Daughter Alpha is soon to be 4, and she has entered the stage of her cognitive development where she is old enough to understand pretty much anything that is said to her, and still young enough to believe every word of it.
Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Here, Elis Artz, 42, of Champaign, the program coordinator for the University of Illinois' Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies, chats with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli. Artz is also a singer for Desafinado and Pagu, and an artist.
How were you able to bring Brazilian icon Gilberto Gil to the UI?
We asked former TV show contestants to share the story that always gets a reaction, no matter how often they tell it.
American Idol (2005)
Danville Schlarman grad
A new day spa has opened in southeast Urbana.
Owner Carmen Kirby said her new business, Breathe In Spa, opened July 16 at 2680 Philo Road, Suite G, in the Pines Shopping Center.
The day spa employs 10 staff members.
"I'm thrilled to bring many wellness and beauty professionals under one roof," Kirby said.
Bill Peithmann's pride and joy — a flag touting the Mahomet Area Youth Club — is tucked away in a plastic bag in his dresser. It needs the rest.
Last week, the 61-year-old Mahomet lawyer planted the flag atop Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. He reached the summit alongside his 18-year-old stepson, recent Mahomet-Seymour grad Logan McCann.
About two or three months ago, I mentioned in my column that I had been approached by a few readers (there were 11) who all had the same thing in common. They wrote letters, sent emails, called on the phone and talked to me in person.
DANVILLE — Deanna Witzel calls it the "coolest" thing she has ever done in her career.
OAKWOOD — Though Bobby Pierce has been racing since age 9, he hadn't done so in a truck until Wednesday — and it just so happened to be on the biggest stage of the 18-year-old Oakwood native's career.
Today is Saturday, July 25, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:
Amy Pipes had a strong faith in God that sustained her even through the most trying times, including her daughter Jessica Dupree's long battle with cancer.
She also had a passion for singing and playing music.