Could the Fischer once again become king?

DANVILLE — As does the Virginia Theatre in Champaign, the even older Fischer Theatre in Danville virtually stores the memories of countless folks.

One is Marvin Blanton, who worked as an usher at the busy Fischer in 1950-51, before most Americans would have televisions in their living rooms.

The gift of hope

HOMER — On the really tough days, Lauri Umbarger looks for comfort outside. Especially on May 6, the day her son Brandon came into the world in a hurry, a towhead with an infectious grin who loved nothing more than hanging at home with his family.

Rob Kanter: Feast your eyes on beautiful birds

Have you noticed friends or co-workers looking a little sleep-deprived lately? Perhaps these same people complain of a sore neck and look past you into the trees while you're talking. You may be encountering birders caught up in the excitement of spring migration.

Walt Robb: Worth the risk

Walt Robb, who received a doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois in 1951 and went on lead GE Medical Systems, has written a book "Taking Risks: Getting Ahead in Business and Life."

Area history, May 10, 2015

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

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, May 10, 2015

2003 Big Ten Player of the Year, Illini basketball All-Century Team member

Getting Personal: Sami Anderson

Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Today, Sami Anderson, a 37-year-old Champaign lawyer, chats with The News-Gazette's Paul Wood. Anderson is leading the development of a blog titled Girlfriends in Caregiving, where short, humorous and inspiring stories from caregivers are shared.

Did you grow up around here?

Different views of motherhood

Today I applaud all of you mothers out there who try your very best to do what is right in your own family. What you choose may not be what I've chosen, but life is like that. We are all chugging along at our own pace, in our own universe, trying to make the best life we can.

Business listings, May 10, 2015

These applications for assumed business names were filed recently at the Champaign County clerk's office:

Advance Deck & Sunroom, 2603 Appaloosa Lane, Mahomet, by Thomas Parker, same address.

Davis Floor Sanding & Refinishing, 1727 County Road 1550 N, U, by Danny L. Davis, same address.