Jim Rossow

Jim Rossow

Top of the Morning, May 31, 2015

Chances are you’ve seen his byline in The News-Gazette or at news-gazette.com. Here’s more on our newest hire, city reporter Johnathan Hettinger:

Top of the morning, May 30, 2015

Judging by his perfect score on the ACT, Jacob Rajlich obviously is good at answering questions. Before we get to the Q&A, some background:

Paul and Cindy's kid, a Cubs fan who will be a senior at Uni High in Urbana, aced his ACT on April 18. On average, less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT score a 36.

When did you find out?

Top of the Morning, May 28, 2015

The Illini aren't the only local baseball types in the spotlight this weekend.

Two C-U youngsters are headed to Wrigley Field to perform Sunday morning with a trip to this summer's All-Star Game on the line.

Top of the morning, May 27, 2015

On Wednesdays, we tip our cap to kids doing good things (see Younger Generation). For starters ...

It took some digging, but I finally found something that Olivia Owens doesn't excel at.

Bragging.

Top of the morning, May 26, 2015

— Rick Danzl's photo gallery of a recent tour of a Mahomet mansion not only checks in at No. 1 on the list below. It also is the most-viewed gallery of the many we've offered (277) at news-gazette.com in 2015. Danzl's collection of 54 photos provides a glimpse of Bruce Artwick's 197-acre property.

Top of the morning, May 24, 2015

Friday's trip to the dentist brought Steven Scharf to tears.

In a good way.

Top of the morning, May 23, 2015

The good news keeps rolling in for Erik Luis Orta, the Urbana High School senior who was pictured on Friday's front page after winning a car.

Turns out his parents didn't try to claim the 2008 Honda Civic — valued at $6,500 — as his graduation present.

"I'm still getting one," Orta said. "Maybe a laptop. The one I have is getting funky."

Urbana student wins car

Four Urbana High School students had keys in their hands. Only one key — held by Erik Luis Orta — started the 2008 Honda Civic that O'Brien Auto Park was giving away Thursday as part of the school's "In Good Standing" program.

Orta figured he'd won the car when the first three finalists — who received tablets as consolation prizes — went before him.

Veterans handing out poppies today

Until 6 p.m. today, members of six area American Legion posts are handing out poppies — a symbol of remembrance of soldiers who died in wartime — on the flag-lined grounds of WDWS/WHMS/WKIO at 2301 S. Neil St. in Champaign.

Top of the morning, May 21, 2015

In the same auditorium where its college-bound athletes are recognized on Signing Day, Centennial High paid tribute to another group of students-going-places Wednesday: graduating seniors headed to the military.