of Distinction honorees she'll share the stage with at next week's Girl Scouts of Central Illinois ceremony.

Top of the morning, April 18, 2015

Austin Cloyd loved her Centennial Chargers. She was a big fan of Illinois basketball, too.

"I still have all her T-shirts at home," said her mom, Renee Cloyd, "so I'm going to make a T-shirt quilt — one side orange, one side blue — and bring it back. The students would get a kick out of it."

Put on your dancing shoes — and make sure they're sturdy

CHAMPAIGN — At Centennial High School, students have baked and sold cookies. They've sold thousands of candy bars. And tonight, they'll celebrate and dance with the public and some of the families they hope to see benefit from their fundraising this year.