Learning and earning

CHAMPAIGN — New jobs available in the area that could make you happier and raise your standard of living? Check.

Courses available in Champaign to help you land those jobs? You bet.

Getting Personal: Tom Siegel

Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Today, 53-year-old Tom Siegel of Belleville, main owner of Jarling's Custard Cup in Champaign, chats with The News-Gazette's Paul Wood.

What interests you the most now?

Area history, July 31, 2016

Today is Sunday, July 31, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Wired In: Bruce Litchfield

On Sundays, staff writer Paul Wood spotlights a high-tech difference-maker. This week, Bruce Litchfield, 60, CEO of Sun Buckets. Its parabolic dishes collect solar power to be stored in an energy-efficient stove, the Sun Bucket. When he's not CEOing, he's a professor in the University of Illinois College of Engineering.

Who's on your team?

For the retirees, July 31-Aug. 7, 2016

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.

C-U haiku, July 31, 2016

By Jim O’Brien, Ann Hart and Will Reger

party nominees

string history together

the minotaur roars

— Jim O'Brien, Saint Joseph

Submissions may be made to with C-U haiku in the subject line. Include your name and city, which will be published with your haiku. Submissions may be edited.

Today's Special: Deli with pizzazz turns 40

MONTICELLO — Opening a deli had never entered Harlean Swing's mind back in 1976. The former Los Angeles girl who had moved to Piatt County had much different goals.

"I had come into some money, and I was going to watch soap operas, travel and gets lots of plastic surgery," said Swing.

Sandra Mason: Beneficial bugs

You'll find a lot of good guys in the garden

The good, the bad and the bugly. Despite common horror-show depictions, not all bugs are bad. Outside of horror flicks, the likelihood of a bug crawling into your ear and sucking out your brain is pretty remote.

Fair's been good to 3 generations of family

CHAMPAIGN — Doug Hughes led his pigs around the livestock ring so judges could watch the way they walk and stand.

A good hog is big-bodied, with large bones and muscle, and it can walk with ease. The ultimate goal is to find one that can help improve the swine industry.