Jim Rossow

Jim Rossow

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."

Top of the Morning, Sept. 2, 2018

You're probably aware of Red Grange's gigantic statue just to the west of Memorial Stadium.

But the famous Illini has a presence in downtown Champaign, too.

Top of the Morning, Sept. 1, 2018

There will be some groggy Champaign Central and Centennial alums at Tommy Stewart Field this morning.

But don't expect to hear any complaints from either Class of '68, in town to celebrate their combined 50th reunion.

"The most disruptive thing," committee member Tim Morrow said, "is the loss of life. We don't want to lose focus on that. It's so sad to see, it's heartbreaking."

Top of the Morning, Aug. 30, 2018

ON SEPT. 7

TONY LINDSEY is an accomplished singer who has performed at all sorts of venues. But never an interstate rest stop.

"It's going to be something different, that's for sure," said the 26-year-old from Fisher.

Top of the Morning, Aug. 29, 2018

More than a quarter-century after the dedication of TOMMY STEWART Stewart Field, the son of the late legendary Champaign high school coach will do the honors again.

TOM STEWART JR., who played for his dad at Central, will cut the ribbon at Friday's grand-opening pregame ceremony at the refurbished complex to the west of Centennial High School.

Top of the Morning, Aug. 28, 2018

On Saturday, News-Gazette Media's TIM DITMAN will go live on the News-Gazette Facebook page with a behind-the-scenes look at our radio operation on an Illini football game day.

Top of the Morning, Aug. 26, 2018

Of all the reasons to be excited about the soon-to-open Pour Bros. Craft Taproom in downtown Champaign, this one caught our eye: A high-tech tap wall, the first of its kind in these parts.

Basically, you pay for what you pour yourself — 1 ounce at a time — while sampling up to 24 different brands of beer and four types of wine.

Top of the Morning, Aug. 25, 2018

BRIAN LOMAN grew up soaking in the stories — and strategy — of high school Hall of Famers LYLE LOMAN and BOB TRIMBLE.

His dad and uncle would go on and on, scribbling Xs and Os and swapping ideas until the wee hours.