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Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017 04:01 pm

Also a trailer, truck and Jeep engine

 Sen. Sam McCann, R-Plainview, has used campaign funds to purchase a sports utility vehicle. Legislators, who are barred from spending campaign funds for personal use, typically lease rathe...
Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017 12:20 am

August is no time for faint-hearted gardeners

 It is late August as I write this, a time of year when gardens and gardeners alike begin to look a little, well, tired, for reasons I explored in the column, which appeared in our paper of Aug....
Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017 12:19 am
 As evermore people migrate to cities, sand follows to accommodate them. Mountains of sand are poured into constructing new homes. “A typical American house requires more than a hundred tons of...
Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017 12:18 am
 It’s been clear for decades that the way Illinois funds its public schools has been wrong-headed. But finding a solution has eluded everyone who has tried. Until now.Gov. Jim Edgar thoroughly...
Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017 12:17 am
HERO OF HOPEAnything could have happened – none of it good – when Rosa Parks said “no” and refused to give up her seat on that bus in 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama, the first capital of the Conf...
Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017 12:16 am
Once again Springfield’s U. S. senator, Richard Durbin, is in the national spotlight for being ahead of his time. Before there was DACA – Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals – there was Durbin...
Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017 12:15 am
 Electricity is easy to take for granted. But imagine the disruption to our lives if we could not charge our iPhones that connect us to the rest of the world or flip a light switch with the guara...
Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017 12:14 am
 See the “other” side of fairy tales this weekend during Fairy Tale Courtroom, an interactive comedy written by Dana Proulx, directed by Erin Sullivan and presented by M.A.S.S. Media Producti...
Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017 12:13 am
 Celebrate four years of contemporary arts programming on Friday, Sept. 8, at the DEMO Project. The gallery launched in September of 2013 with a solo installation by visual artist Betsy Odom, and...
Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017 12:12 am
 Don your lederhosen and practice your slap dancing and stein holding in preparation for the Knights of Columbus 364 German Oktoberfest, a Munich-style celebration of all things German. The festi...

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