Jim Rossow

Jim Rossow

Top of the morning, June 14, 2015

The grand marshal of our area’s biggest Fourth of July parade traditionally rides in the back seat of a convertible. But I’m guessing this year’s top dog, Rudy Frasca, would rather fulfill his duties up where the fireworks go off: the sky.

Top of the morning, June 13, 2015

On Friday, The News-Gazette was named the state’s top newspaper in its class by the Illinois Press Association (there’s a photo of the Mabel S. Shaw Memorial Trophy on our Facebook page).

Top of the morning, June 11, 2015

He shared a putting green with Ricky Fowler, hobnobbed with Jack Nicklaus and had his picture taken with Nick Faldo. But for Champaign's Mike Tennant, the best part of his PGA experience last week outside Columbus, Ohio, was using his winnings to buy an anniversary gift — from Tiffany & Co., no less — for his wife.

"I knew she needed some new bling-bling," he said.

Top of the morning, June 10, 2015

For a 50th anniversary gift, Leon and Eve Springer's children treated the couple from Fisher to a trip to Seattle. The Mariners made sure it was a home run.

First clip of movie shot in C-U released

Several stars of the big screen spent last spring and summer in C-U filming "Consumed," which will debut Monday at the L.A. Film Festival.

Top of the morning, June 9, 2015

Staff writers Noelle McGee and Tracy Moss became part of the story they covered for news-gazette.com on Monday.

The mess left by Sunday's storms included the newsroom at our bureau in Danville, the roof of which was heavily damaged.

McGee arrived at 7:30 a.m. Monday.

Top of the morning, June 7, 2015

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Top of the morning, June 6, 2015

The folks at “Aerial America” have a bit of an advantage on us.

Top of the morning, June 4, 2015

In the midst of an unprecedented NCAA tournament run, Illinois baseball had a good reason to pass on Tuesday's Illini Night at the Kiwanis Tom Jones Challenger League in Urbana.

Guess who showed up anyway?

"Totally unexpected," organizer Bill Hand said. "With their schedule and all their practice, I had my doubts."

Top of the morning, June 3, 2015

They travel as a group, often wear Illini gear and come in all shapes and sizes.

"A lot of people think we're a sports team," Jeff Frame said.

They get around like one in a 15-person van. And some of the kids probably can make a free throw. But the reason Frame and 11 undergrads studying atmospheric science at the UI are touring the Midwest is to learn about weather.