Campus Conversation: Andy Borst

State legislators want to know why so many Illinois students leave the state for college.

Tribe's historic season falls short of Sweet 16

DANVILLE — Entertaining.

Fun to watch.


Those terms endeared until the end for the Judah Christian boys' basketball team, who couldn't muster one final comeback in an 84-80 loss to St. Anne on Tuesday night.

The Class 1A sectional semifinal defeat at Schlarman's Shebby Gymnasium was the first one this season in which the Tribe scored at least 80 points.

Defense makes a big difference as Bulldogs move on

MAHOMET — Chad Benedict admits his team is not built on a run-and-jump, pressure-packed defense.

Singleton's emergence another storyline in tense rivalry

MONTICELLO — It's one of those rivalries that defines East Central Illinois high school sports: Monticello against St. Joseph-Ogden.

These Illini Prairie Conference foes met up in a girls' basketball sectional final earlier this month.

Vikings extend streak despite Chargers' challenge

DANVILLE — Postseason basketball can be a fickle and unpredictable creature. Centennial's boys walked into Danville High School on Tuesday having played less than 24 hours prior. The Chargers still were missing two players for undisclosed reasons, and they were matching up not only with the host team, but also a Vikings squad ranked fourth in Class 4A by the Associated Press.

Maroons get it together, cruise to win

PARIS — The start could have, well, started better for the Champaign Central boys' basketball team.

But the top-seeded Maroons overcame a sluggish first quarter to post a convincing 70-40 win against Olney on Tuesday night in a Class 3A Paris Regional semifinal game.

How sweet it is for the small schools

Since class expansion went into effect a decade ago, The News-Gazette has had 30 small-school boys' basketball teams reach the Sweet 16. Either Monticello or St. Joseph-Ogden will make it that far after the two Illini Prairie Conference rivals duke it out tonight in a Class 2A Maroa-Forsyth Sectional semifinal game. A look back at those who have reached this stage since 2008:

Family Checkbook | Community resources can help your bottom line


Have you been looking for a new way to stretch your dollars?

We often talk about tracking expenses and using coupons, but another approach is to find a community resource that offers what you want for free or at a discounted rate.

Area history, Feb. 27, 2018

Today is Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1918, 150 recruits from Jefferson Barracks, Mo., arrived at Chanute Field. They were to be assigned to the squadrons at the field, which was being prepared for another season of flying, and more machines were to be loosed from their hangars in the next few weeks.

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?