Jim Rossow

Jim Rossow

Top of the Morning, Oct. 7, 2017

DICK COGDAL enjoyed his visit with the Marching Illini earlier this week.

His toes gave it away.

"He stayed through the whole rehearsal," said good friend JOE RANK, who accompanied the 100-year-old Marching Illini alum to the Harding Band Building. "His feet were tapping. He was really into it."

Top of the Morning, Oct. 5, 2017

Of the five minutes allotted for the couple to speak at tonight's Pillar Celebration, Ed Scharlau figures his better half — Carol — will take up all but about 30 seconds.

"I'll have to make it quick," he said.

2017-18 High School Confidential: Week 3

Welcome to Year 2 of High School Confidential, a project involving 34 area high school students who will write weekly for The News-Gazette and news-gazette.com. We’ll introduce each of the budding journalists throughout the school year. The panel:

Top of the Morning, Oct. 3, 2017

On Tuesdays, we'll introduce the kids behind "High School Confidential." Today: St. Joseph-Ogden's Kenzie Pence, a 17-year-old senior who is as good at softball as she is on social media.

On Thursday, the Illinois State recruit will take over The News-Gazette's Snapchat account to give us a tour of SJ-O on a school day. Follow along at 'news-gazette.'

Top of the Morning, Oct. 1, 2017

A second-grade school teacher in Mexico City, Champaign's Gina Hinders experienced firsthand the devastation of last month's earthquake. Trouble was, she couldn't do much to help.

Top of the Morning, Sept. 30, 2017

A real team player, Andy Wenstrand will do anything to help give Illinois volleyball an edge.

Even wear pants that appear to have come from Liberace's closet (right).

Cornhuskers pay Urbana High a visit

URBANA — Before playing at Memorial Stadium on Friday night, Nebraska's football team held a morning walkthrough at Urbana High School.

"There was a buzz around school," Urbana High athletic director Steve Waller said.

Nebraska contacted Urbana officials last week to inquire about using the school's turf field.

Top of the Morning, Sept. 28, 2017

Centennial's first graduating class is getting help from its chief rival at this weekend's milestone homecoming celebration.

Members of the Class of '68 will ride a firetruck — courtesy retired firefighter and Champaign Central grad Lon Pitcher — at Friday's 2:30 p.m. parade around Centennial.

Top of the Morning, Sept. 27, 2017

Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley at 25

It has been 25 years since Gibson City and Mel-Sib students began sharing the same high school hallways. They're celebrating the milestone during this week's homecoming, playing up the theme "25 Years Of Falcons."

Top of the Morning, Sept. 24, 2017

DALLAS RUTLEDGE was recently recognized for 60 years of safe, accident-free driving by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association.

Try telling his grandkids that's a good thing.

"Sometimes they get agitated because he goes the speed limit," said his wife, LINDA. "He's a very good, cautious driver. They want him to speed up."