Jim Rossow

Jim Rossow

Soft opening for Indian restaurant

CHAMPAIGN — Its grand opening likely will take place in a month or two.

But on Tuesday, the Ghimire family held a soft opening at their new Indian restaurant in downtown Champaign.

Top of the Morning, Nov. 15, 2016

A native of Gibson City, Ryan Minion had home-field advantage in capturing Monday's supermoon  rising over the DuPont factory in Ford County.

"I knew approximately where the moon would rise, so I placed myself 2 miles from town to the west," Minion said. "The sun had just dropped under the horizon, but it was still high enough to light up the moon as it came up over Gibson City."

Just super: Illini and the moon

Greg Lepper was late getting to his seat inside State Farm Center for Sunday's Illini men's basketball game.

The season ticket-holder from Ashland was outside the home of the Illini taking photographs as a rare supermoon began rising over the iconic roof.

Top of the Morning, Nov. 13, 2016

An Election Day story everyone can feel good about: Dave Shaul's unexpected appearance during our radio coverage on WDWS.

The popular 75-year-old was walloped by cancer a year ago this month. Recovery has been a bear, forcing the outgoing Shaul to miss everything from book club to church to Kiwanis Club meetings to, well, weighing in regularly on radio.

Top of the Morning, Nov. 12, 2016

Email your super moon pictures to news@news-gazette.com

At 5:21 a.m. Monday, the moon will be 221,523 miles away from the Earth — the closest it's come to us in 69 years. Where will our resident astronomer, Parkland's planetarium director Dave Leake, be to mark what's being called an extra super moon moment?

Top of the Morning, Nov. 10, 2016

The staff at Champaign Central High School, already excited by Tuesday night's election results, got another boost at work Wednesday morning.


"I had a 7 a.m. meeting at the district office," Principal Joe Williams said, "so I can only judge that they must have been a hit since eight dozen were gone well before two hours had passed."

Top of the Morning, Nov. 9, 2016

A week ago today, Lil Levant was in Cleveland with a ticket to Game 7. The News-Gazette’s vice president of business development wrote about the experience:

High School Confidential: Week 9

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


Top of the Morning, Nov. 8, 2016

After voting today, swing by our lobby in downtown Champaign if you're interested in scooping up a newspaper from the morning after the Cubs won it all. At the end of business Monday, about 200 copies of the Nov. 3 News-Gazette remained in our dwindling stockpile.

Top of the Morning, Nov. 5, 2016

Friday's crowd — 5 million strong if you believe Chicago police — included Champaign's Chris Lugardo, who got the OK from his wife Jenny to take the family to what was a wild and woolly Cubs party.

"I married well," he said.