Top of the Morning, Aug. 19, 2014

Top of the Morning, Aug. 19, 2014

— Lou Henson, who shared the cover of Sunday's Answer Book, recently returned to Champaign after his annual checkup at MD Anderson Center in Houston.

"I feel good, and I'm cancer free," Henson said. "So that's good news."

Fans of Henson, 82, would love to see the Illini's winningest coach make the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. His next chance is in February, when finalists for the Class of 2015 will be announced during NBA All-Star Weekend in Brooklyn.

Here's a video of Lou and Mary Henson sharing memories of moving to town — and of coming to town long before there was a job here.

— While we put the finishing touches on our new look at, a couple social media updates from online editor Mike Howie.

"Over the weekend, our Facebook followers topped the 7,000 mark," he said. "That means about 2,000 more of you have decided to follow along in the last 12 months." Also, "we're approaching 12,000 followers on Twitter for @news_gazette." We hit the 11,000 mark on April 22.

— The latest addition to our Twitter family, @ngpreps, needed less than 24 hours to attract 300 followers. The quick start indicates how fervent high school sports fans are in our area,

Scott Richey, new to our editorial department, kicked off @ngpreps on Sunday.

"We don't want our readers and followers to have to go anywhere else to get the information they want or need when it comes to high school sports," he said. "Launching @ngpreps gives us that platform."

Among other things, the site allows us to get the word out about our growing library of photo galleries and videos produced on a daily basis.

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