Jim Rossow

Jim Rossow

Top of the Morning, Aug. 23, 2017

Donated to Bottenfield Elementary School in 2016, a century-old, cast-iron school bell was put to use for the first time Monday.

MARY PORTER, whose family owned Champaign's one-room Porter Schoolhouse in the 1800s before it burned down, did the honors as part of the school's traditional flag ceremony.

Top of the Morning, Aug. 22, 2017

Oakwood High's CAMERON LEE has a lot of people rooting him on in his pursuit of an NFL dream.

A rookie offensive lineman with the Bengals, Lee played in front of more than a dozen family and friends at last weekend's game against the Chiefs in Cincinnati. Afterward, the Lees gathered at Hotel Covington on the Kentucky side of the Ohio River.

Top of the Morning, Aug. 20, 2017

Share your eclipse story by emailing N-G Media's Jim Rossow at jrossow@news-gazette.com

Here's one from Tuscola's Kim Livezey Eisenbarth:

"May 10, 1994, was a cosmic event in my life. Not only was there an annular eclipse, but my second daughter was born.

Top of the Morning, Aug. 19, 2017

Adjusting schedules because of an eclipse, like many schools are doing Monday, has been going on for years. In a nod to TOM KACICH's daily history items, here's what The News-Gazette reported on July 21, 1963, the day after an afternoon eclipse.

Top of the Morning, Aug. 17, 2017

Listen to the coach sing here.

It's BRAD UNDERWOOD's turn to mingle with the Wrigley Field set today.

'A real solid freshman player'

Loren Tate's starting lineup for the 2017-18 season includes freshman Mark Smith, named the state's best player by The News-Gazette after a banner finishing season at Edwardsville High.

But don't expect too much out of Brad Underwood's marquee recruit.

Top of the Morning, Aug. 16, 2017

On a wall inside Giant City Lodge hangs pictures of the many politicians and celebrities to have stopped by the southern Illinois hotspot, including former President BILL CLINTON.

Any commotion caused by their visits, however, won't be anything like the ruckus resulting from Monday's eclipse.

Top of the Morning, Aug. 15, 2017

I'd like to thank the 352 high school athletes for visiting our downtown Champaign office on Sunday.

They stopped by — in uniform — to have their photo taken for our popular feature, "Faces of the Fall," which will run daily in our Sports section beginning Aug. 28. Galleries — separated by sport — will also be available for viewing on this website.

Top of the Morning, Aug. 13, 2017

In June, our MELISSA MERLI published a story about the "NASA Space Exhibit" at the Champaign Public Library.

Top of the Morning, Aug. 12, 2017

The basketball team, under the direction of first-year coach LEE CABUTTI, made it to state. The football team, led by legendary TOMMY STEWART, finished undefeated. And the cheerleading team was voted best in Illinois.