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Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 12:01 am
 More and more people are staying at home to entertain rather than heading out for a night on the town. The trend of staying at home has sparked many homeowners to invest in their backyards, with...
Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 12:01 am

It pays to sweep your chimney

 Nothing is more cozy come fall – and winter – than a nice roaring fire.Gas fireplaces can’t compete with the snap-crackle-pop of real wood burning within a hearth turned wonderfully warm b...
Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 12:01 am

Consistency, common sense and cool technology work together to make your home safe.

 For Michelle Tjelmeland, a good home security system is about personal safety. Various zones in her Springfield home are wired and monitored with door chimes, motion sensors, sirens and flashing...
Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 12:01 am

As homes take on a smaller interior footprint, front porches are seeing a renaissance

 A curb appeal-boosting outdoor amenity that fell out of favor for years in new single-family home construction appears to be on the rebound. It’s the front porch, and it’s in greater demand ...
Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 12:01 am
 Demonstration garden programSep 18, 5:30-6pm, Free program, “Creating a Prairie Garden Demo.” University of Illinois Extension Sangamon-Menard Unit, 2501 N. Eighth St., Illinois State Fairgr...
Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 12:01 am
You printed a letter from a guy who doesn’t want to be a father and wanted to know how to be sure his girlfriend is on birth control. You said, “The single worst form of birth control is trusting...
Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 12:01 am
Curses, foiled againShantoria Valentine, 23, robbed a bank in Omaha, Neb., but while fleeing, she collapsed after only a few blocks, according to police. One witness noticed the suspect would “shuff...
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014 12:42 pm

You want your home to stand out as your own, but you also want to be able to sell it down the road. Here’s what you should remember when you decorate, remodel and even build.

 It was a house of mirrors. But this was the kind you had to live in. “No matter which way you turned, you saw yourself reflected back. It seemed like the entire house was covered in mirrors. E...

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