Jim Rossow

Jim Rossow

Top of the Morning, Feb. 28, 2018

How big of a deal is the resumption of the Arcola-Tuscola high school football rivalry?

Big enough that fans on both sides are ordering commemorative license plates touting the Cola Wars.

"I'll have a pair of plates for my Ford Explorer and my husband's work truck," said Marci Shoemaker of the Tuscola High Alumni Association.

2017-18 High School Confidential: Week 22

Welcome to Year 2 of High School Confidential, a project involving 36 area high school students who will write weekly for The News-Gazette and news-gazette.com.

Top of the Morning, Feb. 27, 2018

On Tuesdays, we'll introduce the kids behind "High School Confidential." Today: Salt Fork's KADE BENNETT, a versatile senior who is involved in student council, yearbook and National Honor Society.

The Fairmount teen is headed to Northern Illinois University in the fall and plans on majoring in English. After college?

Top of the Morning, Feb. 25, 2018

That Austin Triplett swished a halfcourt heave during a break in Thursday's Illinois-Purdue basketball game wasn't entirely surprising.

A varsity regular at Dunlap High, "I was known as the kid that made half-court shots," the UI freshman said. "I did it a lot (in practice)."

But he never had 14,000 fans watching then. And he never collected $10,000 for making one.

Top of the Morning, Feb. 24, 2018

Heritage High School's pep band is like Schlarman Academy's girls' basketball team: Really good.

Both will be in the spotlight today at the IHSA state finals at Redbird Arena. As the Hilltoppers play for a Class 1A championship, the Hawks will work just as hard providing entertainment for all four games.

Top of the Morning, Feb. 22, 2018

Assistant Circulation Manager SHURREL BRANTLEY was delivering The News-Gazette around 7 a.m. Wednesday when she was stopped in her tracks: Water-covered roads near Ogden cut her morning short.

Top of the Morning, Feb. 21, 2018

What's more remarkable than twins celebrating their 90th birthday together?

How about the fact that JUNE FULTON MOLL and JOYCE FULTON GUYMON have gone all this time without getting sideways with each other. Ever.

"We never fought; we never yelled," Joyce said. "Our family just didn't do that."

2017-18 High School Confidential: Week 21

Welcome to Year 2 of High School Confidential, a project involving 35 area high school students who will write weekly for The News-Gazette and news-gazette.com.

Top of the Morning, Feb. 20, 2018

On Tuesdays, we'll introduce the kids behind "High School Confidential." Today: Monticello's FAITH RUND, a skilled senior who has enjoyed her time at the Piatt County school.

"High school isn't easy, so it's nice to know that I can reach out to any teacher or student and know that they will listen and help support me," she said. "We also have amazing school spirit."

Top of the Morning, Feb. 18, 2018

Recording artist Chris Leamy, whose #HePlaysForMe project has drawn national attention, will get some help today from Centennial High's choir. Wearing #TheySingForMe T-shirts, the kids from Champaign will team with Leamy at the Bowery Mission in New York City.