Jim Rossow

Jim Rossow

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.

Top of the Morning, April 5, 2017

Executive director Steven Bentz was working in his Virginia Theatre office when Peter Frampton's concert Thursday night came to a screeching halt.

"It sounded like an airliner backfiring," Bentz said of a sound-equipment malfunction that ultimately led Frampton to abort his show. "It was that loud."

High School Confidential: Week 27

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

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On Thursday, guest speakers Brandon Novak and Tim Ryan addressed a gym full of students about the dangers of drugs. Their messages were frank and effective.

— Mary Huffman

Top of the Morning, April 4, 2017

Mike Haile made like UI athletic director Josh Whitman to introduce SCOTT BEATTY as host of "SportsTalk" on WDWS 1400-AM on Monday.

Haile, general manager of WDWS, WHMS and WKIO, subbed "#WeWillRadio" for Whitman's "#WeWillWin" hashtag he has used to introduce new UI coaches.

Top of the Morning, April 2, 2017

The Cubs quilt belonging to Savoy's Kay McCoy won't be up for auction this weekend.

At least that's the plan.

"Maybe if a humongous bid came along," McCoy said, "I'd think about it. I'd have to check with my sister-in-law — maybe she can make another one for me."

Top of the Morning, April 1, 2017

Abby Foster's family plans to buy Indianapolis Colts season tickets. But when they travel from Vermilion County to Lucas Oil Stadium this fall, it won't be to watch Andrew Luck.

Foster, a 20-year-old Oakwood High grad who is on track to graduate from Ball State in fall 2018, made the Colts' 26-woman cheerleader roster last weekend.

Top of the Morning, March 30, 2017

Church news to report? Contact J.J. Lockwood at 217-351-5372 or jlockwoo@news-gazette.com.

There's as much incentive to attend Saturday's annual all-you-can-eat dinner at St. Peter's United Church of Christ in Champaign as there is sausage on the griddle (250 pounds), slices of pie (400) and gallons of tea (24).

But here's another reason: You can order to go.

High School Confidential: Week 26

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

ALAH

Top of the Morning, March 29, 2017

— "We recovered — and our town is more beautiful than ever"

— "If we can make it through this, you can too"

— "You are stronger than you think, and you will make it through this"