Jim Rossow

Jim Rossow

Updated: Watseka issues disaster emergency

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WATSEKA — Due to flooding throughout the city, Watseka has issued a local disaster emergency that includes a daily curfew from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. until July 20.

Top of the morning, July 12, 2015

Notes from the newsroom

— If you don’t already, be sure to rummage through today’s inserts that accompany every Sunday’s paper.

Top of the morning, July 11, 2015

Don Dodson's last day at The News-Gazette included cake, coffee and kind words.

Our longtime, highly respected business writer has retired after 30 years with us. He's moving to his hometown of Terre Haute, Ind., to work on the family home and be closer to his brother and sister.

Top of the morning, July 9, 2015

What you should know about 2015 Miss Fisher Fair Queen Karson Pacunas, a 19-year-old Parkland College student on her way to becoming an elementary school teacher.

She's Rookie of the Year.

"This was my first pageant," said the 2013 Fisher High grad, who also won Miss Congeniality and People's Choice awards Tuesday night. "I was pretty much out of my comfort zone."

Top of the morning, July 8, 2015

I hope you've had a chance to visit news-gazettte.com and watch the video John Dixon produced last weekend. "Patriotic Flight" featured pilot David Frasca guiding his family's World War II FM-2 Wildcat fighter plane over the Champaign County Freedom Celebration.

Top of the morning, July 7, 2015

Last week's most popular story (listed below) hit home for Ed Bruner, professor emeritus of anthropology at the UI. A regular at Lincoln Square who used the Urbana mall's hallways for exercise, Bruner often happened upon and donated to a homeless Bill Walton, whose recent death prompted last week's column by Jim Dey.

Top of the morning, July 5, 2015

What Discovery Channel touts as "The Most Wonderful Week of the Year" kicks off at 7 p.m. today (C-U cable channel 38). Here's more on the wildly popular — and often gory — "Shark Week" from an expert on such things: Illinois-Chicago prof Jennifer Schmidt, a renowned whale shark researcher.

Is it good or bad for a shark's reputation?

Top of the morning, July 4, 2015

For 364 days and 21 hours a year, Claudia Friedman is the nicest woman you'll meet.

It's during today's three-hour parade at the Champaign County Freedom Celebration that the 77-year-old morphs into Bob Knight in a golf cart. Good thing, too, or the parade might last until the fireworks start.

Among the parade coordinator's many duties: keep the dilly-dallying to a minimum.

Top of the morning, July 2, 2015

Of all the floats in Saturday's parade at the Champaign County Freedom Celebration, one is sure to stand out: Champaign-based Dreamscape Cinema's Yellow Submarine, which is slotted No. 38 among 88 entries.

The combination of Beatles and bubbles makes it hard to resist.

"Young and old smile when they see it," Dreamscape owner Robin Peters said.

Top of the morning, July 1, 2015

You see their work every day in these pages and at news-gazette.com. It's clear that photo editor John Dixon and his staff of Heather Coit, Rick Danzl, Holly Hart and Robin Scholz make our product easy on the eyes.

How do they do it? Starting today, I'll check in with them periodically for "The Story Behind The Photo."