Music Q&A: Jim Wilkerson of Day 40

This week, The News-Gazette's Paul Wood chats with Jim Wilkerson, 38, of Decatur, whose Christian band is Day 40. Members are Wilkerson (vocals, rhythm guitar); Fred Saurmann (bass guitar, vocals, keys); Brandon Coventry (lead guitar); and Zech Miller (drums), who joined the band about a month ago, when the past drummer moved on to different things.

'Luke would have liked that'

RANTOUL — Luke Remington would have been 14 on Wednesday and in the middle of his eighth-grade year at St. Malachy School.

Leukemia, however, cut short his life on April 16, 2010.

Even so, he remains very much alive in the memories and thoughts of his family, friends and community.

The annual cancer walk, held the previous Saturday, bears his name.

Japanese storytelling event coming to UI

URBANA — Katsura Sunshine, a Canadian citizen who is trained in the traditional Japanese storytelling art of rakugo, will bring the unique art form this week to the University of Illinois campus.

Sunshine will offer an English-language rakugo performance at 7 p.m. Friday in the Knight Auditorium of the Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., U.

My Amish Home: Feeling the warmth of summer, family, friends

"And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it." Mark 18:34-35

Illinois Ancestors: 'Irish Lives Remembered' update available

The September 2013 issue (No. 16) of the free online e-magazine "Irish Lives Remembered" can be read/downloaded at

As in previous issues, this issue devotes many pages to genealogical research in a specific county; this issue features County Cavan.

Champaign's Khan moves up Forbes 400 billionaire list

Flex-N-Gate owner Shahid Khan has leapfrogged over Donald Trump, Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey and David Rockefeller Sr. in Forbes magazine's latest rankings of the 400 richest Americans.

Khan, who also owns the Jacksonville Jaguars professional football team and the Premier League soccer club Fulham, is in an eight-way tie for 122nd on this year's list — up from 179th in 2012.

Honors program this week at DACC

DANVILLE — The Danville Area Community College Foundation will host its annual honors program for scholarship recipients on Friday in the Mary Miller Gymnasium, 2000 E. Main St.

Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and the program will begin at 10 a.m.

Man gets makeover courtesy of Rachael Ray

FOOSLAND — When Dave Rueck of Foosland was a young man, he went to Lou Henson's basketball camp.

It was for tips on how to play the game, not how to do a combover.

Henson is famous for his "Lou 'do" comb-over haircut. Rueck was, too, to a lesser degree. But he and his family didn't necessarily like it.

So he went on national TV to do something about it.

For the retirees, Sept. 15, 2013

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Bodnar, 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 Services of Champaign County.

Letter from Birdland: And still we wait for the rains to come ...

If you want to attract tiny, blue butterflies, just pour some water on the thirsty ground and let it soak in. Soon the damp place will have a flutter of hundreds of them.

They look like some petals of chicory or periwinkle have taken wing. Only I think either of those flowers would be more peaceful in their flight. These are in a positive frenzy, and maybe it is the heat.