Top of the Morning, March 6, 2018

Top of the Morning, March 6, 2018

On Tuesdays, we'll introduce the kids behind "High School Confidential." Today: Hoopeston Area seniors DANIEL BASS and ARIEL REEVES, who have thoroughly enjoyed their time as Cornjerkers.

Bass, headed to Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Ind., credits "all of the teachers. ... They all go out of their way to assure the student that someone cares about them."

Added Reeves, who will pursue athletic training — and play softball — at Danville Area Community College: "It is a great environment for learning and reaching your goals."

On Thursday, Bass and Reeves will take over our Snapchat account. Follow along by searching for "news-gazette" on the app.

Will we see the area's most famous mascot, Jerky?

"I think so," Bass said. "That's the most recognizable thing about Hoopeston. Everywhere I go, I'm asked about it."

Online audience

What was trending last week at, which in a seven-day period ending Sunday saw 1,156,840 page views:


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2. C-U's closed restaurants await new menu or new purpose

3. 1 dead, at least 2 injured in 4-vehicle wreck in Iroquois County


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2. Illini rebuild still a work in progress

3. AD: 'Believe in what is happening'


1. Crime Stoppers: Fraudulent Checks

2. Underground Illinois: Krannert Center

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1. Comedian Ron White 2018

2. HS 2A Sectional: Monticello vs. SJ-O

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