Jim Rossow

Jim Rossow

Overnight storm batters C-U area

Top of the Morning, May 26, 2019

The A-1 picture of Urbana's Landmark Hotel on May 17 caught Betty Brown's eye.

"I cut it out the minute I saw it," the 92-year-old resident of Prairie Winds of Urbana said.

Like many in C-U, Brown has stories about the hotel in its glory days — and isn't happy about its current, closed look. "It's very sad to see," she said.

Top of the Morning, May 23, 2019

In a December entry in our popular "Getting Personal" feature, DENISE POINDEXTER told us how excited she was to be the incoming president of the Junior League of Champaign-Urbana.

Former Illini to play in ESPN tournament

Former News-Gazette All-Area Player of the Year Michael Finke will play for Illinois BC in this summer's The Basketball Tournament on ESPN.

A standout at Centennial High School before playing collegiately at Illinois and Grand Canyon, the 6-foot-10 Finke is pursuing a professional basketball career.

Top of the Morning, May 22, 2019

Notes about area service-club events:

— Champaign Rotary opted to put on its fundraising Action Auction every three years "because we didn't want it to grow tired," Co-Chair DEAN CAVEY said.

The strategy paid off.

Top of the Morning, May 21, 2019

As promised, BILL TAYLOR got his first haircut since 2011.

The 71-year-old celebrated his Parkland College degree at the Depot Barber Shop in downtown Champaign, the site of our pre-trim photo shoot.

Top of the Morning, May 19, 2019

Bill Taylor's last day as principal at the Champaign elementary school he attended as a student — South Side — will be in June, long after the kids have left for the summer. That's a good thing.

Top of the Morning, May 18, 2019

Sarah Perdekamp's story is as impressive as her velvety, award-winning voice. Here's only part of it ahead of The Chorale's annual concert at 7 p.m. today at Faith United Methodist in Champaign, where Perdekamp and two others will receive Young Artist Scholarships as well as perform (tickets are $15 and available at the door).

Top of the Morning, May 16, 2019

We're proud to introduce the recipient of our annual News-Gazette Farm Leader Scholarship: St. Joseph-Ogden grad and University of Illinois sophomore ALLIE PLACE. The crop-science major will be recognized at Friday's Champaign County Farm Bureau Foundation banquet in Champaign.

Top of the Morning, May 15, 2019

Champaign West Rotary's Buddy Bench Project is off to a rousing start.

On Tuesday at Robeson and Booker T. Washington elementary schools in Champaign, dedication ceremonies played out.

More are on tap this week at Stratton, Garden Hills and Bottenfield. On May 30, Kenwood unveils its bench.