Mike Goebel

Mike Goebel

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.

Top of the Morning, March 18, 2019

PENNY WEAVER is pleased as punch to be the new editor of the Mahomet Citizen, one of News-Gazette Media's five weekly newspapers.

"The Mahomet Citizen is a great fit for me personally because I love small towns and small-town newspapers," said Weaver, an Eastern Illinois grad who's making her seventh newspaper stop.

Top of the Morning, March 11, 2019

— Followers of @Illinilegends on Twitter may have seen some News-Gazette pages from years gone by.

For the last month or so, Mike Pearson has been tweeting out the pages in an On This Date fashion.

The author of the popular book “Illini Legends, Lists & Lore” — now in its third edition — says he's gotten good feedback to the old pages.

Top of the Morning, March 4, 2019

News and notes from around News-Gazette Media:

— This new button joins a host of others you see in our paper on a daily basis. It debuted Saturday and alerts our readers to coverage from Capitol News Illinois, a nonprofit news service operated by the Illinois Press Foundation.

The goal of Capitol News Illinois is to "provide credible and unbiased coverage of state government."

Top of the Morning, Feb. 25, 2019

It's back and — we think — better than ever.

Starting Friday and going through March 15, nominations open for the second year of News-Gazette Media Presents The People's Choice 2019. Click on the logo to begin nominating.

Top of the Morning, Feb. 18, 2019

Wallace MacClellan is a curious, kind, nature-loving 6-year-old who lives in the fictional coastal town of Snug Harbor.

He's the star of a comic strip now featured in our funny pages (B-6 today), the brainchild of Will Henry, a curious, kind, nature-loving 34-year-old who lives in a real coastal town in Rhode Island.