Jim Rossow

Jim Rossow

Top of the Morning, Sept. 17, 2014

Following up on our stories:

— Typically, the site selection for Farm Aid '15 would be announced in June.

"But with next year being Farm Aid's 30th anniversary, we are hoping to announce earlier," Farm Aid spokesperson Brittany Vanderpool said.

Top of the Morning, Sept. 16, 2014

Bus Stories

— Did you know Champaign Central takes a bus to its home football games?

Since Tommy Stewart Field is located at Centennial High School — Central's chief rival — the Maroons prefer to dress and warm up at their practice facility a mile to the east. For a 7 p.m. game, they hop on a yellow bus at 6:20 to reach the field in time for the coin toss.

Top of the Morning, Sept. 14, 2014

Next year, Farm Aid turns 30.

How cool would it be to hold it at the place where it all started, Memorial Stadium?

"I don't know where we're going next year," said the show's producer, Ron Stern, who has been in charge since Day 1. "We talk about (returning to Champaign) all the time."

Top of the Morning, Sept. 13, 2014

Things lean and mean STEVE WARNS won't do after finishing today's Crazy K at the Champaign County Fairgrounds (preview, B-1):

— Party. "I will be more interested in going to bed," he said.

— Show off a first-place ribbon. "Me and my knocked knees aren't going to set any records," he said. "But barring any major broken bones, I WILL finish."

Top of the Morning, Sept. 11, 2014

Newsroom notes:

— Congratulations to executive sports editor Fred Kroner, who on Wednesday received the IHSA Distinguished Media Service Award. The Class of 2014 also includes John Radtke of the Daily Herald Fox Valley edition and Jim Taylor, the voice of WRMJ radio in Aledo.

Top of the Morning, Sept. 10, 2014

SUSAN ALDRIDGE's visit last weekend to the 9/11 Memorial Museum didn't disappoint. And not just because her brother-in-law played a lead role in designing the massive complex at the site of the World Trade Center in Manhattan.

"Inspiring is not quite the correct word," said Aldridge, drama director at Centennial High School. "Moving, I think, is better."

Top of the Morning, Sept. 9, 2014

Thoughts about the new-look SFC? Tell 'em to Tom Kacich here and he'll get back to you

The 200 Level at State Farm Center — formerly C Section — is taking shape.

Top of the Morning, Sept. 7, 2014

Parham Parastaran could tell Crazy K stories for as long as it'd take someone to complete his 5K obstacle course at the Champaign County Fairgrounds. But the man behind next Saturday's popular fundraiser stops in his tracks when Team Danny is the topic.

"An inspiration," he said. "It made me feel great helping be a part of something so much bigger."

Top of the Morning, Sept. 6, 2014

He's a music teacher for Rantoul schools, plays drums and percussion with the Prairie Dogs, New Orleans Jazz Machine and Parkland Orchestra, and will be at the Virginia Theatre tonight singing along to one of his favorite performers.

Recruiting buzz: Evans or Brunson

Recruiting blogger Matt Daniels has plenty of basketball on his plate even though it's Week 2 of the UI football season. Get your questions in by clicking here for his 1 p.m. chat today.

Jawun Evans is due in town. Any chance of a pancake house commitment?