Former Monticello resident latest to hit 'Wheel of Fortune' stage

MONTICELLO — Tryouts were intense, the wheel is old and heavy, and Vanna White is "stunningly gorgeous, and also the nicest person."

Those are the impressions of former Monticello resident Kara Kamienski, who cannot yet reveal how she fared on "Wheel of Fortune" but is free to tell about her experience.

When breakfast became brunch, business picked up

Late Thursday morning, dozens of students in the University of Illinois' College of Business met in the commons area of the Business Instructional Facility for an event known as Brunch with the Deans, a reading week tradition started in 2008 by business professor Gregory Northcraft as a means of creating a sense of community within the college.

Area history, Dec. 11, 2015

Today is Friday, Dec. 11, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Arlington donation nearly triples wreaths for National Cemetery in Danville

DANVILLE — Tammy Williams couldn't have been happier after a call from officials at Arlington National Cemetery asking if she'd like more holiday wreaths for veterans' graves at Danville's National Cemetery.

"Holy smokes, that's wonderful," she said.

Pianist dedicates recital in Champaign to Alexander

CHAMPAIGN — Pianist Tatiana Shustova will perform a recital from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (2101 S. Prospect Ave.). She will dedicate it to one of her teachers, University of Illinois piano Professor Reid Alexander, who died Nov. 18.

What's in a name? Dec. 11, 2015

Each week, staff writer Marcus Jackson explores the origin of a local landmark

WDWS: Named after David W. Stevick

WHMS: Named after Helen Marie Stevick

Top of the morning, Dec. 11, 2015

Family considerations caused Matt Wettersten to think about a career change after five years doing sports on local TV. One that would allow him to spend more time with wife Amanda and almost-2-year-old son Logan.

Birth of a legend

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URBANA — Champaign County Board members may act as early as next week on a resolution asking the Illinois Department of Transportation to recognize the county's role as the birthplace of the famed Tuskegee Airmen.

Celebrating Candy Foster

CHAMPAIGN — Through his 55 years of making music, bluesman Candy Foster has helped many people by performing benefit shows, among them his annual concert for the Daily Bread Soup Kitchen.

Area history, Dec. 10, 2015

Today is Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago: