Whatever happened to: Arthur Culver

Today, we update you on people and places from the recent past and decades ago. Here, former Champaign schools Superintendent Arthur Culver.

Tom Kacich: Light at the end of the Winter of the Dreaded Polar Vortex

Blame it all on the snowmen.

In October, before anyone even thought about putting out the creepy snowmen that infest — some say decorate — virtually every room in our house, the weather here was mild, actually above average.

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.

Whatever happened to: Jerry Slabe & Marta Carreira

Today, we update you on people and places from the recent past and decades ago. Here, former local television news anchors Jerry Slabe and Marta Carreira-Slabe.

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.

For the retirees, Jan. 26, 2014

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Bodnar, 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 Services of Champaign County.

Getting Personal: Prudence 'Prue' Runkle

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, Melissa Merli chats with 71-year-old Champaign resident Prudence 'Prue' Runkle, a retired kindergarten teacher from South Side School in Champaign. She is active in the Champaign-Urbana Theatre Company — for which she is chair of the Special Events Committee and co-chair of the Volunteer Development Committee.

Jim Dey: Book recounts the life of a stoic Cowboy

Complicated football coach lived a fascinating life

Tom Landry was the unflappable head football coach of the Dallas Cowboys for nearly three decades. He believed in God, family and football, the order of those priorities depending on the immediate issue at hand.

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: