Studio Visit: Thom Schnarre

Thom Schnarre, an associate professor of English at Parkland College, is active in community theater, including "Mary's Wedding," playing through July 18 at the Station Theatre. He recently chatted with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli.

When and how did you first become interested in theater?

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, July 5, 2015

We asked 10 grown-ups: What's the roughest, toughest summer job you had growing up?

1995 News-Gazette Farm Leader of the Year

Good friends brought film to life

The premiere of Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" at this year's Sundance Film Festival proved once more that, as with most things in life, timing is everything.

Don Follis: Opening the doorway to inner peace

Thirty years ago in the back of a coffee shop where I hung out with my coffee, Bible and journal at 6 a.m., I developed an unexpected relationship with a construction worker nearing retirement. While I'm not sure he ever knew it, he got me thinking about my own emotional well-being in ways that I have been exploring ever since.

For the retirees, July 5-12, 2015

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Graves, 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 Service of Champaign County.

John Roska: How does bankruptcy work?

Q: How many court dates will there be if I file for bankruptcy? What happens at those court dates? What can I expect at those court dates? What are the steps?

A: In a routine "Chapter 7" bankruptcy, there's only one appearance, for the "meeting of creditors." They're held lots of different places, so it's not necessarily a "court" date.

Area history, July 5, 2015

Today is Sunday, July 5, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Feeling right at home

CHAMPAIGN — Powerhouse vocalist Sara Hall and her band Upshot were based in major cities — Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Los Angeles — before they moved to Champaign two years ago.

It wasn't as if the funk-blues-rock band that played a July 4th show at Navy Pier in Chicago wanted to slow down.

Reluctant Townie: Happy holiday: Freedom to answer mail

Happy hangover, America! Hope you found time yesterday to blow some stuff up real good while wearing your American flag T-shirt with the cut-off sleeves and matching booty shorts. Don't worry about what everybody else says — it's totally you.

Letter from Birdland: It takes a team effort to turn the ship around

In Birdland, we've had good soaking rains almost every day. Normally, that's welcome this time of year, but today's clear skies and sunshine are more welcome.

Maybe these mild dancing breezes will take up some of the moisture that lies in the fields and the gardens.

All is green and blooming though, and today the humidity is low and the air is sweet.