Top of the Morning, May 25, 2017

Seniors at Champaign Central weren't the only ones having fun Tuesday in front of the high school.

Cory Rodeheaver and Dawn Bane of Spectrum Design Group used the opportunity to post to Instagram and Facebook a 13-second video touting their upcoming open house.

Does UI grad student have the right questions?

CHAMPAIGN — Sam Spencer waited a long time to become a contestant on "Jeopardy."

On Friday afternoon, folks can tune in to the iconic game show to see if he's a champion.

The 42-year-old University of Illinois graduate student will compete with a college journalism professor from Manhasset, N.Y., and the returning champion on an episode that airs at 4:30 p.m. on WAND.

A Life Remembered: 'Big teddy bear' newsman recalled for depth of his dedication

CHAMPAIGN — There were nights during central Illinois snowstorms when Dave Shaul, the news director at WCIA-TV, would sleep at the station to make certain that someone was there to report on and anchor the morning news.

Look ahead: Top picks from Melissa Merli for the week to come

It's story time

Kristin Walters, one of the two women behind Imbibe Urbana, is hosting "Narratively: A Series of Stories" from 4 to 6 p.m. next Sunday at 303 W. Griggs St., U; it's open to the public.

Who lives here? May 20, 2017

Each week on this page, The News-Gazette will show a screenshot of a home from a movie or television show and ask readers, "Who lives here?" Email your guess of a character who resides there to, and we'll give a winner a shout-out on next week's page. Be sure to include your full name and town of residence.


Five UI theater grads who are making it big

Nick Offerman, who spoke last week at the University of Illinois commencement, isn't the only UI theater alum who has hit it big.

#TheMJs, May 19, 2017

On Fridays, staff writer Marcus Jackson (@MarcusJ_NG) will provide a quick glance at the best that Twitter has to offer.

Top of the Morning, May 19, 2017

Fifth- and sixth-grade students at Fisher Grade School welcome special guests today, including News-Gazette college basketball writer Scott Richey.

He will be part of the school's Writers' Extravaganza, a biennial event that celebrates the work done by the students.

Entertainment listings, May 18-25, 2017


This weekend


What: All proceeds going to American Cancer Society. Half-price sale and $2 a bag starting at 11 a.m. May 20.

When: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 19 and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 20.

Where: 1505 W. Charles St., C.

More info: Email or call 979-1504.