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Wednesday, April 22, 2009 10:17 am

The junior senator returns to Centralia and reminisces about growing up in southern Illinois

After about an hour of drinking, making small talk about local political races, and prognosticating on the outcome of the following day’s election, the crowd in the banquet room of t...
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 01:02 am

Why Jefferson Middle School is sold on single-gender classrooms

In a quaint neighborhood on Springfield’s southeast side sits Springfield School District 186’s best-kept secret — Jefferson Middle School. On the surface, Jefferson resem...
Wednesday, April 15, 2009 01:01 am

The Allerton Park Corps of Discovery

Diane Wasson photographed these wildflowers in Allerton Park, near Monticello, as a participant in the Allerton Corps of Discovery, one of several groups organized under the Corps of Disc...
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...

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