Jim Rossow

Jim Rossow

Top of the Morning, Sept. 7, 2016

“Schlarman Academy welcomes four foreign exchange students to the school this year: Ryusho Wantabe, Vera Shurygina, Antonia Erb and Linda Friedl. They come to Danville from their homes in Europe and Asia.” — Mathias Miles

In 10 years, Mathias Miles told me, he’d like to be making money as a video game producer.
But this year, he’s going to try his hand at reporting.

Top of the Morning, Sept. 6, 2016

I had the pleasure of joining the Saturday Night Live crew at Urbana’s Clark-Lindsey Village over the weekend, where the audience asked great questions about the newspaper industry.

Top of the Morning, Sept. 3, 2016

As a high school senior at Aurora’s Waubonsie Valley, Natalie Wickman never imagined she’d wind up in Champaign-Urbana.

“Most of the people I knew were going to go to college (at the University of Illinois),” she said. “I was hellbent on not going to the same place everyone else was going to.”

So Wickman chose Marquette, where she graduated in May with a degree in journalism.

Top of the Morning, Sept. 1, 2016

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Anglers are a secretive lot, so it was no surprise that 12-year-old Ryan Hendrickson wouldn’t bite when inquiring about his lucky lake.

Top of the Morning, Aug. 31, 2016

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They’re close friends who root for different teams.

That worries Tom Costello ahead of Thursday’s surgery in St. Louis, where he is to receive Tom Kacich’s kidney.

Top of the Morning, Aug. 30, 2016

No longer the No. 1 party school in the country, Illinois still stayed in the Top 5 for the fifth consecutive year.

Princeton Review’s 2017 edition of “The Best 381 Colleges” — released Monday — named Big Ten rival Wisconsin as the top party school. The UI checked in at No. 3 behind West Virginia.

Top of the morning, Aug. 28, 2016

Gladys Kephart's room at Windsor of Savoy isn't anywhere near Apartment 108. Yet she often makes the long walk in the hopes of hearing beautiful music coming from behind the door in the southwest corner of the retirement village.

"I'll stand there and listen to him play," she said. "It's wonderful."

Top of the Morning, Aug. 27, 2016

In this year’s Answer Book — which published last Sunday and still is available at our downtown offices — we spotlighted one veteran from 50 area towns. Here’s more on Gifford’s hero, Ray Buck.

To celebrate his 89th birthday, Ray Buck went for a ride.

About 1,800 feet in the air.

“What a view,” the Army veteran said. “Loved seeing all the area from so far up in the air.”

Top of the Morning, Aug. 25, 2016

The start of high school football is a big deal in our newsroom. Some reminders:

— On Friday, we’ll publish our 20-page special section with information on 34 area teams, our preseason Nifty 50 and coaches’ polls for every area conference.

Top of the Morning, Aug. 24, 2016

There’s not a bigger Chicago fan than Steve Kelly, who has made the band’s music part of his popular radio show — “SportsTalk” — on WDWS 1400-AM.