Journalism department going through changes

Much like the profession as a whole, the UI Department of Journalism is going through its own transition.

Area history, May 31, 2016

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

Area update: VG names two to hall of fame

VILLA GROVE — Two administrators who had major impacts in the community are the newest inductees to the Villa Grove High School Hall of Fame.

Since neither is a Villa Grove grad, John Schweighart Sr. and the late Frank Norris were elected as honorary members.

Those Who Served: UI student who spent 2 tours in Afghanistan would 'do it all over again'

CHAMPAIGN — Caleb Carlson is new to the University of Illinois, but he's already served a couple of tours in Afghanistan.

Originally from the Chicago area, he didn't feel ready to commit to another four years of school after high school.

So he enlisted in the Army. There was that family military tradition, too.

State trooper performs taps out of sense of service, honor

It's a service that takes less than one minute to perform. But the memory Mike Atkinson creates by playing taps at memorial services and funerals is far more lasting.

"They call it the 24 most difficult notes for a trumpeter," said Atkinson, 48, who lives in Urbana with his wife and three children.

Top of the morning, May 30, 2016

On Sunday, May 30, 2004, our front page was mostly taken up with the tales of a determined bunch of veterans nearing the conclusion of a trip of a lifetime.

Richard J. Leskosky: I just wanted to see a movie

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me three times and I guess I'm a slower learner than I thought.

Studio Visit: David Warfel

David Warfel, 41, of Bloomington, formerly of Champaign and Tolono, is a lighting designer and owner of David K. Warfel Lighting Design. He recently chatted with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli.

What kind of lighting design did you do here at the new Papa Del's?

For the retirees, May 29-June 5, 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.

It's Your Business: Putting the personal in training

SAVOY — A new personal training studio has opened in Savoy.

Veteran personal trainers Josh Cox and Jaryd Lindenmeyer launched Swerve at 1215 Savoy Plaza Lane in March.

"It's not a traditional gym, so there's no membership and no joining fees," Cox said. "We provide one-on-one and small group training."