Jim Rossow

Jim Rossow

Top of the Morning, Jan. 19, 2019

There will be a celebration of life for Villa Grove's BOB KNIGHT a week from Sunday at Tri-City Country Club.

His family will be easy to spot.

To pay tribute to Mr. Knight — and his love of baseball — they've ordered green-and-gray "Team Knight" jerseys to wear that afternoon.

Top of the Morning, Jan. 17, 2019

I would like to thank the volunteer judges who will help decide our first Seventy Over 70 class: JENNY AMOS, LINDA COLEMAN, SUE GREY, CHRIS HARLAN, MINOR JACKSON, GENEVIEVE KIRK and BOB LUMSDEN.

Their work will commence once all the nominations have been collected.

2018-19 High School Confidential: Week 14

Welcome to Year 3 of High School Confidential, an ambitious project made possible by aspiring student journalists from every corner of our circulation area.

Top of the Morning, Jan. 16, 2019

CHUCK KOPLINSKI, News-Gazette Media's veteran film critic, particularly enjoys his annual trip to the Critic's Choice Awards.

On Sunday in Santa Monica, Calif., the Urbana Middle School language-arts teacher slipped on a tux and hobnobbed with the rich and famous.

Top of the Morning, Jan. 15, 2019

SADEE SCAGGS is getting a jump-start on her college career, taking classes at Danville Area Community College.

But she isn't done with Westville High just yet. Our "High School Confidential" correspondent will take over The News-Gazette's Snapchat account Thursday to show what makes her school so cool. Follow along by searching for "news-gazette" on the app.

Top of the Morning, Jan. 13, 2019

Tara and Doug Hafner, a happily married couple from Oakwood, are spending the weekend in Chicago.

It's not what you think.

Diagnosed with a hereditary kidney disease, Doug underwent transplant surgery on Monday at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. The donor who was a few doors down: Tara.

Top of the Morning, Jan. 10, 2019

Back in school after a long holiday break, THOMAS GREEN can't wait to spotlight all the good things happening at Centennial High.

Our "High School Confidential" correspondent has taken over The News-Gazette's Snapchat today for a behind-the-scenes look on Crescent Drive in Champaign.

What will we see?

Top of the Morning, Jan. 9, 2019

Heavy winds on New Year's Eve brought the U.S. flag outside The News-Gazette to the ground.

That's where Urbana's Virgil Grider and Champaign's Nick Rainey stepped in — and stepped up.

Top of the Morning, Jan. 8, 2019

When their charter flight arrived at Willard Airport on Sunday night, members of the Illinois women's basketball team were caught off guard by an unscheduled request supposedly made for security purposes.

Before boarding a bus back to campus, the Illini were to meet first in the airport's Bryan Room.

There, however, the surprise played out.