Jim Rossow

Jim Rossow

Top of the morning, Jan. 7, 2016

There's still time to toss your Christmas tree to the curb and have it picked up free of charge.

The 30-footer in downtown Champaign comes down this morning. Unlike yours, it requires a crew of at least three to dismantle.

"Putting it up takes at least a day," Champaign forestry supervisor Andrew Lamoreux said. "We can take it down and get it stored in about six hours."

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Top of the morning, Jan. 6, 2016

Rantoul's Reggie Jones is better off today thanks to a Good Samaritan and the editor of the local newspaper.

Top of the morning, Jan. 3, 2016

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Top of the morning, Jan. 2, 2016

Her jaw is wired shut, her cheerleading career is on hold and her return to classes at Oakwood High might be delayed. But 15-year-old Haven Harrison isn’t entirely bummed out to start 2016. The freshman has family, friends and even rivals to thank for that.

Top of the morning, Dec. 31, 2015

A few hours after many of his customers ring in the New Year, Toby Herges will open the doors — as he does every morning — to the bar he runs in Champaign.

Just don’t expect Tumble Inn to be hoppin’ at 7 a.m. Friday.

Top of the morning, Dec. 30, 2015

I asked Ann Rhoton, host of “Standard Time” on WDWS 1400-AM (6 a.m. Sundays), for five must-listen songs on New Year’s Eve. She went overboard. 

UPDATE: I-72 all clear in Piatt County

At 6:20 p.m., it was reported that both westbound lanes on Interstate 72 at Milepost 159 near Monticello are open for traffic.


At 5:20 p.m., Illinois State Police said one westbound lane of I-72 at Milepost 159 had been re-opened to traffic. Both lanes should be open within an hour.


Top of the morning, Dec. 29, 2015

Champaign’s Chris Rapier spent most of a rainy Monday in his office at Morgan Stanley. 

Top of the morning, Dec. 27, 2015

Since we introduced the “Get Well Lou” feature at news-gazette.com, hundreds of readers have responded with notes of encouragement for Lou Henson.