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Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 12:01 am
 If you’re grilling steak this Labor Day weekend, why not grill extra for a second meal later in the week? Below are three of my favorite ways to use leftover steak, although, they’re delicio...
Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 12:01 am

There are many more rewards at the end of the trail

 If you’ve long thought Rochester the last exit on the Lost Bridge Trail, the end of the line for your urban adventures on the fringes of Springfield, get off your bike and take a hike. There a...
Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 12:01 am
 When thinking of heading north, often we think of Chicago. The suburbs get lost in the plans. A recent trip reminded me that there is a lot of beauty and history outside the urban sprawl. This f...
Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 12:01 am

A season of robust theater in central Illinois

 A good actor isn’t afraid to be emotionally naked in front of an audience. From the silver screen to Broadway, talented thespians figuratively bare themselves to the public. But how much more...
Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 12:01 am
 As reliable as the leaves donning their brilliantine colors and that familiar chill exiling the once seemingly interminable humidity, music is once again in the air as autumn gets underway. This...
Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 12:01 am
 AUGUSTPittsfield Fall FestivalAug 28-31, 6pm Thu-Fri, 9am Sat, Food vendors, crafts, carnival and many activities. Parade on Saturday. Free. 217-617-2656. Pike County Courthouse, 100 E. Washingt...
Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 12:01 am
 As the Labor Day weekend approaches, the common calendar says to bade the summer season goodbye and begin our autumn adventures. Labor Day proper, always the first Monday in September, falls on...
Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 12:01 am
 30 YEARS FOR WEED“Nobody gets multiple decades for pot!” These words often sing in my ears while discussing my prison sentence with people. When I was 19, I started bringing cannabis from Ca...
Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 12:01 am

Teacher kept job despite suspicions

 When Springfield police called Steven R. Battles in 2010 to ask about his contact with boys, he asked an odd question.“I advised him it was in reference to criminal sexual abuse,” Detective ...

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