Area bull takes top prize at state fair

SPRINGFIELD — LF Fullback had an outstanding day at the Illinois State Fair on Friday.

The 2-year-old was named Grand Champion Charolais Bull. Dave Leffler, who raised the bull from a calf on his farm near Gibson City, said LF Fullback also placed high last year, as reserve champion.

This bull is huge — Leffler estimates 2,500 pounds, which is heavy for the breed.

Getting Personal: Michon Lindstrom

Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Today, 26-year-old Champaign resident Michon Lindstrom, a reporter at WAND-TV, chats with The News-Gazette's Paul Wood.

What do you love about covering the news?

Wired In: William Widjaja

On Sundays, staff writer Paul Wood spotlights a high-tech difference-maker. This week, William Widjaja, 19, an electrical engineering major and CEO of Tweetsense.

How did you get the idea?

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, Aug. 14, 2016

With 50 days to go until Robert Jones takes office as chancellor of the UI's Urbana campus, we reached out to 10 folks from his fascinating past and asked them to share their favorite story.


Boston-based freelance science writer and brains behind 1996's 'Studmuffins of Science' calendar, co-starring a certain 'Dr. May'

The Reluctant Townie: Bounce house emergency: The party's over

My elder daughter turned 5 this week. It wasn't something I expected to feel any particular way about, but her birthday forced me to confront some unexpected emotions regarding the nature of time, human development and what a rip-off it is to have kids when they are only kids for a couple of years.

Area history, Aug. 14, 2016

Today is Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

For the retirees, Aug. 14-22, 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.

MTD bus accident victim's care costs detailed

URBANA — Medical expenses and equipment that will be needed for the lifelong care of 61-year-old bus accident victim Patricia Marxmiller can be expected to run from $1.7 million to $2.6 million, a consultant told a Champaign County jury Friday.

Area history, Aug. 13, 2016

Today is Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1916, two more "joints" were raided by Champaign police Saturday night, and 14 arrests were made on charges of maintaining a disorderly house, being inmates of a disorderly house or being frequenters of a disorderly house. The raids were made at 5101/2 N. Walnut and 520 N. Market St.

Veterinarian back to her first love(s)

CHAMPAIGN — Several years after launching a local cat rescue called CATsNAP, Susan Norris realized she should have followed her first career choice, veterinarian.

So, with a master's degree in library science and years working as a librarian in Champaign-Urbana behind her, the 38-year-old Chicago suburban native and animal lover went in a new direction.