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Wednesday, April 15, 2009 08:24 pm

Karen Hudson has become a reluctant expert on the consequences of concentrated animal feeding operations

Karen Hudson didn’t know what to think when she first learned that factory farming was coming to her town. Elmwood, Ill., is a small but prosperous bedroom community about 20 miles ...
Wednesday, April 15, 2009 02:34 am

County asks residents to keep drugs out of the water system

Just when you thought it was safe for your drugs to go in the water... . “We ask that residents no longer flush their meds,” says Angela Harris, Sangamon County’s recycling co...
Wednesday, April 15, 2009 06:47 am
To most people, being green just means replacing your old light bulbs with compact fluorescents, reusing plastic grocery bags, turning off the water while brushing and placing your empty ...
Wednesday, April 15, 2009 07:04 am
Nursery seminars Apr 18, 10am, “Container Gardening for Spring Color.” Green View Nursery, 3000 W. Jefferson St. For info or reservation, 787-4700 or go to greenview.com. Gardenin...
Wednesday, April 8, 2009 10:01 pm

The decline of instrumental music instruction in Springfield schools

In Springfield’s rich band music history, instruction began in elementary school. By middle school, concert bands performed intermediate literature and pep bands played at sporting ...
Wednesday, April 8, 2009 03:30 pm

How to invest in a good instrument... and make the most of your investment

It will soon be time for fifth graders’ families to sign up for middle school band, and families who have arranged for their own instruments, whether by renting or purchasing, will h...
Wednesday, April 1, 2009 08:21 pm

Nonprofits and the National Guard show appreciation for those who serve

U.S. Army soldiers from the 1144th Transportation Battalion, Illinois Army National Guard conduct non-lethal weapons training at Camp Atterbury, Ind. The soldiers are being trained by U.S. Army Operation Warrior Trainers.PHOTO BY STAFF SGT. RUSSELL LEE KLIKA, U.S. ARMY On March 19, the sixth anniversary of the Iraq war, Adjutant General William Enyart asked Illinoisa...
Wednesday, April 1, 2009 06:03 am

Illinois State Museum exhibit shows the growth of a state and a future president

Abraham Lincoln surrounds visitors to and residents of central Illinois. The Lincoln image the region presents and sells to the world, however, is often a caricature. Tourists may encount...
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 10:04 pm

Meet the people who want to guide Springfield schools

My kids don’t go to the public schools. I don’t have children. There’s an election? Despite routinely encountering the preceding rejoinders, the four individuals r...
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 06:27 am

A town of enduring character at the crossroads of history

Rearing up nearly 800 feet above sea level, above the flat land all around, Elkhart Hill stands guardian over a place where geography, nature and human history converge. It was here, ...

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