Studio Visit: Scott Moore

Studio Visit appears first in print, in Sunday editions of The News-Gazette. Here, Melissa Merli visits with musician Scott Moore  In the July 15 newspaper, we'll have a visit with Bill Longfellow, a sculptor and artist who also helped design Big Grove Tavern.

Gearhead of the Week: Jesse Nickell

Jesse Nickell spent 8 years retrieving his uncle's drag racer from Arizona, restoring it and now learning how to race it.

Fundraiser set for Tyler McGill

On Sunday, friends of Champaign Olympian Tyler McGill are hosting a fundraiser at Pia's Sports Bar and Grill in Champaign (1609 W. Springfield Ave.) to help send family members to London.

Ameren below average in customer satisfaction

PEORIA — Ameren Illinois, the main electric utility company for downstate Illinois, again finished below the national average in a ranking of customer satisfaction by J.D. Power and Associates.

The Peoria-based utility, which serves the Champaign-Urbana and Danville areas, ranked 97th of the 126 largest electric utility companies in the country.

Champaign woman's heart beats true for the red, white and blue

CHAMPAIGN — Jill Knappenberger recently received what many of us would consider an unusual request.

Her niece asked, on behalf of her son, for the Nazi flag his great aunt had brought back from World War II, where she was an American Red Cross Clubmobile driver.

"I'm sorry, but it's already spoken for," Knappenberger told her. "I had only one, and a lot of people wanted it."

Getting Personal: Lyn Jones

Getting Personal is an email Q&A with a local personality. Here, Melissa Merli chats with Lyn Jones of Champaign, president and CEO of the United Way of Champaign County. Getting Personal appears first in print, in the Sunday newspaper. In the July 8 paper, we'll have a chat with Champaign Police Chief Anthony Cobb.

Studio Visit: Pamela Machala

Studio Visit appears first in print, in Sunday editions of The News-Gazette. Here, Melissa Merli visits with musician Pamela Machala  In the July 8 newspaper, we'll have a visit with Scott Moore.

Q: Did you want to come back to Urbana after you graduated from Oberlin?

Gearhead of the Week: Dwayne and Chris Buhr

After years of dreaming, Dwayne and Chris Buhr now share their love of cars and participating in car shows.

Central Illinois Daily Life: July 2012

News-Gazette staff photos from central Illinois in July of 2012.

On The Town: AMBUCS Neighborhood Nights 2012

Images from the June 27, 2012 AMBUCS' Neighborhood Nights Social at AMBUCS Park in Urbana.