Letter from Birdland: New bicycle is a sound investment

Birdland is cool and fresh after last night's storms. I slept fitfully, watching the light show outside my window every time I awoke, even if I couldn't hear the thunder without my hearing aids.

The rain is gone, and the sky is bright blue with ambitious little clouds sailing east on a high wind, trying to catch up with the storm.

Ask 'Mimi,' Sept. 27, 2015

A reader asked about a guitarist who performed in Ellnora's presentation of Steve Reich's "Counterpoint." The reader said he had shaken hands with "a guy with white hair in a long pony tail and realized later" he'd seen him the night before with Paul Simon on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert."

Don Follis: September brings to mind Psalm 139

Every September when the weather cools off and the trees lose their luster, I think back to a long September night 20 years ago. I had just gone to bed at 10:30 p.m. when the phone rang. The man on the other end was from a church-based mission agency with whom my friends Ron and Carolyn Butler had served as missionaries in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Brett Eldredge: Favorite son

It was not hard picking up country music star Brett Eldredge's trail in his hometown of Paris. Everyone in the Edgar County seat 60 miles southeast of Champaign seems to know him — and love him. Here, staff writer Melissa Merli tells of her trip Wednesday to the friendly town, where no one refused to talk to her about the pride of Paris.

Sunday Special: The life of Daisy

CHAMPAIGN — Daisy noses through a flower bed wearing a girl's bathing suit over her bottom and rubber booties on her rear paws, acting as happy as any dog in the world to be outside on a sunny September morning.

Top of the morning, Sept. 27, 2015

I figured Arden Crawford would set off fireworks and streak down Windsor Road if the Cubs win it all.

I figured wrong.

"I probably won't celebrate," he said, totally serious.

Roll out the red carpet

CHAMPAIGN — Oscar-winning actress Celeste Holm and Broadlands-born TV star Doug Wilson appear in a movie that will have its red-carpet premiere locally tonight in Champaign.

Sandra Mason: Garden buddies

It's fun to play in the dirt with veterans in Danville

When was the last time you played in the dirt? At face value, it's a simple question. It's similar to questions like when was the last time you went to the store? When was the last time you ate at a fast food place?

Sticking together in time of need

TOLONO — Craig Justus drives a truck for a living but this week he parked it and climbed into a combine to help a good friend who's in the hospital and can't harvest his crops.

Area history, Sept. 26, 2015

Today is Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago: