Getting Personal: Marian Wyatt

Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Here, a chat with 50-year-old Champaign resident Marian Kuethe Wyatt, who teaches music at Centennial High School. She instructs four choirs and teaches a music technology class, which includes audio and video editing.

Where did you grow up and what made you fall in love with music?

C-U Haiku, June 1, 2014

Edited by Lee Gurga/For The News-Gazette

While I was shaving

the cardinal's red razor flew

Slashing the oak leaves

— Dane Richardson, Champaign

Business and professional briefs, June 1, 2014

New jobs

Carle promotes Salmons. Dr. Sally Salmons has been appointed medical director of primary care, pediatric subspecialties and regional health, at Carle.

Studio Visit: Erica Young

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Here, a chat with Erica Young, 22, of Charleston, who grew up in Danville, graduated from Oakwood High School and from Eastern Illinois University this spring with a bachelor's degree in fine arts. 

Q: I heard you're going to the New York Academy of Art this fall. Why did you choose that program?

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, June 1, 2014

After turning their tassels and hanging up their gowns, these college-bound senior class presidents gave us the top three items in their bucket lists for the next 10 years. (Here are last week's answers.)



Tom Kacich: 'Angel' pays it forward for stranger

Roger Karr says he met an angel last week who helped him during a time of distress, then suddenly disappeared.

It happened at, of all places, the county treasurer's office at the Brookens Center in Urbana.

Ask Tom about this story here

For the retirees, June 1-8, 2014

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Bodnar, 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 Services of Champaign County.

Letter from Birdland: 13 years of school went by quickly

The parade of flowers is proceeding in Birdland. Irises (Nanny's pale purple irises, with the powdery, grape scent) border the house, and a greater variety of the flowers — almost black to two-tone purple and brown — line my garden path out back.

Area history, June 1, 2014

Today is Sunday, June 1, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Reluctant Townie: More adventures from Music City

And now for the death-defying conclusion to last week's cliffhanger, "Reluctant Townie Goes to Nashville ... and Doesn't Pack His Cooler Properly":