Area history, Jan. 4, 2016

In 1916, city directory publisher Charles Samson said that a crew of workers has begun work on the 1916 directory of the twin cities. Samson published his first Champaign-Urbana directory in 1910, and since has done so every two years.

Reluctant Townie: Set for takeoff: Best practices for drones

The Federal Aviation Administration estimates that more than 1 million drones were sold during the 2015 holiday season. If, like me, you were one of the million who became a proud owner and operator of an unmanned aerial vehicle, you may have questions about what your rights and responsibilities are as a drone pilot.

Getting Personal: Gene Robinson

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, 60-year-old Champaign resident Gene Robinson, the director of the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois, chats with The News-Gazette's Paul Wood. Robinson also is the Swanlund Chair of Entomology and Neuroscience.


Circulation director passes torch to N-G veteran

CHAMPAIGN — The longtime circulation director for The News-Gazette is retiring, and a veteran of the circulation department with nearly three decades of experience is taking his place.

Letter from Birdland: Will the water ever go away?

Are the lifeboats provisioned? If this rain keeps up, we may have to set sail from Birdland.

Domestic violence cases to be expedited

URBANA — Ask any police officer or deputy on the street and they'll tell you that rarely a shift passes without them being called to try to resolve a dispute between people who once professed to love each other.

Arctic expedition exhibition

URBANA — The Crocker Land Arctic Expedition of 1913-17, now the subject of a fascinating exhibition at the Spurlock Museum, would make good fodder for an adventure writer.

Area history, Jan. 3, 2016

In 1916, residents of the twin cities and other communities in Champaign County met yesterday at the University Auditorium and organized the Champaign County Vigilance Committee. The object of the group is to rid the communities of the illicit sellers of liquor and the keepers of vice dens.

For the retirees, Jan. 3-10, 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.

Area history, Jan. 2, 2016

In 1916, Champaign put down more than four miles of new pavements in 1915 and Urbana did almost as much. Champaign also laid more than seven miles of sidewalks, there being nearly five miles in one contract: the Southeast Champaign Concrete Sidewalk system. About two miles of concrete walks was built in Urbana.