100 years into life, he keeps moving

FITHIAN — Tom Harrold is slowing down just a bit as he closes out his first century on this Earth.

He only rides his bicycle two to three miles a day now.

Harrold, who turns 100 today, credits keeping busy — and his daily whiskey sour — for his longevity.

"I think it's important to keep moving," he said.

Notes-Worthy: Joe Funderburk

C.U. Bands and Fans' Terry Brown chats with musician/drummer Joe Funderburk:

You have been playing music and involved in the music scene for years. Where did you begin to play live in C-U?

Waltz this way

David Bowie said it best in "Let's Dance":

While color lights up your face, Let's Sway, sway through the crowd to an empty space.

Even if you felt like ballet as a kid was a flop, or you could never master the latest moves, there are several places in the area that offer adult classes.

Just 1 question: How are principals spending spring break?

This being spring break for many area schools, staff writer Nicole Lafond asked area principals: How are you spending your week off?

Top of the morning, March 24, 2016

In researching last week's story that coincided with the 40-year anniversary of a tornado outbreak in Champaign County, photo editor John Dixon commented on the dearth of images from that day. For example, A-1 of the March 21, 1976, News-Gazette had one picture of the storm's impact.

Final six films announced for Ebertfest

CHAMPAIGN — The final slate for the 18th Annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival includes a documentary on ex-fighters from the Middle East trying to find peace, Lily Tomlin starring in "Grandma" and a silent film that caused an uproar on its release.

There's also a documentary about activist nuns and a well-regarded biopic about the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson.

Area history, March 23, 2016

Today is Thursday, March 23, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Neighbors: Recognizing accomplishments throughout our communities

Match Day ceremony

CHAMPAIGN — On Friday, graduating students from 155 medical schools in the country were informed of results for the National Resident Matching Program.

The University of Illinois College of Medicine held its Match Day ceremony at Stone Creek Events Center. There, 29 students were given their residency marching orders:

My Amish Home: Husband Erwin gets an ambulance ride

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; having your conversation honest among Gentiles that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may be your good works, which they shall behold; glorify God in the day of visitation.

Working the fields

With spring officially here and farm activity beginning to pick up around the area, we asked three local agriculture types three things to know

Did the mild winter help or hurt in getting the season started?