Jim Rossow

Jim Rossow

Top of the Morning, Oct. 13, 2016

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The day after the Cubs beat the Tigers in the 1908 World Series, the story played out on A-4 of The Champaign Daily Gazette. Not sure how sales went that Thursday but it’s clear the interest in the team wasn’t as high as it is today.

Two reminders as the Cubs march toward ending their 108-year drought:

How it looked in 1908

The day after the Cubs beat the Tigers in the 1908 World Series, the story played out on A-4 of  The Champaign Daily Gazette. That's right, A-4. With a really small, odd headline.

Marnie Hess, with the Champaign County Historical Archives at the Urbana Free Library, on Wednesday morning was kind enough to research how we covered the Cubs last World Series championship.

High School Confidential: Week 5

On Wednesdays throughout the school year, area students will fill us in on what's happening at their high schools:

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The school's volleyball team beat Tri-County to win the Little Okaw Valley Conference championship. Sophomore Kara Yoder said the best part was "the excitement and beating a hard team and knowing that you earned it."

Top of the Morning, Oct. 12, 2016

At 2 p.m. Sunday outside Newman, the Wesley Chapel Church celebrates the 125th anniversary of its founding.

There’ll be pie and ice cream — but no sermons.

“Ain’t no preachin’ down here,” said Steve Allen, a lifelong member who has served the church in a number of capacities.

Top of the Morning, Oct. 11, 2016

Looking ahead ...

— Energy was high at last week's Forty Under 40 banquet (above), Angi Franklin and Justin Overstreet giving strong acceptance speeches after receiving their Woman and Man of the Year awards.

Top of the Morning, Oct. 8, 2016

If Lovie Smith has free time after coaching the Illini today, he’s invited to hang around Memorial Stadium, where hundreds of Boy Scouts will spend the night sleeping in tents.

“We weren’t sure about Lovie’s camping history,” said Prairielands Council’s Kurt Brown, who helps coordinate the event, “but we’re confident he could teach sports merit badge.”

Top of the Morning, Oct. 6, 2016

It’s easy to spot — and hear — Da Hill Gang at Danville High football games.

Formed in 1998 by former players, coaches and parents, this fun-loving bunch of tailgaters dances to a live DJ before, during and sometimes after Vikings games.

High School Confidential: Week 4

On Wednesdays throughout the school year, area students will fill us in on what's happening at their high schools:

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Top of the Morning, Oct. 5, 2016

Ruth Klitzing of Sadorus turns 100 on Oct. 15, the same day the Cubs would host Game 1 of the National League Championship Series.

So if you’re going to wish her happy birthday, do it before the first pitch.

“She seems to be getting more intense every game,” said her daughter, Karen Tempel.

Top of the Morning, Oct. 4, 2016

Turns out Arnold Palmer wasn’t the only legendary golfer to swing by Champaign-Urbana during the prime of his career.