Jim Rossow

Jim Rossow

Top of the Morning, Jan. 29, 2019

If the weather cooperates, OCEAN THOREAU BEARD will take us on a social-media tour of Rantoul Township High School on Thursday.

Our music-loving "High School Confidential" correspondent is next up in our "Snapchat Takeover" series. Follow along by searching for "news-gazette" on the app.

Top of the Morning, Jan. 27, 2019

Now a two-time Hall of Famer — Urbana High in '85, Parkland College on Saturday — Marty Kirby is recognized as one of the area's best all-around athletes.

But it's his masonry work that intrigues many of us at News-Gazette Media.

Top of the Morning, Jan. 26, 2019

In her first year as principal at Champaign's Franklin Middle School, SARA SANDERS began clipping out News-Gazette articles and pictures of current and former students and displaying them on the walls outside the main office.

Six years later, she's running out of room.

Top of the Morning, Jan. 24, 2019

Fifty years ago, the University of Illinois won a national wheelchair basketball championship at the Assembly Hall.

Guess where this year's tournament will be held?

The '69 "Gizz Kids" will be part of the celebration when the National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Tournament plays out under the bright lights of State Farm Center on March 14-16.

2018-19 High School Confidential: Week 15

Welcome to Year 3 of High School Confidential, an ambitious project made possible by aspiring student journalists from every corner of our circulation area.

Top of the Morning, Jan. 23, 2019

RUBY MEEKER turns 105 on Friday. Her secret?

"I behaved," she said. "I didn't get out and do bad stuff. I lived a clean life. I never drank or smoked. I worked hard all of my life."

Meeker (above) only last year moved into long-term care at Danville's Hawthorne Inn. There, she will celebrate with family and friends this weekend.

Top of the Morning, Jan. 22, 2019

SOPHIA WEGENG turns 18 on Thursday.

To celebrate, our "High School Confidential" correspondent will take us on a tour of Villa Grove High School as part of our "Snapchat Takeover" series. Follow along by searching for "news-gazette" on the app.

Top of the Morning, Jan. 19, 2019

There will be a celebration of life for Villa Grove's BOB KNIGHT a week from Sunday at Tri-City Country Club.

His family will be easy to spot.

To pay tribute to Mr. Knight — and his love of baseball — they've ordered green-and-gray "Team Knight" jerseys to wear that afternoon.

Top of the Morning, Jan. 17, 2019

I would like to thank the volunteer judges who will help decide our first Seventy Over 70 class: JENNY AMOS, LINDA COLEMAN, SUE GREY, CHRIS HARLAN, MINOR JACKSON, GENEVIEVE KIRK and BOB LUMSDEN.

Their work will commence once all the nominations have been collected.