Editor's note: This story appeared in print on July 29.
Two Champaign County Navy veterans who survived the sinking of their ship near the end of World War II in 1945 will be among a handful of those survivors to attend a reunion later this week.
Don McCall, 87, of Champaign, and Art Leenerman, 87, of Mahomet, will meet with other survivors of the USS Indianapolis at a reunion in Indiana's capital city from Aug. 3 to 5.
Getting Personal is an email Q&A with a local personality. Here, Melissa Merli chats with artist Jason Patterson. Getting Personal appears first in print, in the Sunday newspaper. In the July 29 paper, we'll have a chat with auto dealer Jennifer Shelby.
Studio Visit appears first in print, in Sunday editions of The News-Gazette. Here, Melissa Merli visits Christopher Carl, an artist and graduate student in architecture. In the July 29 newspaper, we'll have a visit with photographer Mike Holtz.
GEORGETOWN — School Superintendent Jean Henigman-Neal may be new to the Georgetown-Ridge Farm school district, but she feels right at home in a school setting.
"I love my work in schools," she said. "I have always enjoyed the opportunity to work with children and teachers and to be a part of their accomplishments and successes."
Willie Campbell has undertaken an ambitious project.
Campbell, a sophomore at St. Joseph-Ogden High School, is raising money for a 300-foot sidewalk across the southern end of the high school lawn. There will be a 10-foot extension going up to the veterans monument.
Campbell has been working on the project, for his Eagle Scout rank, for more than a year, he said.
CHAMPAIGN — Retired University of Illinois Campus Recreation Director and local comedian Tony Clements is taking on a new temporary job — leading the United Way of Champaign County until a new CEO is hired.
Clements, a United Way board member, was selected to serve as interim CEO after current CEO Lyn Jones leaves at the end of August, board Chairman Robert Mulcahey said.
CHAMPAIGN — Retired University of Illinois Campus Recreation Director Tony Clements will serve as the interim CEO of the United Way of Champaign County after that position is vacated by Lyn Jones at the end of August.