Jim Rossow

Jim Rossow

Top of the Morning, April 19, 2017

She considers herself a "compulsive quilter."

For that, there are many thankful recipients of Mary Shobe's handiwork in the area.

The 69-year-old former computer programmer at the University of Illinois donates homemade quilts like nobody's business.

"I just like to quilt," the Champaign do-gooder said, "and I like to give them to places that need them."

Top of the Morning, April 18, 2017

It was neat enough to attend the Final Four. But what made Centennial senior Kam Reaves' trip to the Phoenix area even better was his time with NBA legend Kobe Bryant.

Top of the Morning, April 16, 2017

Introducing Mike Millington, recently hired to design and edit the pages of The News-Gazette.

He wound up in Champaign thanks in part to his wife, Brittany Michaels, new deputy director at the Champaign Public Library. When Brittany accepted the job earlier this year — the couple was living and working in Terre Haute, Ind. — Mike started looking.

Top of the Morning, April 15, 2017

Most Easter bunnies have it easy: Pose for pictures, hand out candy, play nice with the kids.

Then there's Alex Krebs.

The 22-year-old did more than most holiday hares are asked to do.

"I threw a strike," he said. "I was very amazed I was able to do it."

Top of the Morning, April 13, 2017

I always enjoy my visits to Monticello High and Lisa Nuku's print media class.

Of course, it helps to bring a famous alum along.

Top of the Morning, April 12, 2017

He forked over about $1,000 to attend and enjoy the Cubs' banner-raising ballgame Monday night.

"I spent a lot of money," Danville's Mario Garza said, "but it was worth it."

High School Confidential: Week 28

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Top of the Morning, April 9, 2017

Centennial's revered and retiring drama teacher, Sue Aldridge, has scheduled a fundraiser for "Clif Rocks" — the foundation named for her late son — on May 28 in Champaign. About 200 current and former students who have learned under Aldridge in her 26 years are expected back for the show, appropriately titled "Callbacks."

Top of the Morning, April 8, 2017

If the kids performing at this weekend's "Journey to the Land of Oz" are antsy about taking the Virginia Theatre stage, their director has a story to calm the most frayed of nerves.

Gina Wojnar once was in their shoes as a participant in Champaign Park District's annual Dance Arts School production (7 p.m. today, 2 p.m. Sunday).

Top of the Morning, April 6, 2017

Before Tony Romo became an NFL star, he was an Eastern Illinois University student with a flair for TV.