Jim Rossow

Jim Rossow

Top of the Morning, Sept. 14, 2016

She’s been hooked on knitting since childhood.

But 68-year-old Judi Laufhutte never has felt as good about what she’s doing with her needle as today.

Top of the Morning, Sept. 13, 2016

Since introducing our first panel of high school correspondents last Wednesday, we’ve added two more seniors to an impressive stable: Chrisman’s Briar Napier and Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond’s Mary Huffman.

Starting Wednesday, they’ll join 34 others in submitting weekly news items from area high schools.

Top of the Morning, Sept. 11, 2016

Tony Kinlay is traveling to Rantoul for his 50-year high school reunion.

From Australia.

“I would be hard-pressed to live any farther away from Rantoul,” he said. “Drill a vertical hole in Rantoul — through the center of the Earth — and you’ll eventually surface in Albany.”

Top of the Morning, Sept. 10, 2016

“#GoSages!” makes the cut.

“Monticello is No. 1!” is OK, too.

But if a senior showed up to Friday’s home football opener with, say, “If You’re From Olney, You’re Lonely” painted on his chest, well ...

Top of the Morning, Sept. 8, 2016

At 8 a.m. Sunday, about 50 members of the Illini Republicans will begin planting 2,997 flags around the Quad to mark the 15th anniversary of 9/11.

Unlike last year — when the University of Illinois denied the student group’s initial request because of potential damage to the Quad’s irrigation system — there is no squabbling ahead of the event.

Top of the Morning, Sept. 7, 2016

“Schlarman Academy welcomes four foreign exchange students to the school this year: Ryusho Wantabe, Vera Shurygina, Antonia Erb and Linda Friedl. They come to Danville from their homes in Europe and Asia.” — Mathias Miles

In 10 years, Mathias Miles told me, he’d like to be making money as a video game producer.
But this year, he’s going to try his hand at reporting.

Top of the Morning, Sept. 6, 2016

I had the pleasure of joining the Saturday Night Live crew at Urbana’s Clark-Lindsey Village over the weekend, where the audience asked great questions about the newspaper industry.

Top of the Morning, Sept. 3, 2016

As a high school senior at Aurora’s Waubonsie Valley, Natalie Wickman never imagined she’d wind up in Champaign-Urbana.

“Most of the people I knew were going to go to college (at the University of Illinois),” she said. “I was hellbent on not going to the same place everyone else was going to.”

So Wickman chose Marquette, where she graduated in May with a degree in journalism.

Top of the Morning, Sept. 1, 2016

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Anglers are a secretive lot, so it was no surprise that 12-year-old Ryan Hendrickson wouldn’t bite when inquiring about his lucky lake.

Top of the Morning, Aug. 31, 2016

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They’re close friends who root for different teams.

That worries Tom Costello ahead of Thursday’s surgery in St. Louis, where he is to receive Tom Kacich’s kidney.