Good Citizens winners announced

The Alliance Chapter of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution and the Piankeshaw Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution have announced the winners of the 2014 Good Citizens Award Program.

Studio Visit: Isaiah 'Mr. Sensation' Johnson

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Here, Melissa Merli visits with musician and radio personality Isaiah "Mr. Sensation" Johnson, 46, Urbana

Q: How did you get the nickname Mr. Sensation?

Class participants train brains, have fun

URBANA — Gretchen Potter feels both "grateful and graceful" about the free Dance for People with Parkinson's class she takes at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

The movements she and others learn there and then practice at home have helped, particularly with maintaining balance.

Hot Stove Banquet draws crowd of more than 400

Nearly 400 people were in attendance for the University of Illinois baseball team's Hot Stove Banquet at the I Hotel on Jan. 18. This annual event is hosted by the Fighting Illini Dugout Club, the official booster club of Fighting Illini baseball, and head coach Dan Hartleb. The 2014 Illinois baseball season was kicked off with the introduction of the team and coaching staff.

Top of the Morning, Feb. 2, 2014

Bill Keaton hopes to see his cousin at this summer's Corbin Bailey family reunion in Champaign. And he hopes Alvin Bailey doesn't come alone.

"I'd like to see a Super Bowl ring on his finger," Keaton said.

Business and professional briefs, Feb. 2, 2014

New jobs

Petry-Kuhne gets new management. Three longtime employees of the Petry-Kuhne Co., Champaign, have become owners of the business and will serve as its new management team.

Chris Uhlarik is the new president. He has nearly 20 years of service with the company, having served as an estimator and vice president.

Car dealers pick their dream rides

We asked folks in the car business: If you could spend a day behind the wheel of one famous ride — real or make-believe — what would you choose?


Owner. Sullivan-Parkhill, Champaign

Getting Personal: Frank C. Modica

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, Paul Wood chats with local poet and retired teacher Frank C. Modica, 60, who lives in Urbana. He has a daily poem on Facebook.

So ... what's new with you?

Area history, Feb. 1, 2014

Today is Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014. News reports from this date in history:

Local actor on the (really) big screen

'Jackson's Run,' a film featuring St. Thomas More student Richie Berner in a major role, premieres locally in front of an audience of his peers

CHAMPAIGN — When Richie Berner's face appeared on the big screen at Carmike Cinemas on Friday, it was the biggest screen to be had — 78 feet wide and 35 feet tall, where a pimple looks a foot square.