A family affair

CHAMPAIGN — In the summer of 1965, local carpenter Doug Williams could be found sitting on a sawhorse at a construction site, watching his father put finishing touches on the then-new University of Illinois Assembly Hall.

Things aren't much different for Doug this summer — except he's no longer on the sidelines.

Just 1 question: Sharon Isbin's first guitar

We asked Sharon Isbin, the artist in residence at Ellnora The Guitar Festival, about her first guitar. 

"I was 9 years old when my family moved to Italy for a year. When I began (lessons) a guitar was handmade for me because I was a kid.

Top of the morning, Sept. 11, 2015

High school football is back on WDWS. The Champaign station will carry at least three games this season, starting with tonight's Centennial-Peoria Richwoods game at Tommy Stewart Field. Tim Ditman and Michael Kiser will handle the call.

"There's been a good response," Scott Beatty said. "The sponsors really jumped on this opportunity. The sponsorships are sold out."

The guitar strikes a chord

CHAMPAIGN — The piano once was the top-selling musical instrument — until February 1964 when four lads from Liverpool performed with two guitars, bass and drums on "The Ed Sullivan Show."

A host of excitement

As Krannert Center for the Performing Arts gears up for today's Opening Night Party for the season and Ellnora The Guitar Festival, director Mike Ross took time out to chat with arts writer Melissa Merli:

You've been director of Krannert Center for 18 years. Why have you stayed here after having come from New York City and California?

Area history, Sept. 10, 2015

Today is Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Notes-Worthy: Kevin Corey LeSure

C.U. Bands and Fans' Terry Brown chats with local guitarist — and original artist — Kevin Corey LeSure.

When did you begin to get serious about music at what point did you know that it is your passion in life?

Heading north to Bear down

When the regular season opens at Soldier Field at noon Sunday, folks will already be tailgating, so Champaign-area fans need to plan to get up awfully early or stay in Chicago the night before.

And prepare to hate on the Packers.

The most important step is getting the tickets.

Top of the morning, Sept. 10, 2015

Tuesday's rainfall ended a spell of hot weather.

Sunday will go down as the hottest day of the year (94 degrees).


"The last sustained heat wave of the year," said Professor Jeff Frame, the University of Illinois' weather junkie. As if to prove his point, he tweeted a photo of snowblowers outside a big-box store on Monday.

Younger Generation: Celebrating the achievements of young adults in East Central Illinois

Rare indeed

Three members of the Boy Scouts of America Troop 402 will become Eagle Scouts at 11 a.m. Sept. 26 at the Hays Center in Champaign: Christopher J. Gillespie, Norrlyn M. Allen and Darrell U. Allen.

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