Jim Rossow

Jim Rossow

Top of the Morning, June 11, 2017

On Friday afternoon, The News-Gazette was named the top newspaper in its class in Illinois for the third consecutive year, continuing a streak unlike any other in our 165-year history. Keeping the Mabel S. Shaw Memorial Trophy reminded everyone in our proud newsroom of the excellent work they do.

Top of the Morning, June 10, 2017

As thrilled as Walter and Charlotte Arnstein are to celebrate their 65th anniversary, there are residents at Clark-Lindsey who are even happier than the loving couple.

That's because Peter Arnstein, an accomplished pianist, will treat his parents — and friends — to a recital tonight in the retirement village's music room.

Top of the Morning, June 8, 2017

We didn't just change the look of our weekly weekend preview.

We changed the name of it.

And, as you'll notice by flipping through today's eight-page extra, we changed the feel of it.

On The Go: Powered by News-Gazette Media is bigger and bolder thanks to contributions from every corner of our operation, from the newsroom at 15 Main to the radio center on South Neil.

Top of the Morning, June 7, 2017

Catching up with ...

... LINDSEY YODER, the 14-year-old from Arthur who began walking to Nashville, Tenn., on May 28 to shine the spotlight on — and raise money to fight — human trafficking. She's made it Lawrenceville — roughly a third of the way — but "is hot and tired," said her mom, REGINA.

Top of the Morning, June 6, 2017

The late, great Dave Shaul helped introduce "Illini Night" at the Tom Jones Challenger League, which allows children facing physical and mental challenges the opportunity to play baseball.

Top of the Morning, June 4, 2017

A sure sign that legendary Lou Henson is feeling better these days:

The Hall of Fame basketball coach just won his first big-time bridge tournament.

Henson and Urbana's Bill Strauss placed first in last weekend's Charity Open Pairs event at the Illini Regional Bridge Tournament in Champaign. Their reward: bottles of champagne.

Top of the Morning, June 1, 2017

On Wednesday, we celebrated John Dixon's retirement with cake and compliments.

Top of the Morning, May 31, 2017

When his children return to Bement in the fall for his high school Hall of Fame induction, perhaps Robert Driskill's violin will make the trip, too.

"I still have it," said Dave Driskill, one of Mr. Driskill's five West Coast-based kids (he lives in Eugene, Ore.). "His parents bought it for him in the fourth grade and he kept it all that time."

Top of the Morning, May 30, 2017

Each June, Champaign County law enforcement types of all shapes and sizes participate in a torch run ahead of the Special Olympics state meet in Bloomington-Normal.

This year, the route is new — and covers much more territory. The 25.9-mile marathon starts in Fisher and includes stops in Rantoul, Thomasboro and Urbana.

Top of the Morning, May 28, 2017

Albert Parker American Legion Post 620's color guard — like those drivers in Indy — are beasts behind the steering wheel on Memorial Day weekend.

Today, the dozen or so members will stuff their guns and instruments and flags in their cars so they can caravan to four ceremonies at four different sites in a 90-minute window.