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.
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.
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.
Before turning out the newsroom lights for Christmas break, we received a lift from kind-hearted readers.
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."
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.
On Wednesdays throughout the school year, area students will fill us in on what's happening at their high schools:
John Jansky will speed-paint a portrait of World Series champ David Ross — upside down, no less — to raise money during the upcoming Tom Jones Challenger League Benefit in Champaign.
Champaign's Liam Slesinski made headlines over the weekend for rescuing Eastern Illinois' stranded — and hungry — men's basketball team during its trip to Missouri.