Jim Rossow

Jim Rossow

Top of the Morning, July 18, 2018

There were long flights, lost luggage and little sleep. But BRAD and HAYLIE DANCER still enjoyed their whirlwind weekend trip to Wimbledon.

"We laughed," the UI men's tennis coach said Tuesday — back in Champaign. "With four boys, Haylie and I probably spent more time together in the last 72 hours than we have all year."

Top of the Morning, July 17, 2018

ADDILYN BENT-PERZEE's first 24 hours as Little Miss Champaign County Fair featured a pizza party at home, an appearance on WCIA and cheer practice in Mahomet.

The whirlwind schedule didn't faze the 9-year-old fourth-grader from Fisher a bit.

"She tells us it was her dream to be Little Miss," said her mom, MELISSA SHEPHERD. "She's enjoying it."

Top of the Morning, July 15, 2018

Of course, Josh Mathias was smiling when News-Gazette photo editor Robin Scholz took his picture on Wednesday at the Moultrie-Douglas County Fair in Arthur.

"Always upbeat," the UI Extension's Angie Welker said. "Always looking to help."

Small makes major move

HIGHLAND PARK — Illinois men’s golf coach Mike Small continues to turn heads at the Champions Tour’s Constellation Senior Players Championship.

Top of the Morning, July 14, 2018

ALLAN MACKIEWICZ has an entire community doing whatever it can to help him in his battle against cancer.

Since being diagnosed, the Westville police officer, youth sports leader and father of two daughters has been on the mind of what seems to be all of Vermilion County.

Top of the Morning, July 12, 2018

Passers-by can see the studios of our three radio stations — WDWS 1400-AM, WHMS 97.5-FM, WKIO 107.9-FM — from outside The News-Gazette in downtown Champaign. Now they can hear them, too.

Top of the Morning, July 11, 2018

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Always a hoot, the once-every-three-years Sidney School reunion will be thick with emotion, too, when alums gather Aug. 11 in Philo.

Top of the Morning, July 10, 2018

Working the popular beer tent at next month's Taste of Champaign is serious stuff. Turns out volunteers are required to attend a four-hour class to learn about how to hold a cup when pouring (45-degree angle) and how much head to leave (about an inch).

Top of the Morning, July 8, 2018

Always a good sport, Lou Henson didn't need much of a nudge to help the Stephens Family YMCA break in its new lift chair that helps swimmers in and out of the lap pool.

The UI Hall of Famer was the first to use it earlier this week. Asked how his morning workout went, Henson said "better than usual."

Top of the Morning, July 4, 2018

More than 70 years later, Urbana's TOM BROWN remembers the morning of his wedding day like it was yesterday.

"I was a nervous wreck. I remember thinking 'Boy, am I doing the right thing?'" the fiesty 92-year-old said. "Turns out I did the best thing."