Mike Goebel

Mike Goebel

Top of the Morning, Sept. 24, 2018

Look closely and you can tell that picture above of veteran News-Gazette reporter Tom Kacich is not from the Kickapoo Rail Trail — it's from a recent hike at Glacier National Park in Montana.

But it demonstrates Kacich's love of all things outdoors.

Top of the Morning, Sept. 17, 2018

For "Mike in the Morning," his career in radio has come with some sacrifices.

"All the time our kids were growing up, I never saw them in the morning because I've been doing morning radio for 40 years," said News-Gazette Vice President Mike Haile, whose popular morning show runs from 5-10 a.m. on WHMS 97.5-FM.

Top of the Morning, Sept. 3, 2018

It's a big week around the News-Gazette Media radio studios. A few of the highlights:

— On Wednesday, for the 19th year in a row, we'll be teaming up with the Blossom Basket Florist for Good Neighbor Day.

Top of the Morning, Aug. 27, 2018

At News-Gazette Media, we get calls all the time regarding the many calendars we produce — both for the daily paper and for our online audience.

Better yet, folks drop by to hand-deliver items they'd like included. That's what Marvin Lee did last week.

Lee has been performing around the Champaign-Urbana area for decades.

Top of the Morning, Aug. 15, 2018

Champaign and Urbana are full of public art displays, with items of interest dotted all over town.

But art fans need not brush past the burgeoning scene in Arcola — which already includes the Raggedy Ann and Andy statue, the one-and-only hippie memorial and 15 murals by the Walldogs.

Top of the Morning, Aug. 12, 2018

It's easy to take for granted the neighborhood mailman. Every day, the mail just seems to show up.

The residents on John Nolan's route around Champaign's Clark Park feel a little different.

"John has been our mailman ... I can't even tell you how long," says Nancy Sullivan. "So long he's become a friend to almost everyone in the neighborhood."

Top of the Morning, Aug. 9, 2018

Dad is a singer/songwriter/guitar player who's giving it a go full time in the music industry. Mom is a longtime music writer.

Is it any wonder that NATE SOKOLSKI ended up in the music biz?

Top of the Morning, Aug. 8, 2018

"It was heaven."

That was how VIRGINIA SHONKWILER described her latest training ride on a special bicycle-wheelchair tandem called "The Duet" (right).

Shonkwiler, 73, is a resident of Maple Point, an assisted-living community in Monticello, and has been the driving force behind the idea.

Top of the Morning, June 30, 2018

I found myself in the Springer Cultural Center in Champaign to pick something up this week.

I've walked through the hallways before and enjoyed the artwork that's strewn throughout the main floor of the building.

Many times, it's artwork from children, which is always fun to look at.

But Wednesday's trip was different.

Top of the Morning, June 22, 2018

The biggest fight in my house every morning? That would be which one of my daughters gets the comics first.

I've been a fan of the comics page in the newspaper for as long as I can remember. From "Peanuts" to "Calvin and Hobbes," "Dilbert" to "The Far Side," I can't get enough.