Jim Rossow

Jim Rossow

Top of the morning, June 9, 2016

News that will excite the crowd at this weekend's Raggedy Ann Rally in downtown Arcola:

Hall of Fame sculptor Jerry McKenna is on schedule with his Raggedy Ann and Andy statue that will be delivered to Douglas County in the fall.

Top of the morning, June 8, 2016

Who wouldn't want to be in Joe Hardy's group when league play resumes tonight at Lincolnshire Fields Country Club?

The 60-year-old from Champaign is a good-luck charm in FootJoys. At least he was at Sunday's member tournament when — in a span of 27 holes — he witnessed what most golfers don't see in a lifetime: two aces and an eagle.

Top of the morning, June 7, 2016

An open invitation

On Saturday, crime and courts reporter Mary Schenk told stories from 30-plus years on the beat to an enthusiastic group at the biannual spring luncheon of the Douglas County Republican Women.

Top of the morning, June 5, 2016

Of course the cast covering her broken right wrist is orange.

"I told them when they were putting it on that I didn't care," Lila Jeanne "Shorty" Eichelberger said. "But my friend who was with me told them it had to be orange."

Top of the morning, June 4, 2016

They have 15 rehearsals before sharing the stage with a legend. "We're on hyperdrive," Danville High School director of choirs John Neubauer said.

Top of the morning, June 2, 2016

Not everyone left the state Capitol in a bad mood Tuesday.

Salt Fork's state champion girls' track and field team thoroughly enjoyed its visit to Springfield — even as Democrats and Republicans squabbled the night away.

"I think our resolution was the only thing that was unanimously passed," Salt Fork coach Gail Biggerstaff said.

Top of the morning, June 1, 2016

What might be the most famous baseball in Uni High history needs a home.

It recently was removed from the school's trophy case in part because of space limitations. The Illineks have been so good in so many other sports, the baseball signed by 24 trend-setting players and coaches got bumped to the office of longtime teacher Joel Beesley.

No matter.

Top of the morning, May 31, 2016

Until late Friday night, Monticello's Harold Hansen figured he'd spend Sunday at a cookout with family and friends.

Top of the morning, May 29, 2016

Just have a baby? Planning to get married? Celebrating an anniversary? About to turn 100 (or even 105, below)? We'd love to hear about it.

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.