Jim Rossow

Jim Rossow

Top of the Morning, March 18, 2018

It's an invigorating stretch for WDWS' longtime ag director Dave Gentry.

On Monday, he'll kick off his 20th year participating in the "Coffee Shop Tour," put on by Earth Partners to spread the word about the impact of agricultural education in Champaign County.

Top o' the Morning, March 17, 2018

On Saturdays, we'll introduce additions to the growing newsroom at News-Gazette Media. Today: news copy editor ALEXANDRIA KOBRYN.

A Philadelphia native, Kobryn's first day on the job was Jan. 29. Later that week, she watched from Jupiter's in downtown Champaign as her beloved Eagles won their first Super Bowl.

What was the bigger moment?

Top of the Morning, March 15, 2018

The late DAVE SHAUL was instrumental in making the C-U Kiwanis Tom Jones Challenger League a community asset.

As a tribute, organizers have decided Season No. 21 will be called the Tom Jones Challenger League — Honoring Dave Shaul. There also will be a moment of silence for Mr. Shaul, who died last May, before the season-opening games at Ambucs Park in Urbana.

2017-18 High School Confidential: Week 24

Welcome to Year 2 of High School Confidential, a project involving 36 area high school students who will write weekly for The News-Gazette and news-gazette.com. We’ll introduce each of the budding journalists throughout the school year, and let each student take over our Snapchat account 'News-Gazette.'

Academy High: Mayank Hirani

Top of the Morning, March 14, 2018

Of the many reasons why blue-chip gymnast YUL MOLDAUER was considering Illinois: grandma's cooking. But even the lure of PEG STEFFENSEN's hospitality wasn't enough to keep her grandson from choosing Oklahoma instead.

Top of the Morning, March 13, 2018

Game time for the fourth Gottheil Cup has been set: 8 p.m. on March 30 at the UI Ice Arena.

Top of the Morning, March 11, 2018

The kids in Kevin Root's marketing, accounting and web design classes at Hoopeston Area High School are challenged each day to pay close attention to their teacher.

Blame it on Root's interior design skills, which can make eyes wander.

Top of the Morning, March 10, 2018

It won't draw the crowd the eclipse did in August, but next week's closing of Snake Road will lead to increased traffic in and around Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois.

"If it's nice out, you'll see a line of cars parked at the gates at each end of the road," said Shawnee wildlife biologist PAUL WIDOWSKI, who likened it to Woodstock "for snake nuts."

Top of the Morning, March 8, 2018

Tuesday night's fundraising concert put on by the Lady Legends went so well, organizers already are thinking about Round II.

"The universal feeling was we have to figure out a way to do it again," said TODD SALEN.

More than 250 tickets were sold, helping raise around $4,000 for Coaches vs. Cancer.

What's next for Illinois basketball?

Will Mark Smith's decision to transfer mark the end of the offseason movement in regards to Illinois basketball?

Probably not, Loren Tate explains in this week's podcast 'Tatelines: Unedited.'