Jim Rossow

Jim Rossow

Top of the Morning, Dec. 10, 2016

It wasn't the first time he didn't get good sleep.

"I could name a ton of nights after my daughter was born," Nick Meredith said.

But his night on the town — in a cardboard box as a participant in last year's One Winter Night — about did the Champaign businessman in (above).

Top of the Morning, Dec. 8, 2016

Nathan Gunn of Champaign already has won a Grammy Award (2010). Still, he about jumped out of his opera tights when informed via Instagram that he was nominated for two more Tuesday.

Top of the Morning, Dec. 7, 2016

Congratulations to ...

... baritone Nathan Gunn, who received two Grammy nominations (opera recording and contemporary classical composition) on Tuesday.

High School Confidential: Week 12

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, Dec. 6, 2016

Occasionally, fans from Arcola and Tuscola don't get along. But on Monday night, the Douglas County rivals worked together for a good cause.

Top of the Morning, Dec. 4, 2016

If you're free today ...

— Around 6 p.m., the lights on what surely is the largest Christmas tree in the area will be turned on. The well-attended scene around a 50-foot-tall evergreen at Champaign's Clark Park (right) will include trolley rides, caroling, hot chocolate and maybe even a Santa swingby. The lights will remain on through the new year.

Top of the morning, Dec. 3, 2016

Starting this week, you'll not only get to listen to our many radio guests but get a glimpse of them, too.

Top of the Morning, Dec. 1, 2016

For nearly 20 years, Big Santa has been part of the Wampler family's Christmas. So when the mammoth mannequin went missing early Monday morning, the mood on Greencroft Drive in Champaign was mighty glum.

"I thought he was a goner," Shari Wampler said. "Or that we'd find him in a ditch or a dumpster."

Top of the morning, Nov. 30, 2016

Introducing Steve Bourbon, a 2015 University of Illinois graduate who has joined The News-Gazette as a jack-of-all-trades with a focus on print and online production. He's a fan of Netflix, owns a cat named Alley and is into video games. Here's more:

Top of the Morning, Nov. 29, 2016

For an accurate count of just how many people crammed into downtown Champaign for Saturday's Parade of Lights, we turned to the expert: The guy who steered Santa's float.

"When I turned down Main Street, I couldn't believe it," St. Joseph's Roger Beals said. "We had to get people out of the way just so we could keep going. By far, it's the best crowd I've ever seen."