Former C-U residents return for Iron Post show

Theater major Nick Demeris couldn't have graduated college at a worse time — 2008, when the economy tanked.

The Champaign native didn't head for the safety of home, though. Instead, after obtaining his bachelor's degree from Illinois State University, he worked at a Shakespeare festival in Minnesota and then moved to Chicago.

Roofing Dog picks up small-business honor

ST. JOSEPH — Cory Swanson is not convinced bigger is always better.

Over his first 12 years in business, he built his roofing company to $2 million a year in annual revenue and about a dozen employees.

But in the four years since then, Swanson — whose company is known as both Swanson Roofing and The Roofing Dog — has been satisfied to keep his company the same size.

Music Q&A: Ezra Furman

This week, The News-Gazette's Paul Wood chats with Ezra Furman of Evanston, who will be 27 years, 36 days and 7 hours old as of his Oct. 11 gig at Mike 'N' Molly's, 105 N. Market St., C.

Q: Who are the members of your band? Any new ones?

Football on a smaller 'Field of Dreams'

You may remember a certain homemade baseball field I wrote about in early August, built on several empty lots in Savoy’s Prairie Fields subdivision by five enterprising Little Leaguers.

Since then, “Prairie Field” has shrunk a bit. And it’s now a gridiron.

Japan House to hold open house

URBANA — Japan House will have its Fall Open House from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, with a focus on Japan's quilting tradition of sashiko.

Red Herring reopening today

URBANA — The Red Herring Vegetarian Restaurant and Channing Murray Foundation will have a "grand reopening" of the Red Herring from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday (today, Oct. 2).

My Amish Home: Fall is around corner, and so are holidays

"A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall not escape." Proverbs 19:5

Beautiful fall weather! What more could we want? Except maybe rain. Only now it's probably too late to help corn production. Some corn is being picked.

Illinois Ancestors: Using Google searches varies with country

GenealogyInTime Magazine has a helpful article on the Internet that explains how Google works and also explains that Google runs different search engines in different parts of the world.

In fact, knowing the correct Google search engine might determine the success or failure of a genealogical search.

Bosnian leader calls for end to ethnic divisions

Chairman of the presidency visits campus between two other stops in St. Louis, Chicago

CHAMPAIGN — Dividing citizens, and government, along ethnic lines is not sustainable for Bosnia, the republic's current president said Tuesday.

Kenwood teacher remembered for compassion, giving

CHAMPAIGN — One Champaign parent remembers the late Kenwood Elementary teacher Paula Gaddis in a rocking chair in her classroom, surrounded by students.

She never stopped them as they scooted closer, Terra Larsen said.