Student promotes awareness of tissue disorder

CHAMPAIGN — In Kat Williams' ideal world, she'd be able to do more things teens her age do, like playing sports. And she'd stop herself from growing any taller.

"I will put a brick on my head to make myself stop growing," she jokes with her mom.

Top of the Morning, Feb. 17, 2014: From the archives

There's an old Don McLean song that has been coming to mind lately for me.

"Winter has me in its grip," he sings. "Think I'll take a summer trip, on a sunny sailing ship where the shells lie in the sand."

I know a lot of us feel that way these days.

I'm starting to see pictures of palm trees and beaches and last year's summer vacation on Facebook.

UI professor was one of the 'Monuments Men'

"Monuments Men," George Clooney's new movie about art rescued from the Nazis in World War II, is about the real-life adventures of a University of Illinois art history professor and hundreds of others.

You can be among the few to see Edwin Carter Rae's photographs taken during the rescue, and read his account, which is now preserved in the University of Illinois Archives.

Area history, Feb. 16, 2014

Today is Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014. News reports from this date in history:

Studio Visit: Chris Taber

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Here, Melissa Merli chats with actress Chris Taber, 49, Mahomet.

Q: How and when did you first get interested in theater?

Don Follis: Asking for help is the first act of recovery

Even before I met Veronica Valli I thought I would like her. A friend told me the affable Valli is the Operations Director at First Presbyterian Church in Champaign. I discovered that Valli, having moved to the United States from England four years ago, is an experienced addictions therapist with 14 years of sobriety herself from alcohol and drugs.

Stories behind the winning photos from camera club contest

The News-Gazette asked all eight winners in the 13th Champaign County Camera Club Photographic Print Competition to describe their first-place entries. The photo prints are on display through Feb. 23 at Lincoln Square Village in Urbana; you can see the second- and third-place entries in a gallery at

Promise Healthcare awarded the first Wisdom Tooth Award

On Feb. 10, the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation awarded Promise Healthcare the first Widsom Tooth Award for the SmileHealthy program. Representatives from the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation were on hand to present the award at a VIP reception held at the I Hotel and Conference Center. The award includes a $100,000 cash grant.

For the retirees, Feb. 16, 2014

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.

A tether of training, trust

Volunteer, 17-year-old will navigate streets of C-U together in April showcase

Of the two dedicated runners, it's difficult to tell who's more challenged: the blind one or the sighted one guiding her.