Jim Rossow

Jim Rossow

Top of the morning, May 28, 2016

Notes from the newsroom:

— Publisher John Reed put it best during his Friday morning radio appearance on WDWS 1400-AM when asked about our eEdition.

"Radically updated," he said.

Top of the morning, May 26, 2016

Here's the scoop on one of the area's yummiest fundraisers: Saturday's Champaign-Urbana Kiwanis Club all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast (7:30-11 a.m.) at Bromley Hall, 910 S. Third St, C:

— There's been a lot of batter in the first 21 years: About 10,000 guests have devoured 31,000 pancakes.

Top of the morning, May 25, 2016

Having family by her side was fantastic. And the trip to get frozen yogurt was a treat.

But what put Eloise Heller's 92nd birthday celebration over the top was the award she received on her special day.

Top of the morning, May 24, 2016

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Sunday's celebration at Salem Baptist Church in Champaign included visiting pastors and a table full of proclamations, including one from the White House. It also featured the oldest living member of the congregation — 95-year-old Veola Tinsley — on video, highlighting the church's 150-year history.

Top of the morning, May 22, 2016

I'm happy to report that Wayne Foran is indeed alive, well and a very good sport.

Earlier this week, we published a brief about the latest additions to the Bement High School Hall of Fame, a class that we wrote included "the late Wayne Foran (Class of 1943)."

Foran, 90 and still living on the outskirts of Bement, "had a good laugh over it," said his wife of 62 years, Claudette.

Top of the morning, May 21, 2016

I figured Brad Allen would be a nervous wreck today.

Principal at Tuscola High, he has a graduation ceremony to run. Father of a senior softball slugger, Karli, he has a regional championship game to sweat out.

But Allen said he's worry-free. An office staff like no other makes commencement a breeze. "I just have to show up and talk," he said.

Top of the morning, May 19, 2016

The senior class of the Marching Illini is spoiled.

Top of the morning, May 18, 2016

On Wednesday, we spotlight do-gooders in "Neighbors" and "Younger Generation." Something to get you there:

Top of the morning, May 17, 2016

Each year, kind-hearted residents of Maple Point cheer on participants at Monticello's Kirby Derby by waving homemade signs of support. Each year, the 5K and 10K runners return the favor.

"People come up to them and shake their hands, tell them it's their favorite place to run by," Maple Point director Kara Olsen said. "We always hear a lot of good comments."

Top of the morning, May 15, 2016

Where did Don Hansen get the idea for next month's reunion of Champaign Central High School faculty and staff?

"Every time a group of us get together — usually at funerals — we always say we should get together in happier times," he said.