Jim Rossow

Jim Rossow

Top of the Morning, Sept. 18, 2018

The latest stop in JASON SEAMAN's pro-sports tour: Wrigley Field.

The former Mahomet-Seymour star, credited with stopping a school shooting in May in Noblesville, Ind., threw out a ceremonial first pitch before Sunday's Reds-Cubs game in Chicago.

Top of the Morning, Sept. 16, 2018

On Friday in suburban Indianapolis, family and a friend of the late Tyler Karuzis will go backstage to meet his country music hero: Brantley Gilbert.

"Trying to make something good out of terrible circumstances," said Danville's Trey Walters, who helped arrange what should be a memorable photo op.

Top of the Morning, Sept. 15, 2018

With all this talk of a warmer-than-usual winter — woolly worms, persimmon seeds and News-Gazette Media meteorologist GREG SOULJE all point to one — we tapped another reliable source just in case: the Old Farmer's Almanac.

Top of the Morning, Sept. 13, 2018

Happy to announce ...

— Our "UI at 150" project this week was named "Best Online Innovation" by the Inland Press Assocation, a prestigious national honor that follows recognition in two statewide competitions.

Top of the Morning, Sept. 12, 2018

In May, he played an out-of-the-blue round of golf with Heisman Trophy winner BO JACKSON in Savoy. On Friday, he hobnobbed with former President BARACK OBAMA at an Urbana coffee shop.

Top of the Morning, Sept. 11, 2018

They're golfing for a good cause today at the Urbana County Club, where a full field is expected for Flightstar's annual charity event.

Proceeds from Patriot Golf Day benefit Folds of Honor, which provides scholarships to children and spouses of fallen and disabled service members.

Top of the Morning, Sept. 9, 2018

Their television debut is 9 p.m. Tuesday on Big Ten Network. But that's crunch time for the hardworking staff at Legends, a popular joint among the Campustown crowd.

So general manager Tracey Herbert scheduled a watch party at the restaurant for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, when more of his employees can sit back and soak in a replay of "Campus Eats" with limited interruptions.

Top of the Morning, Sept. 8, 2018

What caught the eye of News-Gazette staffers who spent Friday covering Barack Obama's visit?

— Julie Wurth, the only local reporter covering Obama's stop at Caffe Paradiso:

Top of the Morning, Sept. 6, 2018

Meadowbrook Community Church in Champaign is opening its doors for a Miss America watch party on Sunday night.

Top of the Morning, Sept. 5, 2018

PHYLLIS WINTERS-WILLIAMS isn't surprised one bit that the memorial garden for YINGYING ZHANG is taking shape so quickly.

"This community cares so much," Winters-Williams said. "What it tells me is what it has told me all along: As an area, we feel so badly about what happened."