Jim Rossow

Jim Rossow

First Christian volunteer cooking with joy for eighth-straight year

One of 250 volunteers involved with Monday's Community Christmas Dinner, Marcia Woolcott has an extra-important role: Cooking.

She's done it every year at the Dec. 25 event at First Christian Church in Champaign.

Top of the Morning, Dec. 23, 2017

On Saturdays, we'll introduce additions to the growing newsroom at News-Gazette Media. Today: ADALBERTO TOLEDO

I could use more space to tell of 22-year-old watchdog reporter who goes by ALDO, but here goes:

Top of the Morning, Dec. 21, 2017

Arcola schools once again showed their giving side — with an assist from rival Tuscola.

Tuesday's boys' basketball game between the Purple Riders and Warriors marked the end of a wildly successful monthlong push to benefit the Masonic Lodge in Arcola. Fans were given the option to gain entry: Buy a ticket or donate two items.

'I think we can make a good run at it'

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2017-18 High School Confidential: Week 14

Welcome to Year 2 of High School Confidential, a project involving 35 area high school students who will write weekly for The News-Gazette and news-gazette.com. We’ll introduce each of the budding journalists throughout the school year, and let each student take over our Snapchat account 'News-Gazette.' The panel:

Academy High: Mayank Hirani

Top of the Morning, Dec. 20, 2017

As has been the case since the first Community Christmas Dinner in 2010, there will be a bunch of TURNERs helping out Monday at First Christian Church in Champaign.

Top of the Morning, Dec. 19, 2017

Zac Sickler missed Central Illinois Business' Forty Under 40 banquet in September, even though he was one of the honored guests. But the CEO and owner of IdHair North America had a rock-solid excuse: He was taking part in drill duties for the Air National Guard in Terre Haute, Ind.

"It would have been great to have been there," he said, "and meet all the other folks who were honored."

Top of the Morning, Dec. 17, 2017

For 25 years, Jeffrey Frerichs and Deanne Sims have teamed to provided dental care to the residents of Swann Special Care Center, a Champaign nonprofit that assists those with severe intellectual disabilities. That impressive and helpful run's about to end as Sims is in the process of moving to Tennessee to join her husband, Chuck.

Top of the Morning, Dec. 16, 2017

On Saturdays, we'll introduce additions to the growing newsroom at News-Gazette Media. Today: Prep sports coordinator Colin Likas.

COLIN LIKAS spent three years helping design and edit our nationally recognized sports section. But his goal out of Butler University was to write, calling it "a passion of mine."

Top of the Morning, Dec. 14, 2017

The men of Pi Kappa Alpha could be studying for finals today.

Instead, about 100 members of the University of Illinois chapter of the fraternity will make the short drive to Champaign's Garden Hills Elementary School for the annual "Pike Presents," which "really brings everybody's mood up," said SHAWN LEMME, a UI senior from Inverness.