Notes-Worthy: Jeff Maccora

This week, Paul Wood chats with Jeff Maccora, a Los Angeles-based musician/composer and member of Mansions On The Moon. He has recorded three releases with Mansions On The Moon, including “Full Moon EP” and “Lost and Found,” and a new one just coming out.Maccora has also done other work, including scoring a short film for Lexus/The Weinstein Company, which prem

Area history, Nov. 13, 2014

Today is Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years later.

First female Danville officer, city's mayor to be honored on school's Wall of Fame

DANVILLE — When Romadell McNair Austin attended Danville High School, she and other black students weren't allowed in its swimming pool.

Now 73 years later, Austin's picture will be placed in the school's main hallway alongside other distinguished alumni who are members of the Wall of Fame.

"This is quite a surprise — a pleasant surprise," Austin said. "I'm truly honored."

Top of the Morning, Nov. 13, 2014

— This Sunday's News-Gazette will include our 24-page tribute to Gifford and its remarkable comeback from last November's tornado.

The cover photo sums up the village's can-do attitude. On short notice, we asked those from and around Gifford to gather downtown on a Sunday morning in late October. Main Street never had a chance, more than 230 friendly faces showing up in purple.

UI nursing administrator turning focus to teaching, research on diabetes

CHAMPAIGN — For more than two decades, local nurse practitioner Sandra Burke has been teaching and writing about a disease that has escalated to epidemic proportion — diabetes.

Area history, Nov. 12, 2014

Today is Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

World is discovering 'Operation' creator


John Spinello created the game Operation as a University of Illinois sophomore, and this month he's getting the credit he deserves.

Spinello, 77, lives in the Chicago suburbs. He'll have a booth starting next week at the 10th Chicago Toy & Game Fair, billed as the nation's largest public play event.

Teen tackles task: 100 Thanksgiving meals

RURAL DANVILLE — The challenge was thrown down in August: Provide a Thanksgiving Day dinner to 100 families in your community.

A daunting task to many people, particular a busy teen.

But Cassidy Bryant accepted it without hesitation.

Neighbors: Recognizing accomplishments in our communities

Starring roles

Jessa Hendricker of Clinton stars as Mrs. Warren in Olivet Nazarene University's upcoming production of "The Boys Next Door." She is a sophomore majoring in communication studies with a concentration in corporate communications at Olivet.

My Amish Home: Mourning a loss as autumn chores end

"Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honor preferring one another; not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality." Romans 12:10-13