Top of the Morning, July 6, 2018

Retired News-Gazette sportswriter LOU ENGEL wants to say "howdy" (Nebraska term) to all his friends in C-U. Especially the fine folks at Pipa's Pub, one of his favorite local establishments.

Entertainment listings, July 5-12, 2018


This weekend


What: Block party fun. Inflatables, face painting, lawn games, live performances including CUperStars, interactive music by DJ Fireproof and many more activities.

When: 5 to 7 p.m. July 6.

Where: Johnston Park, Champaign.

Cost: Free.

Frank's Faves: Movies that get patriotism right

"I wouldn't give you 2 cents for all your fancy rules if, behind them, they didn't have a little bit of plain, ordinary, everyday kindness and a little looking out for the other fella, too." — James Stewart in "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" (1939)

Rich Warren | Intelligent smartphone choice calls for savvy

Smartphones divide people into two camps. Some need basic voice communication, the ability to send an occasional text, and perhaps a basic camera. The rest crave a palm-size computer able to accomplish nearly anything that can be done by a laptop computer, plus take better photos.

Who lives here? June 30, 2018

Each week on this page, The News-Gazette will show a screen shot of a home from a movie or television show and ask readers, "Who lives here?" Email your guess of a character who resides there to, and we'll give a winner a shoutout on next week's page. Be sure to include your full name and town of residence. Hint: This film stars an Academy Award winner.

Weekend Top 10, June 29, 2018

Places to be and things to see this weekend, courtesy of staff writer Tim Mitchell:

Raising the boom

Fire trucks from a local volunteer departments highlight the Tolono Fun Days parade at 11 a.m. Saturday. Stick around as The Boom Boom Boys launch a huge fireworks display at West Side Park to end the evening.

Top of the Morning, June 29, 2018

Local viewers will see a familiar face when they tune in to WILL's "Mid-American Gardener."

Former WCIA anchor and reporter TINISHA SHADE-SPAIN is taking over as host. Her first show is scheduled for July 12.

Frank's Faves: Movies identifiable by a single word

"All this feeling here inside, one word ain't enough." — Heart

"Except when that one word calls to mind a good movie." — Frank's Faves

It has been a while since I acknowledged a suggestion for a Faves list. Not that I don't receive — and run with — such suggestions on a fairly frequent basis.

The Screening Room | Rogers doc a touching reminder of a good 'Neighbor'

After seeing Morgan Neville's wonderful new documentary about children's television host Fred Rogers, "Won't You Be My Neighbor," I was left with a great many conflicting emotions.

Entertainment listings, June 28-July 5, 2018


This weekend


What: Highlights include Western Horse Show, a queen pageant, talent show, Little Mr. and Miss Pageant, truck and tractor pulls, demolition derby, C-Bar rodeo, petting zoo, carnival, a variety of livestock shows, food and more. Friday night concert features Travis Tritt with Craig Campbell and Jordan Davis.

When: June 28-30.