Jim Rossow

Jim Rossow

Top of the Morning, Oct. 17, 2017

On Tuesdays, we'll introduce the students behind "High School Confidential."

Top of the Morning, Oct. 15, 2017

Introducing our latest newsroom addition doesn't seem entirely necessary. That's because so many of you already know of photographer Stephen Haas.

He's a Danville native who has settled in Champaign after spending time in Monticello, and he comes to us after working at two nearby newspapers.

"I've always loved living here," Haas said. "So does my family."

Top of the Morning, Oct. 14, 2017

While you watched at home, these locals took in Thursday's wild, late-night NLDS clincher:

Top of the Morning, Oct. 12, 2017

A follow-up to our story on Friday's Paint the Field Pink game at Oakwood:

Oakwood football coach WADE DeVRIES asks a lot of his players.

This week, that includes bringing empty milk jugs and whatever change they can scrounge to school.

Top of the Morning, Oct. 11, 2017

Following up on a lead from Cissna Park's OLIVIA STOLLER, one of our "High School Confidential" correspondents:

Donna's Bakery has a nice ring to it. But it's not going to happen.

"I like to bake," 52-year-old DONNA JEAN said. "But I like to teach even better."

2017-18 High School Confidential: Week 4

Welcome to Year 2 of High School Confidential, a project involving 34 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. The panel:

Top of the Morning, Oct. 10, 2017

On Tuesdays, we'll introduce the kids behind "High School Confidential." Today: Urbana's JOEY WRIGHT, a 17-year-old senior who has a bright future in this business. He broadcasts and announces many Urbana high school and middle school athletic events as well as handling morning announcements.

Top of the Morning, Oct. 8, 2017

Anne Zolt has the energy of those kindergartners she helps teach at Carrie Busey Elementary in Savoy.

Anne Zolt is 90 years old.

"I've been blessed with good health," she said. "And I think I have excessive adrenaline, I really do."

Top of the Morning, Oct. 7, 2017

DICK COGDAL enjoyed his visit with the Marching Illini earlier this week.

His toes gave it away.

"He stayed through the whole rehearsal," said good friend JOE RANK, who accompanied the 100-year-old Marching Illini alum to the Harding Band Building. "His feet were tapping. He was really into it."

Top of the Morning, Oct. 5, 2017

Of the five minutes allotted for the couple to speak at tonight's Pillar Celebration, Ed Scharlau figures his better half — Carol — will take up all but about 30 seconds.

"I'll have to make it quick," he said.