New books: Richard Powers

Three authors will local ties have recently released new books. See Erika Hayasaki and Patricia Hruby Powell


Area history, Jan. 26, 2014

Today is Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014. On this date:

In 1914, more than 100 teachers and officers of the Sunday School at the First Methodist Church in Champaign met at a conference yesterday about increasing membership in the school.

Gollings guesses Grammys

For Grammy Award guesses, we turn to Ward Gollings, who has been booking and promoting bands and entertainment for more than 20 years in Champaign-Urbana.

He's now the longtime talent buyer and special events coordinator for the Highdive and Cowboy Monkey, both downtown Champaign venues that present live music on a regular basis.

News-Gazette names award winners

CHAMPAIGN — Former Executive Editor John Beck has been named winner of The News-Gazette's 2013 Publisher's Award.

Beck, who retired in November after 38 years at the newspaper, was given the award, which recognizes someone whose career has made a lasting difference to the company, at The News-Gazette's annual employee appreciation dinner.

Top of the morning, Jan. 26, 2014

Tom Ewing, who turned 100 in November, has a few years on Peyton Manning.

So if matched against the veteran Broncos quarterback on the football field, Tom knows his limitations.

"Even though (Manning) is getting older," Tom said, "I don't think I could catch him."

And the award goes to ...

Move over, Oscars. Actors in the four 2013 Champaign Urbana Theatre Company productions will receive Ginny Awards during “The Red Carpet Affair” tonight at the I Hotel and Conference Center in Champaign. Here’s more:

Area history, Jan. 25, 2014

On Jan. 25:

Top of the morning, Jan. 25, 2014

In Sunday's News-Gazette, our MIKE HOWIE catches up with former Iran hostage PAUL LEWIS as the centerpiece to an extensive "Whatever Happened To" package. Now 56 and still doing business in the area, Lewis was forthright in his interview, describing everything from the flight home to freedom to his dinner options in Tehran. "Some of the food was awful.

Area history, Jan. 24, 2014

On Jan. 24:

Top of the morning, Jan. 24, 2014

Brrrr. Double brrr. It's time to hunker down (Loren Tate term) and catch up on your favorite comedies, dramas and awards shows. Speaking of Loren Tate (Way), why isn't the honorary street designation being extended beyond 10 years? In TOTM's mind, once you name a street for somebody, you keep that name forever.