Illinois Ancestors: Irish genealogy magazine online

Anyone who is interested in Ireland or who had ancestors who came from there is sure to enjoy the latest issue of Irish Lives Remembered Genealogy Magazine. The July issue is available free to view and/or download at

DACC receives largest gift ever

DANVILLE — Danville Area Community College will break ground on a much-needed expansion to the Harry J. Braun Technology Center this fall, thanks to a donation of upwards of $3 million from an area resident with strong ties to the college.

Cube champ headed to national meet in Las Vegas

CHAMPAIGN — First and foremost, be patient.

"Most people, they get frustrated when things don't go their way. It's a trial-and-error process," said Ilkyoo Choi, who, as a high school senior in Seoul, South Korea, practiced solving the Rubik's Cube five hours a day for 10 days before he nailed it.

Updated: New director named for NCSA

CHAMPAIGN — The man who helped launch the Blue Waters supercomputing project at the University of Illinois has been recruited back from Moscow to lead the National Center for Supercomputing Applications.

New leaders for local private schools

Several local private schools have new administrators this year, and The News-Gazette caught up with some of them to ask them about themselves, their jobs and their hopes for the future.

Here's how they responded.

Christina Ellis

Principal at Holy Cross School in Champaign

Age: 42

Getting Personal: Mindy Manolakes

Each week, we offer an email Q&A with a local personality. Here, Paul Wood chats with King Elementary School kindergarten teacher and actress Mary Lynda (Mindy) Manolakes of Urbana.

What time do you typically get up? What do you do the first hour of the morning?

Studio Visit: Clark Gibson

Studio visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Here, Melissa Merli chats with saxophonist Clark Gibson. 

Q: You seem really accomplished for your age. When did you start playing the sax?

Business and professional briefs July 21, 2013

New jobs

Thopiah, Lohano join Christie. Dr. Prakash Thopiah and Dr. Takeem Lohano have joined Christie Clinic.

Thopiah, who is in the Department of Cardiology, has served as an interventional cardiologist in the Champaign area for 25 years.

Letter from Birdland: A wonderful stroll through the Windy City

Another day in Chi-town and I find myself back in Millennium Park. Later, Emily and I will take a cab up to have dinner at a pie shop.

For the retirees July 21, 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.