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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, ...
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 08:17 am

Wildflower Walks and book sales fund history projects

A living geologic and natural time capsule, Elkhart Hill shows off her best skirt in April as nature’s paintbrush splashes her slopes with color-drenched prairie wildflowers. The...
Wednesday, March 11, 2009 06:29 am

The Cabin Concerts return to Springfield

When Ann Bova first began the Cabin Concert music series, the idea of friends playing songs in her home and then inviting other friends to come listen seemed a given, a very natural thing...
Wednesday, March 4, 2009 01:32 pm

Springfield’s semi-pros play at home March 8

Some guys hunt, some guys golf. Brent Bordenkircher plays football. He’s not just talking about throwing the pigskin around the backyard or calling up some buddies f...
Wednesday, March 4, 2009 10:10 am

Scouting for diversity among the troops

Last summer, while William Ferguson was working as a junior counselor at the Urban League’s Freedom School, a child fell and broke his arm. Ferguson used two sticks and a bandana to...
Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009 03:43 pm

Marijuana may have benefits beyond curing the sick

Marijuana could help Illinois out of its budget mess. Advocates have long supported reforming current state and federal prohibitions against growing, trading and consuming marijuana. But existing ev...

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