Jim Rossow

Jim Rossow

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:

ALAH

Top of the morning, Dec. 21, 2016

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.

Top of the Morning, Dec. 20, 2016

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.

Top of the Morning, Dec. 18, 2016

Read his obituary here

Fred Schooley had his own barstool at Tumble Inn.

Eventually.