Jim Rossow

Jim Rossow

Top of the Morning, Nov. 7, 2018

On Saturday, she served as the first female voice of Tuscola's storied football program. On Sunday, she heard all about it.

"You wouldn't believe how many people at church came up to me," DARCY SEMENTI said. "It was hysterical. Maybe they were shocked to hear a woman's voice."

Top of the Morning, Nov. 6, 2018

The kids at St. Thomas More were told Monday that there would be no school Friday because of the volleyball team's trip to state.

"There was a collective cheer when we found out," senior LIA ZNANIECKI said. "If you would have passed our school when they made the announcement, you probably would have heard us."

Top of the Morning, Nov. 4, 2018

On Tuesday morning, Betty Johnson will walk from her apartment to the lobby at Urbana's Clark-Lindsey Village and vote.

Then, the 101-year-old said, she might call it a day.

"It takes all my energy just to get up to the dining room," she said.

Top of the Morning, Nov. 3, 2018

I asked BARRINGTON COLEMAN if he's rusty ahead of tonight's return to the stage after a year's sabbatical. Stupid question.

"Not rusty at all," the longtime director of the UI's Varsity Men's Glee Club said. "They made me work too hard while I was gone."

Top of the Morning, Nov. 1, 2018

On a positive note ...

— On Sunday, the Fithian Woman's Club will celebrate its 75th anniversary with an open house at Fithian United Methodist Church. The 13 active members continue to do heavy and helpful lifting, from throwing ice cream socials to providing scholarships to Oakwood High grads to sprucing up the park on Main Street.

Top of the Morning, Oct. 31, 2018

The shiny trophy that goes to the winner of "Dancing with the C-U Stars" was still in her car on Tuesday.

Soon, ALLY BROEREN SEHY said, it's coming to work with her.

"I'm thinking board room," said the senior vice president at Busey Bank. "Everyone at Busey contributed ... I want to display it so everyone can see what they did."

2018-19 High School Confidential: Week 6

Welcome to Year 3 of High School Confidential, an ambitious project made possible by aspiring student journalists from every corner of our circulation area. Each Wednesday through May, they’ll tell us what’s happening in their hallways at news-gazette.com.

Top of the Morning, Oct. 30, 2018

He runs cross-country and track, is heavy into theater and choir and has a say in student government, Scholastic Bowl and the National Honor Society.

Top of the Morning, Oct. 28 , 2018

Know of an area school celebrating Veterans Day? Give us a head's up by emailing jrossow@news-gazette.com

The prospect of a four-day weekend had the kids fired up on Wednesday at Edison Middle School in Champaign. But so did the opportunity to work on posters for the Comets' Veterans Day extravaganza (above).

Top of the Morning, Oct. 27, 2018

The kindhearted volunteers of the Vermilion County Handicapped Association (above) will reach another milestone Sunday when they build ramp No. 350.

Don't expect their pace to slow anytime soon.

"There's a big need," club President KIP SULLIVAN said. "Everybody's getting older. "These days, we try to get caught up but never do."