Jim Rossow

Jim Rossow

Top of the morning, July 30, 2015

— Our area's representative at the Special Olympics World Games is enjoying her time in Los Angeles.

Competing in a relay, 800 meters and shot put, 21-year-old Gillian Dabrowski told her mom that the "rooms and food are great" at Team USA's home base on the campus of USC. Dabrowski's final event is Saturday followed by closing ceremonies on Sunday and a return to Champaign on Monday.

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Top of the morning, July 29, 2015

The latest "Story Behind The Photo" comes courtesy Heather Coit, whose striking A-1 image of a "miracle horse" named Blondie resulted in considerable feedback from our readers:

During photo shoots, I don't always have time to stay for the interview but I'm glad I was able to listen to Sandy and Rex Bradfield share their story of how they fell in love with Blondie.

Top of the morning, July 28, 2015

LISTEN IN: Gov. Bruce Rauner is scheduled to join radio personality Brian Barnhart at 9:15 a.m. today for about a 10-minute interview on WDWS 1400-AM.

Barnhart wasn't sure of the response he'd get when he pitched the idea to the governor's camp. "It's always a long shot," he said. "Their time is pretty limited."

Top of the morning, July 26, 2015

Bill Peithmann's pride and joy — a flag touting the Mahomet Area Youth Club — is tucked away in a plastic bag in his dresser. It needs the rest.

Last week, the 61-year-old Mahomet lawyer planted the flag atop Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. He reached the summit alongside his 18-year-old stepson, recent Mahomet-Seymour grad Logan McCann.

Top of the morning, July 25, 2015

For Debbie Deremiah, the rigmarole of moving a one-room schoolhouse from Rantoul to Penfield was definitely worth it.

The cost (about $11,000), the traffic ("it took up the whole road," she said), the time (an eight-hour drive on country roads) ... members of the I&I Antique Tractor Club would do it again in a jiffy.

Top of the morning, July 23, 2015

We devoted the cover of today's e3 to Saturday's wildly popular demolition derby at the Champaign County Fair.

Meanwhile, Champaign County Fair president Mike Kobel devoted much of his office to the 19 humongous trophies that will be handed out this weekend. "Each year the purses go up and the trophies get bigger," he said.

Top of the morning, July 22, 2015

On Wednesdays, we spotlight area folks making news in "Neighbors." Here's something to get you there.

Top of the morning, July 21, 2015

The kids from Champaign's First String got more than a trophy for participating in Little League baseball this season.

In what has become an annual highlight for the boys and girls in the Douglass Park area, a charter bus and caravan of cars whisked players and their parents to a White Sox game in Chicago.

Top of the morning, July 19, 2015

A week from today, Cunningham Children's Home will celebrate 120 years of service by welcoming back alumni of all ages.

That includes 89-year-old Don Pittman of Loda, who owns a never-to-be-broken record: Youngest to milk a cow at Cunningham.

"I was 7," he said, "and they did away with the cows shortly after I left. So it's my record."