Jim Rossow

Jim Rossow

Top of the Morning, Nov. 26, 2016

Be it flutes or fundraising, the band at Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond is good at what it does.

On Friday morning, a bus carrying 48 motivated musicians took off from Arthur bound for Florida, where ALAH will mix a performance with much pleasure over a long weekend. It's the first out-of-state trip by the band at the 2-year-old school in Douglas County.

Top of the morning, Nov. 24, 2016

In case you were wondering ...

— One of the behind-the-scenes changes necessary for this weekend's IHSA football championships played out Wednesday morning as a soggy crew switched out goal posts at Memorial Stadium.

High school kickers have more room for error: Goal posts at that level are 23 feet, 4 inches wide compared to 18-by-6 in college.

Top of the morning, Nov. 23, 2016

Cy Young winner Max Scherzer couldn't attend Saturday's banquet in Missouri honoring the Parkway Alumni Association's Hall of Fame Class of 2016, of which he is a member.

High School Confidential: Week 11

On Wednesdays throughout the school year, area students will fill us in on what's happening at their high schools:

Arcola

Top of the morning, Nov. 22, 2016

Kris Fisher is as much a part of Champaign's holiday season as Kris Kringle.

For the last 15 years, the Ohio native has decorated the windows of Esquire Lounge on Walnut Street. The Champaign resident was back at it Monday, using her paintbrush to add holiday cheer to a busy thoroughfare.

Top of the Morning, Nov. 20, 2016

Go ahead and watch this video of Stella Youse bringing down the house before last weekend’s UI volleyball match at Huff Hall.

Top of the Morning, Nov. 19, 2016

London Acree, a senior at Mahomet-Seymour High School, announced her commitment to Kansas last week.

To row.

When she tells people, most react as if they were hit by an oar.

"I usually get a very confused look," she said. "Then I'm asked if Mahomet has a rowing team."

Does, say, Urbana have a mounting climbing team? Of course not.

Top of the Morning, Nov. 17, 2016

A symbol of Gifford's bounce-back from a tornado that ravaged the village three years ago today is taking shape. At the southwest corner of Main and Center sits a maturing Emord Memorial Park, complete with a gazebo, rock garden (above), four benches, 10 streetlights and about 30 trees, some as tall as 15 feet.

Top of the Morning, Nov. 16, 2016

On Monday night, on the eve of their Indian restaurant's soft opening in downtown Champaign, the Ghimire family invited many of their friends — and one newspaper editor — to experience a traditional Hindu blessing.

High School Confidential: Week 10

On Wednesdays throughout the school year, area students will fill us in on what's happening at their high schools:

ALAH