Jim Rossow

Jim Rossow

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.

Top of the morning, May 11, 2016

She's a spunky 19-year-old who loves playing sports, riding four-wheelers and living on the farm. Here's more on Fisher's Courtney Delaney, this year's recipient of The News-Gazette Farm Leader of the Year scholarship who will be honored at a May 27 banquet in Champaign:

She enjoyed her freshman year at the UI.

Henson answers call for help

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. — Lou Henson isn’t done with basketball just yet.

The winningest coach in Illinois history on Tuesday was named Special Advisor to New Mexico State’s program by new coach Paul Weir.

Top of the morning, May 10, 2016

A reminder that you can have a say in what classic will be shown as part of the News-Gazette Film Series on June 25 at the Virginia Theatre. The candidates:

— Key Largo (1948)

— The Wizard of Oz (1939)

— Stagecoach (1939)

— Citizen Kane (1941)

— Mildred Pierce (1945)

— It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)

Top of the morning, May 8, 2016

This week, we'll spotlight the college graduation season in the pages of The News-Gazette. For starters:

It's a good thing Lynne Curry is as comfortable behind the wheel as she is in a classroom.