Mike Goebel

Mike Goebel

Top of the Morning, June 4, 2019

Cleanup efforts from the May 26 tornadoes continued in earnest Monday for the public works departments of the cities of Champaign and Urbana.

Today is the last scheduled day for debris to be placed at the curb for pickup, though both cities said cleanup will continue for several more days.

Top of the Morning, June 3, 2019

Twenty-one years ago, the smart folks at WDWS 1400-AM started broadcasting Little League games. Talk about a home run of an idea.

"I love the roots DWS has planted in our community," says Alli Adams, who's in her third season broadcasting games. "And to me, Kiwanis Little League is a perfect example of that."

Top of the Morning, May 27, 2019

Listeners to News-Gazette Media's three radio stations may have heard Penny Weaver discussing the latest happenings around Mahomet in a new segment called The Mahomet Minute.

The spots, produced by Jim Lewis, run throughout the day on WDWS 1400-AM, WHMS 97.5-FM and WKIO 107.9-FM.

Top of the Morning, May 20, 2019

Growing up in the small McLean County village of Gridley, Ann Rhoton remembers receiving poppies to wear on Memorial Day.

"I always thought it was so neat," the WDWS radio personality said. "It was a tradition at my house that we all wore a poppy at the Memorial Day ceremony at the Gridley Cemetery."

Top of the Morning, May 6, 2019

— There may be no bigger stress than being a small business owner.

Looking for a way to combat that pressure? Try rigorous exercise, says Ball State University researcher Michael Goldsby. He says that in addition to reducing stress, it can increase job satisfaction.

That's just one of the many stories in the "Small Business, Large Impact" insert in today's News-Gazette.

Top of the Morning, April 22, 2019

Odds are, we won't get another finish on Saturday like the one we saw at the 2018 Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon.

That's OK, we're still pleased as punch about what's ahead this weekend.

The 11th annual Illinois Marathon weekend begins Friday night with the 5K and continues Saturday morning with the 10K, wheelchair half-marathon, half-marathon and marathon.

Top of the Morning, April 15, 2019

News-Gazette Media reporter Ben Zigterman does much more than just cover local businesses. He's also our go-to source when it comes to reporting on agriculture in East Central Illinois.

Good thing the city slicker — Zigterman grew up in the western Chicago suburbs and attended the University of Chicago — is a quick learner.

Top of the Morning, April 8, 2019

Editor Christine Walsh says the latest edition of At Home in Central Illinois has plenty of ideas for your spring plans and projects.

"One of the homes we highlight is an old farmhouse near Potomac that homeowners Jim and Angie Walsh have updated for contemporary life. The home has a lot of personality with touches from Jim's farming background and Angie's career in education."

Top of the Morning, March 25, 2019

The entries for this year's Design an Ad have been drawn and judged and the results are coming in Wednesday's News-Gazette.

News-Gazette Media's Director of Business Development Jackie Martin, who has been spearheading the contest for 15 years, breaks down the numbers:

— 100 local businesses participated.

— 2,500-plus entries in total from 30 area schools.

Top of the Morning, March 20, 2019

Covering a Division I athletic program can be a balancing act — for those on both sides of the beat. That was certainly the case last week in Peoria, where longtime Bradley University basketball beat writer Dave Reynolds of the Journal Star was barred from covering a media event for the Missouri Valley Conference tournament champion Braves.