Business listings, Jan. 24, 2016

These applications for assumed business names were filed recently with the Champaign County clerk's office:

Andy's Handyman, 310 E. Chalmers St., Apt. 312, C, Andy Jiang, same address.

Big Booty Gang, 801 E. Oakland Ave., Apt. 107, U, Gordon Phillips, same address.

China Garden, 114-M N. Vine St., U, Suwen Zheng, 308 E. Green St., #804, C.

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, Jan. 24, 2016

We asked some of Illinois' all-time greats and big-time fans: What's priority No. 1 for the next athletic director?

Wired In: Thomas Reese

On Sundays, staff writer Paul Wood spotlights a high-tech difference maker. This week, meet Thomas Reese, 24, CEO of FlipWord, (

Main Street/Homer: This place really pops

Homer has a way of hanging on to its history.

Walk down Main Street, and on the south side, you see "1892" atop the Masonic building at Main and Wabash.

Homer Lodge No. 199 A.F. & A.M. has just refurbished the building with loving care. From an attic that had been left to the decades, members found enough cool stuff to make a mini-museum in the structure.

For the retirees, Jan. 24-31, 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.

Letter from Birdland: It's time to step up security for vulnerable flock

In Birdland, we have crashed right into winter. Yesterday, I woke to a windswept snow scape, so cold that ice crystals squeaked under my boots, and later, as we drove to town, waves of snow snaked across the road in undulating patterns.

'Boring is a blessing'

CHAMPAIGN — As things go, Israeli-Palestinian writer Sayed Kashua had it pretty good back in Israel.

Library events, Jan. 24-31, 2016

Selected events at local libraries:

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

Getting Personal: Justin Snider

Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Here, 36-year-old Danville resident Justin Snider, the associate pastor at St. James United Methodist Church in Danville, chats with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli. Snider oversees youth ministries at the church.