Jim Rossow

Top of the Morning, June 25, 2014

Our new "Neighbors" feature can be found toward the back of each Wednesday's B Section (it's on B-9 today). It's meant to spotlight folks in our community up to plenty of good. Like Cody Morris.

Basketball chat: What's up with Brunson?

Read the chat here

Watch MJ on video here


Top of the Morning, June 24, 2014

SUSAN MARSHALL figured her low-key husband, BILL, wouldn't be caught on camera during Sunday's World Cup soccer match between the United States and Portugal.

What would you rather watch: World Cup or MLB? Weigh in with Tom Kacich here

Top of the Morning, June 22, 2014

Our e3 cover story on pole dancing earned me an odd look at home from the wife and kids. So I asked Cass Palmer, Pole Dancer No. 1 in our community, what kind of reaction she gets when she tells of her expertise.

"Just like any other aerial art, pole is not something to be ashamed of," she said. "My mantra is: 'Ain't nothing wrong with pole dancing!' Because, there isn't."

Top of the Morning, June 21, 2014

This weekend's fundraiser for a local dog rescue operation goes by a fun name — "Yappy Hour" — but has serious consequences.

"It's going to make or break us going forward," Mobile Mutts coordinator Marion Stevens said. "It means everything."

Top of the Morning, June 19, 2014

Harvest Moon Drive-In GM Ben Harroun said Wednesday that more than 700 tickets have been sold for tonight's live broadcast of a Jimmy Buffett concert, which will be shown rain or shine. So what will get the folks in Gibson City out of their front seats?

Top of the Morning, June 18, 2014

During a newsroom cleansing last week, I happened upon a News-Gazette sports page from March 29, 1995. Two things caught my eye:

1. Michael Jordan was wearing No. 45 for the Bulls. He was the lead story after scoring 55 points against the Knicks in his fifth game back from retirement. He would later switch back to No. 23 and resume winning championships.

Top of the Morning, June 17, 2014

For the last-minute lowdown on the Showcase of Homes, which runs Friday through June 29 in Savoy, we went to a voice of experience: longtime Realtor Stefanie Pratt. "I built my home in the last Showcase of Homes in Liberty on the Lake in 2009," she said. "I experienced almost 7,000 people through my house and it was interesting to see and hear the comments."

Top of the Morning, June 15, 2014

Dan Fowler was in French Lick, Ind., for work when he and his wife spotted a For Sale sign in front of one of the most recognizable houses in town.

"I joked with her: 'Want to buy Larry Bird's house?' " Dan said. "We're both spontaneous people. We walked in, realized it was affordable and we bought it."

Top of the Morning, June 14, 2014

Checking in on two of the area's traditional dining and entertainment favorites:

— I phoned Betty Hoots this week to check on the status of her famous Burger King restaurant in Mattoon (the Whopper-free one). Someone had told me it was going to close after 62 years in business.

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