Jim Rossow

Jim Rossow

Top of the Morning, Jan. 20, 2018

LOU HENSON didn't get to celebrate much on his 86th birthday.

"Too busy going from appointment to appointment," said his wife, MARY. "We started (at the hospital) at 5:30 a.m. and didn't get done until 10:30 that night.

"Happy birthday, Lou."

Top of the Morning, Jan. 18, 2018

Not everyone is complaining about the latest cold spell. Like VANESSA DUNCAN, who puts on the Polar Plunge in these parts for Special Olympics Illinois.

"Polar Plunge wouldn't work in Florida," she said. "We need it cold."

Heartbreak City

In his 51 years on the beat, Loren Tate has seen plenty of shots like Nebraska's buzzer-beating three-pointer that sank Brad Underwood's Illini late Monday night.

Top of the Morning, Jan. 17, 2018

How best to judge the impact of LAURA GIRTON?

She has rivals from Bismarck (where she's been a longtime teacher) and Oakwood (where her kids went to school) behaving like best friends.

2017-18 High School Confidential: Week 16

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.

Top of the Morning, Jan. 16, 2018

On Tuesdays, we'll introduce the kids behind "High School Confidential." Today: Georgetown-Ridge Farm's WILLOW RAY, a senior who seemingly has a hand in everything.

She plays basketball, volleyball and in the band, helps put out the school newspaper and participates in Scholastic Bowl and the National Honor Society.

Top of the Morning, Jan. 14, 2018

Dom Ward says he's retired from basketball. But his Champaign Jefferson Middle School teammates aren't ready to see him go just yet.

"We're hoping to get to state, get him a medal and get his name on the trophy," eighth-grade coach Josh Sterling said.

Top of the Morning, Jan. 13, 2018

On Saturdays, we'll introduce additions to the growing newsroom at News-Gazette Media. Today: LYNDSAY JONES, our new education beat writer.

Turns out this isn't Jones' first newspaper job.

She was 8 when she got started, inspired by her reporter of an American Girl doll named Kit Kittredge.

Top of the Morning, Jan. 10, 2018

THERON SANDS was back at work Tuesday, the silver medal he won at the U.S. Olympic speedskating long-track team trials by his side.

At 53, the accountant for C-U Under Construction just missed out on becoming the one of the oldest Winter Olympians in the event's rich history. He finished second in the 10,000-meter race Thursday in Milwaukee.

How'd he celebrate?

2017-18 High School Confidential: Week 15

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.' This week's host: Bement's Sydney Gadbury, who will take us behind the scenes on Thursday.