Jim Rossow

Jim Rossow

Top of the morning, Feb. 25, 2015

At 83, Bill Tate has lost a step or two.

But given the chance to confront the hoodlums who swiped his Rose Bowl memorabilia from inside his house in Omaha, Neb., the former Illini and Mattoon football star might run as fast as he did against Stanford in '52.

"I would go after them," he said. "I'd probably get hurt, but it'd be worth it."

1955 wedding gown fits just fine 60 years later

Just have a baby? Planning to get married? Celebrating an anniversary? About to turn 100?

Top of the morning, Feb. 24, 2015

His friends played it smart, baking a cake minus decorations to take to Sunday's Academy Awards party in Urbana. Then, when "Interstellar" won for Best Visual Effects, they raced into the kitchen and used icing to spell out "Congratulations."

"I was surprised and thrilled," AJ Christensen said — about the Oscar if not the cake.

Top of the morning, Feb. 22, 2015

If "Whiplash" wins Best Picture at tonight's Academy Awards, Uni High grad Helen Estabrook, will be invited to the stage at Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

She produced the film, which is considered a long shot to bring home an Oscar.

If only Mom had a vote.

Top of the morning, Feb. 21, 2015

A.J. Christensen will spend Oscars night like he usually does — with friends gathered around a TV in Urbana, predicting who wins each Academy Award.

Except this year, he might have to deliver an acceptance speech.

Top of the morning, Feb. 19, 2015

Hall of Famer Lou Henson isn't the only Illinois coach folks are raving about these days.

In the eyes of tenants at Liberty Estates in Danville, John Groce can do no wrong.

Top of the morning, Feb. 18, 2015

On Wednesdays, we spotlight area kids doing good things in Younger Generation.

Top of the morning, Feb. 17, 2015

Last week, we invited the four Champaign mayoral candidates — Deb Feinen, Karen Foster, Joe Petry, Don Gerard — to our multimedia studio for video interviews with columnist Tom Kacich. 

Top of the morning, Feb. 15, 2015

"Consistently recognized among the nation's best sports sections"

You'll find that atop Sports in each day's News-Gazette. And last week's results from the national Associated Press Sports Editors contest reaffirmed our place as one of "the nation's best."

Top of the morning, Feb. 14, 2015

I don't do Valentine's Day very well — ask Mrs. Rossow — but Ann Rhoton came to my rescue. Since 1999, she's hosted the popular "Standard Time with Ann Rhoton" radio program on WDWS 1400-AM (6 a.m. Sundays — check out her ad on B-3), what she calls "a wonderful opportunity to bask in the warm memories of days gone by with a listenership that has been extraordinarily fun to share with."