Jim Rossow

Jim Rossow

Top of the Morning, Sept. 21, 2014

I wanted to kick off our series on Active Aging Week by spotlighting Anne Johnston, who's run Campus Florist for 73 years.

Trouble is, she wouldn't tell me her age.

"Just say I'm 125," she said.

Top of the Morning, Sept. 20, 2014

Charles Yost's "Pipe Trapped Apparitions" is the 43rd sculpture brought to our community by the Public Art League since 2010.

I asked the sculptor what passers-by will think of the skyscraper on Park Street in downtown Champaign. The funny guy that he is, Yost gave me options.

"Oh no, another 'arty' thing that I don't understand."

Or ...

Top of the Morning, Sept. 18, 2014

Earlier this month, Barbara Linder was strolling through Urbana Middle School when she made eye contact with a tall, young man. "He had a big smile on his face and opened his arms to hug me," she said.

Not recognizing him, Linder backpedaled a bit. "You don't recognize me, do you?" he said. "I'm Donald."

Chat: A Doral Moore update

During his chat today, beat writer Marcus Jackson weighed in on Doral Moore:

Top of the Morning, Sept. 17, 2014

Following up on our stories:

— Typically, the site selection for Farm Aid '15 would be announced in June.

"But with next year being Farm Aid's 30th anniversary, we are hoping to announce earlier," Farm Aid spokesperson Brittany Vanderpool said.

Top of the Morning, Sept. 16, 2014

Bus Stories

— Did you know Champaign Central takes a bus to its home football games?

Since Tommy Stewart Field is located at Centennial High School — Central's chief rival — the Maroons prefer to dress and warm up at their practice facility a mile to the east. For a 7 p.m. game, they hop on a yellow bus at 6:20 to reach the field in time for the coin toss.

Top of the Morning, Sept. 14, 2014

Next year, Farm Aid turns 30.

How cool would it be to hold it at the place where it all started, Memorial Stadium?

"I don't know where we're going next year," said the show's producer, Ron Stern, who has been in charge since Day 1. "We talk about (returning to Champaign) all the time."

Top of the Morning, Sept. 13, 2014

Things lean and mean STEVE WARNS won't do after finishing today's Crazy K at the Champaign County Fairgrounds (preview, B-1):

— Party. "I will be more interested in going to bed," he said.

— Show off a first-place ribbon. "Me and my knocked knees aren't going to set any records," he said. "But barring any major broken bones, I WILL finish."

Top of the Morning, Sept. 11, 2014

Newsroom notes:

— Congratulations to executive sports editor Fred Kroner, who on Wednesday received the IHSA Distinguished Media Service Award. The Class of 2014 also includes John Radtke of the Daily Herald Fox Valley edition and Jim Taylor, the voice of WRMJ radio in Aledo.

Top of the Morning, Sept. 10, 2014

SUSAN ALDRIDGE's visit last weekend to the 9/11 Memorial Museum didn't disappoint. And not just because her brother-in-law played a lead role in designing the massive complex at the site of the World Trade Center in Manhattan.

"Inspiring is not quite the correct word," said Aldridge, drama director at Centennial High School. "Moving, I think, is better."