Still rolling with the changes

Bruce Hall came from Champaign, made his name in REO Speedwagon at Champaign bars, and makes a return to Champaign on Monday for a show at the Virginia — with his daughter's band as the opening act.

"Sara (Hall) and her band Upshot have become pretty darn popular here in Champaign. In fact, they'll be opening up for us at the Virginia Theatre," Hall said.

Area history, Nov. 5, 2015

Today is Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Top of the morning, Nov. 5, 2015

I asked Scott Miller what he'll be thinking as he takes the stage at Friday's "Dancing With The CU Stars."

"I hope I don't throw up."

"I hope I don't drop my partner."

"I hope I don't actually break a leg."

"I hope somebody hits the fire alarm and I don't actually have to dance in front of 500 people."

Finally, the truth spilled out.

Folk and Roots Festival: Feast your ears

URBANA — Matt Winters had just moved from New York City to Urbana when the first C-U Folk & Roots Festival took place in downtown Urbana.

"It was the greatest thing in the world to walk out of my apartment and see all these cool things happening outside my door," he remembered.

My Amish Home: Trying week with weather, technology

"Charge them that are rich in this world, that they might not be highminded, nor trust in certain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; that they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life." 1 Timo

County Market sale will end decades-long family business

DANVILLE — A long-time family-owned grocery business will come to an end when the sale of Covington Foods' six County Markets, including stores in Danville and Tilton, is finalized in January.

That's Entertainment: Spotlighting events around the area

Music scene

CHAMPAIGN — Once again, the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music at the University of Illinois a celebrates American Music Month in November, this year with programs under the umbrella of the topic "Illinois' Mavericks, Innovators and Pioneers Shaping America's Arts Scene."

The highlights include:

Teacher of the week: Erica Bryant

On Wednesdays, we'll spotlight a difference-making area educator. To nominate a teacher, tweet to education reporter @Nicole_Lafond with the hashtag #TeacherOfTheWeek. This week...

Meg Makes: Contest-winning chili will take time

Ben Leslie of Urbana recently won a friend's chili cookoff. When food and competition collide, I pay attention, so I asked him for his recipe.

He's been making this version for about seven years.

"I lived in Texas when I was a kid, so I'm a no-beans guy, but I do use tomatoes," he said. "Notably, my recipe calls for pork shoulder instead of boneless chuck."

Neighbors: Recognizing accomplishments throughout our communities

Nice touch

The Beauty Changes Lives Foundation and Massage Envy are helping five massage therapy students achieve career and life changing goals through the gift of education. Recipients of the Fall 2015 Beauty Changes Lives Massage Envy scholarship include Barbara Whiteman, Lincoln College, a native of Arrowsmith.