Those Who Served: Sailor's destroyer visited both theaters of WWII

CHAMPAIGN — In North Africa, Italy and Japan, Hubert Woolen served on the same destroyer, which crossed through the Panama Canal to serve in the latter part of World War II.

He was 17 and had moved to Champaign from near Shelbyville when the war started for America, with the Pearl Harbor attack.

Area update, Nov. 22, 2015

Housing authority board to discuss director's job

DANVILLE — The Danville Housing Authority board has called a special meeting for Tuesday to discuss the employment of the agency's executive director, Greg Hilleary.

Wired In: Ryan Shelton

On Sundays, staff writer Paul Wood spotlights a high-tech difference maker. This week, meet Ryan Shelton, 32, CEO of PhotoniCare, which was founded in 2013 to improve patient care, equipping physicians with better diagnostic tools developed at a bioengineering research lab here.

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, Nov. 22, 2015

We asked this week's panel: Aside from gorging on turkey and all the trimmings, what was your family's Thanksgiving tradition growing up?


Champaign attorney

Getting Personal: Theresa Tyner

Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Here, Theresa Tyner, the new director of the Danville Public Library, chats with The News-Gazette's Paul Wood. Tyner, who previously lived in Muncie, Ind., said, "I've reached the golden age of 50, though I remain 28 in my heart."

What's really exciting in your life right now?

Letter from Birdland: We should strive to live in a more hospitable world

In Birdland, it's cool but not yet crisp, though I think the forecast calls for falling temperatures. It's raining this morning, and the trees in the yard are mostly naked now, and I am thinking about the nature of autumn.

In the human calendar, it's a time for school, the rhythms of learning for the week, the complex emotions of bubbling nervousness, excitement and sometimes dread.

Studio Visit: Guen Montgomery

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist; this week, with Guen Montgomery, 31, of Urbana. The clinical assistant professor of art in the University of Illinois School of Art + Design recently chatted with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli.

Area history, Nov. 22, 2015

In 1915: George Herme told Champaign police today that his barn on North Champaign Street had been entered and his team of horses stolen. The bridles also were taken. He recently had purchased the animals from the fire department.

Top of the morning, Nov. 22, 2015

There will be more local flavor at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade than just the Marching Illini.

Champaign's C.J. Sizemore — a Colonel Sanders lookalike — will be atop the KFC float, a move that surely will help NBC's ratings.

"I have 25 first-cousins," he said, "and I'm sure they'll all be tuned in. I have a lot of friends in Champaign interested as well."

Area history, Nov. 21, 2015

In 1915, the contract for the excavation of the basement and the construction of the foundation for the new five-story Robeson Building at Randolph and Church streets has been awarded to English Brothers. They will commence their operations on Monday, at which time 15 teams will start moving the dirt. The excavation will be the largest in the Twin Cities.