Top of the Morning, Sept. 9, 2014

Thoughts about the new-look SFC? Tell 'em to Tom Kacich here and he'll get back to you

The 200 Level at State Farm Center — formerly C Section — is taking shape.

Area history, Sept. 8, 2014

Today is Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

What's cool in school: Aviation club has taken off

CHAMPAIGN — While most of his St. Thomas More classmates eagerly await getting their driver's licenses when they turn 16, Akshat Tyagi has his sights set on a more elevated highway — the sky.

The high school sophomore has been flying airplanes since he was 12. He plans to get his pilot's license in a couple of weeks when he turns 16, a feat he's been dreaming of for years.

This day in history: Sept. 8, 2014

Today is Monday, September 8, the 251st day of 2014. There are 114 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

Top of the Morning: From the archives

One day last fall, I was visiting family in Danville. Coming back to Champaign, I decided to take a detour.

Pride parade attracts hundreds

Downtown Champaign's first gay parade attracted hundreds of men, women and children Saturday, especially along Walnut Street, where bar patrons yelled their support.

Unlike bigger city parades, the event was meant to be kid-friendly and had no nudity. If any people objected to the parade, they were quiet about it.

Area history, Sept. 7, 2014

Today is Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. Here are events from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Getting Personal: Austin McCann

Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Here, 28-year-old Urbana resident Austin McCann, the general manager of the Art Theater Co-op in downtown Champaign, chats with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli.

So ... what's new with you?

Letter from Birdland: Growing season is winding down

Birdland is cool, and the skies are woolly and gray. I like it. We've had enough steamy weather to suit me. It's been too hot to mow, so the grass is long, and if the dew dries off in the sunless, still morning, I will mow a little around the house and trim up my garden path, the one I call my "Path to Joy."

Studio Visit: Susan Harbourt

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Here, Susan Harbourt, 39, of St. Joseph, a full-time jewelry maker, wife and mother of two sons, ages 5 and 8, chats with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli.

How did you happen to be nominated for a 2014 Martha Stewart American Made Award?