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Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 12:13 am

Gearing up responsibly for the great outdoors

 The trouble with winter is that staying warm in the cold weather calls for lots of gear, and all of our manufacturing, selling and consuming takes a toll on the planet we call home. Here are a f...
Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 12:11 am

Give these literary gifts with extra star-power this holiday season

From reality stars to Internet sensations, the celebrity-penned book is a must-have this year. No matter what the genre, you’ll have everything you need for the celebrity-lover on your list.The Girl...
Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 12:10 am

Once upon a time, gifting household appliances was considered a cliché. Today’s high-tech options, however, are gifts the whole family can enjoy.

 First there was the smartphone; now there is the smart house. More and more household appliances are going high-tech every year, bringing fresh efficiency and ease of use to the table. These fut...
Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 12:09 am

Here’s something special for everyone on your list, including you!

 Holiday gifts these days are a little more involved than a pair of socks or pajamas, what with drones and all, so it’s not too early to draw up your shopping list. And while you’re shopping...
Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 12:08 am

Charles Palmer served 18 years for a crime he didn’t commit

 “It’s a great day and the journey’s just starting,” said a visibly emotional Charles Palmer of Decatur, surrounded by a jubilant crush of family and friends on Nov. 23. Palmer was releas...
Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 12:07 am

Urban aquaculturist catches heat

 Randy Jones, who lives across the street from me, isn’t like a lot of people.Early last spring, he started digging in the front yard of the house he shares with his wife, Mary, and her mother,...
Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 12:06 am
Historic sites in Springfield are gearing up for the holidays with events both somber and joyous. On Saturday at 1 p.m., veterans, friends and families will gather at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at...
Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 12:05 am
As a past president and founder of Downtown Springfield Inc., Dennis Bringuet of Ace Sign Company has been a big supporter of the organization’s community Christmas tree, which they erect each year...
Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 12:04 am
 I’m often asked if I have any favorite filmmakers or actors, and if I do, if I go easy on them in the reviews I write of their work. Personally, the opposite is true – if anything, I’m har...

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