Jim Rossow

Jim Rossow

Top of the Morning, Jan. 7, 2018

At Friday's boys' basketball game in Champaign, students on each side of the gym — Centennial's and Central's — took turns shouting in unison "Champaign High School, Champaign High School."

Top of the Morning, Jan. 6, 2018

On Saturdays, we'll introduce additions to the growing talent pool at News-Gazette Media. Today: MATT McCUMBER.

A basketball manager for one of the most popular teams in Illinois history — BRUCE WEBER's 2004-05 national runners-up — McCumber still is asked about the glory days.

Top of the Morning, Jan. 4, 2018

It's been a nasty stretch for many of the independent contractors who deliver The News-Gazette, with subfreezing — and sometimes subzero — temperatures and slick roads making every winter morning an adventure.

Here's a special shoutout to JANET LEWANDOWSKI for not only taking care of her route but also rescuing a stranded motorist early Sunday morning.

Top of the Morning, Jan. 3, 2018

The plan is for the student manager for Paxton-Buckley-Loda Junior High's boys' basketball teams to suit up for next week's final home game of the season.

If he's feeling up to it, ALEX JONES might even get to play.

Top of the Morning, Dec. 31, 2017

In 2018, our popular Teacher of the Week feature returns on Wednesdays as education writer LYNDSAY JONES arrives from Indiana University. To submit nominations, email her at ljones@news-gazette.com. In the meantime ...

Top of the Morning, Dec. 30, 2017

On Saturdays, we'll introduce additions to the growing newsroom at News-Gazette Media. Today: EMILY JANKAUSKI

Raised in Athens, Jankauski likes the feel of a smaller town.

"It's all I've known," she said. "It's nice to know your neighbor and build relationships with them."

Top of the Morning, Dec. 29, 2017

MIKE GOEBEL spent time in jail Thursday morning.

Our design editor served as a DUI suspect for a video story that is now available. His role included taking a field sobriety test and Breathalyzer, as well taking a seat in a holding cell.

Top of the Morning, Dec. 28, 2017

ANNETTE DURBIN's early Christmas gift was delivered by a stranger she can't thank enough.

In late October, after shopping at Walgreen's on University Avenue in Urbana, Durbin noticed her 25th wedding anniversary ring was missing from her left hand. She left her name and number with the store hoping someone would find it and reply.

Top of the Morning, Dec. 27, 2017

The idea was to donate 40 jars of peanut butter to the Eastern Illinois Foodbank.

Thanks to his classmates and teachers at Booker T. Washington STEM Academy in Champaign, fifth-grader ROWAN FISHER more than doubled his goal.

Top of the Morning, Dec. 24, 2017

At 83 years old, Monticello's Bill Mitze wouldn't balk if asked to ref another Illinois basketball game.

"I could stand at midcourt or underneath one of the baskets," he said. "I'm not as mobile but my judgment is still good. I ref every game I watch on TV."