Mike Goebel

Mike Goebel

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.

Top of the Morning, Feb. 11, 2019

The current issue of News-Gazette Media's Central Illinois Business is now available.

Editor Christine Walsh says this issue features stories about entrepreneurs who have found ways to turn their passion into a business venture.

Among the highlights:

Top of the Morning, Feb. 4, 2019

Last Saturday's Illini men's basketball victory at Madison Square Garden had many Illini fans pumped up.

But there weren't many who were as excited about the win as Jamarra Dosunmu.

Top of the Morning, Jan. 28, 2019

Nearly every day, folks in our community are reaching out to us with cool story ideas.

Unfortunately, we can't cover every one. But we'll do our best.

You can email news@news-gazette.com or call our newsroom at 217-351-5252 (option 2) to suggest a story we should be covering.

Top of the Morning, Jan. 21, 2019

The current edition of News-Gazette Media's At Home in Central Illinois is now available.

Editor Christine Walsh, who's been in charge of the quarterly magazine since April, says there's plenty to like in this issue.

Among the highlights:

Top of the Morning, Jan. 7, 2019

We're excited to kick off our Small Towns, Big Deals series that debuted in Sunday's News-Gazette.

In case you missed it, Anthony Zilis and his drone visited basketball-crazed Cissna Park (above) last week. Once a month in 2019, we'll visit towns with populations less than 1,000 to tell their unique story. Next stop: Newman.

Top of the Morning, Dec. 31, 2018

Fans of our puzzle pages, get your pencils ready.

That's right, for the first time, News-Gazette Media is publishing "The Puzzle Book."

If this sounds intriguing, make sure you pick up Wednesday's paper.

The 24-page section (below) is chock full of 82 puzzles — most of which do not appear currently in The News-Gazette.

Top of the Morning, Dec. 24, 2018

First off, a reminder there will be no paper on Tuesday for the Christmas holiday — it's the one day of the year The News-Gazette is not published. Our Customer Care Center — 217-351-5252 — will be closed all day Tuesday, reopening at 5 a.m. on Wednesday.

Speaking of the Christmas holiday, it's a special time for News-Gazette Media Vice President Mike Haile.

Top of the Morning, Dec. 17, 2018

News and notes:

With Illinois volleyball's season now complete, here's a reminder that fans can relive the excitement of the run to the Final Four in a multitude of ways.

Top of the Morning, Dec. 10, 2018

The first season Dave Loanewas behind the mic for an Illinois volleyball season — 1988 — the Illini qualified for the Final Four. In Minneapolis.

He remembers that trip like it was yesterday.

"That was a very memorable season," said Loane, who'll be calling his third Final Four as the Voice of the Illini. "We had great players like Mary Eggers, Sandy Scholtens."