Jim Rossow

Jim Rossow

Top of the Morning, May 27, 2018

When he stopped in for lunch at Burger King on North Prospect, Savoy's Dick Berg noticed a crowd gathered not at the register but at a table-for-one in the middle of the restaurant.

A closer look gave the 71-year-old Vietnam vet chills.

"A very pleasant, unexpected thing," Berg said.

The symbolic table setting (right) can be found at many Burger Kings in our area.

A bus driver like no other

The kids who ride Bus No. 16 in Mahomet are a lucky bunch.

To celebrate the end of each school year, driver Linda Gyuran — Miss Linda to the K-12 crowd — makes sure passengers remember her for more than just picking up and dropping off.

First, she buses them to Dairy Queen in Mahomet. Then, a water gun fight at 13 Acres Park.

Top of the Morning, May 24, 2018

Since 2015, Champaign County's American Legion posts have teamed with News-Gazette Media's three radio stations on the Thursday before Memorial Day to hand out poppies as a tribute to those who served.

It's a popular, productive and patriotic event that last year saw nearly $1,000 in donations.

A head's up that the location has changed.

Top of the Morning, May 23, 2018

Among the many revelers at State Farm Center on Tuesday night for the ALISON KRAUSS-WILLIE NELSON concert:

MARVIN LEE FLESSNER and members of the Marvin Lee Band.

Krauss was 10 years old and living on Hill Street in Champaign when Flessner invited the up-and-comer to join his band.

Top of the Morning, May 22, 2018

LOU HENSON has his outfit picked out for the Hall of Fame Gala on June 15 in Chicago.

"You're supposed to wear a tux. I'll wear my orange coat again," Henson said. "If I can't wear that, I won't show up."

Top of the Morning, May 19, 2018

His friends, Clayton Maupin admits, wouldn't be surprised one bit that he won the 15th annual David Jones Persuasive Speaking Contest.

Uni High's Renner lands spot on 'The Bachelorette'

The new season of "The Bachelorette" includes 2008 Uni High grad Mike Renner.

A member of The News-Gazette's 2008 All-Area Boys' Basketball Team, Renner, 27, currently is an analyst for Pro Football Focus living in Cincinnati.

Top of the Morning, May 17, 2018

Two more examples of a community that cares:

— Last Thursday’s Power of the Purse drew a sold-out crowd of 400 and raised $78,646 toward improving the financial stability of local women.

2017-18 High School Confidential: Week 33

Welcome to Year 2 of High School Confidential, a project involving 36 area high school students who will write weekly for The News-Gazette and news-gazette.com.

Top of the Morning, May 16, 2018

While playing football at Watseka, HAYDEN SCHAUMBURG always wanted to be invited to the Illinois High School Shrine Game.

Four years after suffering a career-ending spinal cord injury, he's getting his wish.