Getting Personal: Mindy Manolakes

Each week, we offer an email Q&A with a local personality. Here, Paul Wood chats with King Elementary School kindergarten teacher and actress Mary Lynda (Mindy) Manolakes of Urbana.

What time do you typically get up? What do you do the first hour of the morning?

Business and professional briefs July 21, 2013

New jobs

Thopiah, Lohano join Christie. Dr. Prakash Thopiah and Dr. Takeem Lohano have joined Christie Clinic.

Thopiah, who is in the Department of Cardiology, has served as an interventional cardiologist in the Champaign area for 25 years.

Reluctant Townie: Not discussing Zimmerman - much

I was going to write a column about the George Zimmerman verdict, but pretty much everyone on Earth already published their opinions about it (be it by Twitter, Facebook or Anonymous Internet Comments) — and very little of those opinions are based on the facts and realities of the case.

Letter from Birdland: A wonderful stroll through the Windy City

Another day in Chi-town and I find myself back in Millennium Park. Later, Emily and I will take a cab up to have dinner at a pie shop.

For the retirees July 21, 2013

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.

Longtime library leader will be missed by staff, public

In the Sept. 19, 2010, issue of The News-Gazette, Anne Phillips wrote an article titled "Urbana Free Library losing a key asset," which discussed the retirement of longtime employee John Dunkelberger.

Now, almost three years later, the library is once again losing a key asset. After 21 years of wonderful service to the community, Phillips, director of adult services, has retired.

CUTC co-founder Doyle presented award

URBANA — The Champaign-Urbana Theatre Company recently presented a lifetime achievement award to Leonard Doyle of Champaign.

At the CUTC board meeting last week, the board gave Doyle The Guiding Light Award for his "unwavering vision and passion and his extraordinary dedication and service," said new board chair Sandra Jones.

John Roska: Agreed-upon divorce can be smoother

Q: One of your columns said it's possible to get divorced without the other spouse signing anything, or cooperating. But what if both spouses cooperate? If everything's agreed upon, how can they make it go smoother or faster?

A: Cooperation can definitely make a divorce go smoother and faster. Not necessarily cheaper, but easier.

Gearhead of the Week: Dan McGuire

Dan McGuire keeps a very special GTO at his home in Gibson City

Gearhead of the Week: Dan McGuire

Driver's license

Name: Dan McGuire

Age: 69

Residence: Gibson City

Occupation: retired from Clinton Power Plant; owner of McGuire Tool and Die

How long I've been a gearhead: "Probably as soon as I was big enough to know what a car was."