Traditional lecture class transforms into interactive experience

URBANA — Some people plug away all day trying to log 10,000 steps on their Fitbits.

Brian Quick knocks out more than half that in one 50-minute lecture class.

"I move around, and my Fitbit will reflect that," says the University of Illinois communication professor, who guesses he's logged up to 6,000 steps in one lecture.

Area history, April 26, 2016

Today is Tuesday, April 26, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

This day in history, April 26, 2016

Today is Tuesday, April 26, the 117th day of 2016.

There are 249 days left in the year.

Today's highlight:

Go figure: April 26, 2016

A numerical look at local headlines


Special guests coming to Campustown this week — from both coasts ... and beyond.

Top of the morning, April 26, 2016

A tribute to Prince appeared over the weekend on the side of an electrical box north of The News-Gazette, someone going to a lot of work — and a lot of glue — to honor the late musician.

The end of a way of life

CAMARGO — The closing of a general store that's served Camargo for nearly 70 years will mean much more than an empty building on Main Street.

For residents in this small, cozy Douglas County community, the end of business Saturday will also mark the end of a way of life here.

Area history, April 25, 2016

In 1916, authorities in Kankakee have found no trace of Gus Penman, the slayer of Harold Shaw of Urbana, who escaped Saturday night from the Kankakee County Jail. The complete disappearance of Penman and other prisoners without leave a clue leads to the belief that they are still in Kankakee County, probably hiding in a secluded spot along the Kankakee River.

Raising their voice for a good cause

URBANA — In all her years working at the Champaign County Nursing Home, Mary Hodson couldn't help but be distracted by the commotion coming from a dining room every Thursday morning.

That's when a group of do-gooders dropped by to sing "Bye, Bye, Blackbird," "America the Beautiful" and other resident favorites for an hour.

This day in history, April 25, 2016

Today is Monday, April 25, the 116th day of 2016. There are 250 days left in the year.

Today's highlight:

On April 25, 1816, Romantic poet Lord Byron, beset by financial problems and personal turmoil (including a failed marriage), left his native England at age 28, never to return. (Byron died eight years later in Greece.)

On this date:

For the retirees, April 24-May 1, 2016

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.