Jim Rossow

Jim Rossow

Top of the Morning, June 29, 2017

Our latest news hound is Kerry Lenart.

The 1981 Georgetown High grad used his iPhone to supply riveting photos and videos from Wednesday's elevator fire in Georgetown.

"I was coming into town and saw a lot of smoke and my first thought was: 'It's coming from my building,'" said the owner of Lenhart Auction & Realty. "I was glad it wasn't."

Lou & Loren: The podcast

How does Lou Henson want to be remembered?

"Just as a pretty good basketball coach and a nice guy," the 85-year-old Hall of Fame coach told longtime friend Loren Tate during a recent 30-minute conversation that kicks off a podcast project of ours.

Lou on ...

Top of the Morning, June 28, 2017

Over the weekend, we reached 36,000 followers on Twitter (@news_gazette). Even better, the milestone-maker is someone we know.

Former Illini football player Bryan Truttling (@BryanTruttling), a fourth-grade teacher at Garden Hills Elementary in Champaign, got us there.

Top of the Morning, June 27, 2017

Before we announce the 10th class of Central Illinois Business Magazine's Forty Under 40 winners, a shout-out to the all-star judges who made it possible.

Top of the Morning, June 25, 2017

Hiking and Allerton Park go hand in hand.

Camping? Not so much.

That's what makes August's offer to pitch a tent next to the famous Sun Singer statue (above) so enticing.

"I'm thinking the view of the sky is pretty unique," Allerton's Bridget Frerichs said.

Top of the Morning, June 24, 2017

The Emord siblings will proudly represent the family at today's dedication of Emord Memorial Park in downtown Gifford.

Top of the Morning, June 22, 2017

Don Follis' next "On Faith" column in The News-Gazette is scheduled to run July 2.

That's if he doesn't melt first.

Our longtime contributing pastor is spending his summer study leave in Phoenix, where on Wednesday it was a bit toasty (read about the heat wave on A-7).

Top of the Morning, June 20, 2017

Staff writer Paul Wood's fantastic weekly series on area veterans — "Those Who Served" — turned 3 years old earlier this month. But it's not just what these brave men and women tell Wood that make their stories so compelling — it's how they say it.

Top of the Morning, June 18, 2017

Goreville, population 1,067 and home of the Blackcats, is going to be bursting at the seams on Aug. 21 — thanks to astronomers from the University of Illinois.

Top of the Morning, June 17, 2017

There will be more than golf taking place today at Woodlawn Country Club in Farmer City.

At 10:30 a.m. underneath a tent near the ninth green, 22-year-old Colin Bishop will be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Marines. Both ceremony and site hold meaning for Bishop, a patriotic type who basically grew up on the course as a Blue Ridge High School player.