Top of the Morning, Jan. 16, 2018

Top of the Morning, Jan. 16, 2018

On Tuesdays, we'll introduce the kids behind "High School Confidential." Today: Georgetown-Ridge Farm's WILLOW RAY, a senior who seemingly has a hand in everything.

She plays basketball, volleyball and in the band, helps put out the school newspaper and participates in Scholastic Bowl and the National Honor Society.

"If it's something I really like to do, I'll make time for it," Ray said.

Headed to Danville Area Community College, the energetic 18-year-old will show G-RF in all its glory when she takes over our Snapchat account on Thursday. Follow along by searching for "news-gazette" on the app.

The best thing about G-RF?

"The teachers, definitely," she said. "They are all very compassionate about their job and are willing to do whatever it takes to get you where we need to be."

Online audience

What was trending last week at, which in a seven-day period ending Sunday saw 1,179,129 pageviews:


1. Hobbico files for bankruptcy; layoffs next?

2. Central High administrator hailed for heroism during shooting

3. Champaign caretaker accused of molesting child


1. Illini hand out two more offers

2. Big Ten hoops: When will the Illini win?

3. Viral video: Khailieo Terry's monstrous dunk


1. Crime Stoppers: St. Joseph burglaries

2. Underwood: 'We've got to get better'

3. Game of the Week: Central at Centennial boys' basketball


1. Paula Poundstone at the Virginia

2. HS Boys Basketball: Rantoul vs. PBL

3. UI Wrestling vs Northwestern

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