Jim Rossow

Jim Rossow

Top of the morning, Feb. 7, 2016

Oakwood has a rooting interest in Super Bowl 50 — and it has nothing to do with Peyton Manning or Cam Newton.

Top of the morning, Feb. 6, 2016

To research his recently released book — "Monster Trek: The Obsessive Search for Bigfoot" — EIU journalism prof Joe Gisondi accompanied search parties as they canvassed woods, swamps and parks for the hairy giant.

No luck.

"I want to believe," he said, "but like any journalist I need the evidence."

Top of the morning, Feb. 4, 2016

It took a lot of kids — but only one take — for St. Matthew to produce a clever video making the rounds during National Catholic Schools Week.

How'd they do it?

Top of the morning, Feb. 3, 2016

On Wednesdays, we celebrate milestones of all kinds. Something to get you there:

Rosemary Moorman was kind enough to send in her five-generation family picture taken at a Christmas celebration at the Wyndham in Urbana.

My request of the 85-year-old from Tolono: Make sure to mail in the six-generation portrait, too.

Top of the morning, Feb. 2, 2016

The school's basketball teams probably won't win state titles. But when it comes to high-tech entertainment, Urbana High's gym has few peers in our area.

High on the east wall of Oscar Adams Gym hangs a video board that shows highlights, just like the contraption above midcourt at State Farm Center (only a lot smaller).

Top of the morning, Jan. 31, 2016

There are lot of people who do a lot of good in these parts.

Today's spotlight shines on the 11-person crew from Faith United Methodist Church in Champaign, who late Friday night returned from a weeklong mission trip to Mexico.

Not that they wanted to leave Jaurez, which is not to be confused with, say, the beaches of Cancun.

Top of the morning, Jan. 30, 2016

Want to send Lou Henson a get-well note? Do it here

Top of the morning, Jan. 28, 2016

The Indianapolis Zoo, a popular stop for many of our readers, announced Wednesday the birth of a male giraffe that already is as big as a point guard (158 pounds, 6 feet tall). The long-necked toddler will remain in a private, climate-controlled facility through the winter as the zoo asks its Facebook friends to vote on a name.

Top of the morning, Jan. 27, 2016

On Wednesdays, we spotlight area do-gooders in our Neighbors feature. Here's something to get you there:

The official lighting of the Tree of Hope went off without a hitch Monday.

For that we can thank Tom Everette.

Top of the morning, Jan. 26, 2016

As the building that housed Papa Del's on Green Street was razed Monday, the installation of booths was getting started at the iconic pizza parlor's new site on Neil Street in Champaign.

Owner Bob Monti on Monday said Opening Day at the 500-seat Papa Del's Pizza Factory will be "March 1, give or take a day. It's been a long process."