Jim Rossow

Jim Rossow

Top of the Morning, Nov. 23, 2017

I hope you read our story earlier this week on the Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation doling out $37,000-plus to 93 teachers. How they did it — a Prize Patrol hand-delivering oversized checks — was as clever as it was entertaining.

Top of the Morning, Nov. 22, 2017

A few notes about our always entertaining Thanksgiving Day newspaper:

— It's going to be heavy.

2017-18 High School Confidential: Week 10

Welcome to Year 2 of High School Confidential, a project involving 34 area high school students who will write weekly for The News-Gazette and news-gazette.com.

Top of the Morning, Nov. 21, 2017

On Tuesdays, we'll introduce the kids behind "High School Confidential." Today: Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley senior HAILEY RUTLEDGE.

As a member of GCMS' enthusiastic student cheering section — the Red Army — the senior will be rooting hard for the Falcons at Friday's Class 2A football title game in DeKalb.

Top of the Morning, Nov. 19, 2017

The Bears aren't very good at football this season. But their energetic drumline hasn't slumped a bit.

"When the team isn't playing well, fans will tell us 'You're the best part of the game,'" said Champaign's MATT DUPREE. "We do put out a good amount of energy. When people get drinking, they want to see some cool stuff."

Top of the Morning, Nov. 19, 2017

The Bears aren't very good at football this season. But their energetic drumline hasn't slumped a bit.

"When the team isn't playing well, fans will tell us 'You're the best part of the game,'" Champaign's Matt Dupree said. "We do put out a good amount of energy. When people get drinking, they want to see some cool stuff."

Top of the Morning, Nov. 18, 2017

Our On The Town feature has become so popular, we've added an online option.

Today at news-gazette.com, you'll find a photo gallery from this month's Dancing With The C-U Stars, the wildly popular Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club fundraiser.

Top of the Morning, Nov. 15, 2017

So many good things are happening at our area high schools.

Top of the Morning, Nov. 14, 2017

On Tuesdays, we'll introduce the kids behind "High School Confidential." Today: Uni High's UMAR HANIF.

You can follow the 17-year-old senior on Twitter: @captainumarica.