Top of the Morning, April 6, 2019

It wasn't just the tour of the Capitol or walk by the White House or visit to the Smithsonian that thrilled the kids from the Boyz2Men Mentoring Program.

Simply driving from Champaign to Washington, D.C., for a few days over spring break was pretty cool, too.

Coroner: Woman killed in Douglas County crash died of blunt force trauma

TUSCOLA — The Douglas County coroner said an autopsy showed a woman killed in a crash near Camargo on Wednesday morning died from blunt force trauma.

However, Joe Victor said further tests are being run to see if Joan Biebel, 66, may have suffered from an underlying medical condition that would have caused her to veer into the oncoming lane of traffic and sideswipe a truck.

Urbana man killed in crash

Update Friday 8:18 a.m.

MAHOMET — The Champaign County Coroner says an Urbana man was killed Thursday night in an accident about a mile north of Mahomet.

Coroner Duane Northrup says 29-year-old Lyle Owens died at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana around 8:10 p.m. An autopsy has been scheduled for Friday.

Winter weather advisory remains in effect

A winter weather advisory is in effect for most of East Central Illinois until 10 a.m. Friday.

The advisory includes Champaign, Coles, DeWitt, Douglas, Edgar, Macon, Moultrie, Piatt, Shelby, and Vermilion counties.

Mixed precipitation is expected with total snow accumulations of up to two inches, along with a light glaze of ice.

Entertainment listings, Feb. 28-March 7, 2019


This weekend


What: The multitalented comedian, actor and writer will perform live in concert.

When: 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 28.

Where: Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., C.

Cost:Reserved seating tickets, $44.75; special VIP packages, $179.75. Additional $5 per ticket processing fees apply (online only).

Getting Personal: Jen Quinlan

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, tech expert JEN QUINLAN, who works at meShare in Champaign, chats with staff writer Paul Wood about her side project, Moon Grove Farm, a farmhouse bed-and-breakfast and you-pick flower farm started in November 2017 in Mahomet.

Where did you grow up?

Entertainment listings, Feb. 21-28, 2019


This weekend


What: An evening of entertainment with performances by the award-winning Redcoats, Radiant Reds and Green Machine show choirs, the Red Peppers jazz band and the North Ridge orchestra, live and silent auctions, and a spaghetti dinner. All proceeds support the North Ridge Performing Arts Students.

Winter weather advisory for all of East Central Illinois

The National Weather Service says all of East Central Illinois will be under a winter weather advisory starting Tuesday night.

The advisory will be in effect until noon Wednesday and includes Champaign, Coles, DeWitt, Douglas, Edgar, Ford, Iroquois, Macon, Moultrie, Piatt, Shelby, and Vermilion counties.

UPDATE: Philo trustee killed in Indiana crash

A longtime Philo village trustee was among three people killed this week in a fiery, five-vehicle crash in southern Indiana.

John W. Mumma, 67, had served on the board of the Champaign County village of 1,442 for at least 30 years, said Village President Larry Franks.

“During my time as mayor, I have considered him to be my right-hand man,” Franks said.

Entertainment listings, Feb. 14-21, 2019


This weekend


What: Honoring the cultures of Indigenous Americans and the wisdom and practices they share with others. This year's events inclue a talk on powwows, an educator workshop, and a family concert of storytelling and traditional teachings.

When:4 p.m. Feb. 14; 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Feb. 16.