Jim Rossow

Jim Rossow

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.

Top of the morning, Dec. 29, 2016

Year in Review: Photo galleries

We're closing in on 500,000 pageviews for our photo galleries at news-gazette.com in 2016. Here are the 10 that drew the most online traffic:

1. Tornado near Homer. Steve Hoffman of the Piatt County Journal-Republic and our John Dixon were on the scene on Sept. 9.

Top of the morning, Dec. 28, 2016

Champaign Central is one of 12 high school jazz bands — and the only one from Illinois — selected to participate in the prestigious 2017 Savannah (Ga.) Music Festival.

I asked director John Currey if he could go ahead and guarantee a first-place finish.

Top of the morning, Dec. 27, 2016

Before turning out the newsroom lights for Christmas break, we received a lift from kind-hearted readers.

Top of the morning, Dec. 24, 2016

Here's what to know about our recently hired business and watchdog reporter, Ben Zigterman:

— There's no TV in his Champaign apartment. On purpose.

"I don't watch a lot of sports and can get the stuff I need online," said Zigterman, who relies on an iPad and iPhone. "It really wasn't hard to give up."

Top of the morning, Dec. 22, 2016

Notes from the newsroom ...

— A reminder that, sticking with tradition, we won't publish a print edition of The News-Gazette on Christmas Day. But the usual Sunday fare — from more sections to packets of coupons — will be included in Saturday's newspaper, which will be bumped up to 56 pages and priced at $2.

High School Confidential: Week 14

On Wednesdays throughout the school year, area students will fill us in on what's happening at their high schools:

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