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.

Field forecast

With harvest season upon us, The News-Gazette's Tim Mitchell rounded up five local farmers for a preview of what's to come.

Your prediction: The price of corn this fall will end up at ...

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.

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.

For the retirees, Sept. 27-Oct. 4, 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.

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."

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.

Area history, Sept. 26, 2015

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

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?