Jim Rossow

Jim Rossow

Top of the Morning, Jan. 11, 2017

On Wednesdays, we run Milestones of all kinds in the print edition of The News-Gazette. Something to get you there:

Bob and Jody Bryan first met as 10-year-olds playing in a sandbox underneath a walnut tree in the tiny southern Illinois town of Ingraham, brought together by families who knew each other.

Happy 85th, Lou Henson

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Hall of Fame basketball coach Lou Henson celebrated his 85th birthday on Tuesday by — what else? — playing bridge in the afternoon before joining family and friends at a dinner.

Top of the Morning, Jan. 10, 2017

The "I Love the '90s" concert that State Farm Center announced in November was included in Sunday's Entertainment page roundup of recommended C-U shows in 2017.

Top of the Morning, Jan. 8, 2017

Today marks the second time LaTianna Dumas' photograph has made it into The News-Gazette.

In 2006, it was for her role in "Peter and the Wolf" at Urbana's Yankee Ridge School. That's fourth-grade LaTianna (pictured) playing the part of a duck in the pond.

"My mom has it framed," she said.

Top of the morning, Jan. 7, 2017

I figured the Big Ten's dismal performance at this week's Outback Bowl — Florida 30, Iowa 3 — might have sucked the fun out of Blue Ridge High School's marching band trip to Florida.

I figured wrong.

Top of the Morning, Jan. 5, 2017

Back at school Wednesday after a long holiday break, Lauren Gross had plenty to tell her Bement High classmates.

Top of the Morning, Jan. 4, 2017

For New Year's resolution advice, we tapped Indianapolis-based Dr. Rob Bell, sport psychology coach and an expert in mental toughness training.

Bell, who counts Notre Dame, Marriott and Walgreens as clients, answered our call last year when we wondered which presidential candidate had the best mental makeup.

Top of the Morning, Jan. 3, 2017

Have a milestone to report? Visit news-gazette.com and click on "Submit an Announcement." Or, reach out to Editor Jim Rossow at 217-351-5231 or jrossow@news-gazette.com.

They're throwing a 100th birthday bash for Gerald Peterson today at Danville's Hawthorne Inn.

Top of the Morning, Jan. 1, 2017

Year in Review: Stories

We're closing in on a record 63,000,000 pageviews at news-gazette.com in 2016. Here are the 10 stories drew the most online traffic:

Top of the Morning, Dec. 31, 2016

Year in Review: Videos

We're closing in on 570,000 pageviews for our videos at news-gazette.com in 2016. Here are the 10 that drew the most online traffic:

1. Arraignment in dismemberment case. Details of the tragic tale of Ashley Gibson emerged at Champaign County Courthouse on April 29.