Top of the Morning, Nov. 28, 2017


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On Tuesdays, we'll introduce the kids behind "High School Confidential." Today: Rantoul Township's HANNAH COMBS.

It's Combs' turn to take over our Snapchat account this week. While she doesn't have a football state championship game to showcase — Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley senior Hailey Rutledge did a whale of a job Friday in DeKalb — Combs does have plenty to brag about from her Champaign County school.

"Everyone in the student body is so accepting, encouraging and positive," she said.

Follow her Snapchat takeover by searching for "news-gazette" on the app. Also, follow Combs on Instagram (@hannah_combs_).

Online audience

What was trending last week at, which in a seven-day period ending Sunday saw 954,842 pageviews:


1. Man fatally shot in west Champaign

2. St. Joseph man charged with DUI in I-74 wreck

3. BTN to avoid Chief logo in broadcasts, merchandise


1. 82nd News-Gazette All-State Football Team

2. LIVE! Augustana

3. Tate: Future cloudy for Illini after latest debacle


1. GCMS football wins state

2. Underwood: 'Excited for our growth today'

3. Game of the Week: Tuscola vs. Athens Class 1A football semis


1. HS Football Class 2A Championship: GCMS vs. Maroa-Forsyth

2. HS Boys' Basketball: GCMS Turkey Tourney

3. HS Football Class 1A Championship: Tuscola vs. Lena-Winslow

Vice President of News

Jim Rossow is vice president of news at The News-Gazette. His email is