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Thursday, May 25, 2017 12:15 am

The summer mix for Bloomington-Normal

 Holding my nose in the zoo building full of big cats and apes, sampling goodies from laden family reunion tables, anticipating the first July Fourth fireworks bursting over a small lake – that...
Thursday, May 25, 2017 12:14 am

An 1853 country estate, now in the heart of St. Louis

 Historic houses happen to be one of my favorite things, so when I heard about the beautiful Oakland Mansion in St. Louis, I headed out with Annie Jansen and her sister, Joanie, to check it out....
Thursday, May 25, 2017 12:13 am

Make your own summer elixir

 We are lazy.Loathe to get out of our cars, we use the drive-thru – it is too much work to write “through” – when we want a hamburger. Cheese comes already grated. Remote controls are no...
Thursday, May 25, 2017 12:12 am

Sliders to open season

 With championship aspirations, the Springfield Sliders begin their 2017 season on the road against the Lafayette Aviators on May 30. The Sliders are a collegiate summer league baseball team from...
Thursday, May 25, 2017 12:11 am

Family fun takes the stage this summer

 Popular musicals abound around central Illinois this summer. Whether you’re into dancing paper boys or have a soft spot for recalcitrant beasts, pack your bug spray and your rosé.New Salem’...
Thursday, May 25, 2017 12:10 am
There are too many exciting concerts scheduled to hit central Illinois stages in the coming months to fit in this humble space. From big festivals to tiny venues and from classic rock to boot-scootin�...
Thursday, May 25, 2017 12:09 am

Admits illegal steroid possession

 A Sangamon County sheriff’s deputy is serving a six-month suspension after pleading guilty to misdemeanor drug possession last month.Deputy John Bartello was placed on paid administrative leav...
Thursday, May 25, 2017 12:08 am

A symposium addresses the post-ACA landscape

 Despite attempts at an overall cheery tone, the views presented during “Obamacare after Obama: The future of U.S. health care at a crossroads,” a conference held at the Memorial Center for L...
Thursday, May 25, 2017 12:07 am
 A Springfield-based developer wants to reconfigure the downtown area by developing a casino.Chris Stone, owner of EMS Midwest, Inc., recently proposed plans to members of the city council and Ma...
Thursday, May 25, 2017 12:06 am
A new cafe in Springfield’s west side aims to develop life skills for children with developmental disabilities. On May 23, the Hope Learning Academy (HLA), community leaders and volunteers cut the r...

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