Hunters crossing fingers for better results

CHAMPAIGN — This weekend, Josh Young is hoping for better luck hunting than he had two weeks ago, when he didn't as much as see a deer.

"It was horrible hunting," said Young, who hunts on his own property, more than 30 acres north of Mahomet in an area typically known to be good for deer.

Top of the Morning, Dec. 5, 2014

You've already missed "Frosty the Snowman," "Santa Claus is Comin' To Town" and "A Charlie Brown Christmas." But the holiday TV season is really just getting started. Here are five upcoming specials you should DVR. Thank T.O.T.M. later:

"How The Grinch Stole Christmas"

7 p.m. today, ABC Family

Rotary pays for trees cut down at Savoy school

SAVOY – The Savoy Rotary Club’s unofficial motto is “When it’s time for action, we say, ‘Yes!’”
The club proved its point when two tall evergreen trees were cut down and stolen from the grounds of Carrie Busey Elementary School last Tuesday.

Notes-Worthy: Dan Wachtel of Not for the Faint of Heart

This week, Paul Wood chats with a member of a promising new metal band, Dan Wachtel, 15, of Urbana.The band is Not for the Faint of Heart, and this is probably their first interview.Other band members are Drake Maxson, guitar; Shon Valentine, guitar; William Penne, drums; and Syd Davis, bass 

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Presidential project was a bust

Paul Debevec isn't allowed to say exactly when he went to the White House to help make a 3D scan of President Barack Obama. He can only reveal it was some time last year.

But the 1988 University Laboratory High School grad can talk now about how the portrait, believed to be the first made in 3D of a sitting head of state, came together.

Area history, Dec. 4, 2014

Today is Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Top of the Morning, Dec. 4, 2014

My only beef with the Spike Squad, the rowdy student section that inhabits Huff Hall for Illinois volleyball matches, is their choice of newspaper during opponent introductions (above). Why not The News-Gazette instead of the Daily Illini?

Ogletree urges more involvement in civil rights issues

URBANA — Run for city council. Organize a demonstration. Lead a bus full of people to Washington, D.C.

"I need you to be a leader going forward," urged civil rights lawyer Charles Ogletree to a crowd of University of Illinois students, faculty, staff and community members.

Area history, Dec. 3, 2014

Today is Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Neighbors: Recognizing accomplishments throughout our communities

Award winners

The People's Choice award in the category of most original large tree at the Festival of Trees in Danville went to "Stealing Christmas," designed by Jessica Sampson and Jenny Marsh.

The Corporate Cup award went to the "Red Carpet Christmas" large tree designed by Dawn Ann Pricer and Barbara Rabka.