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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...
Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009 12:03 pm

Patient advocates believe the stars are aligned perfectly for this to be the year medical marijuana finally becomes a reality in Illinois.

Dennis nearly lost the lower portion of his right leg when the trencher he was working with unexpectedly hit a metal beam in the ground, causing the blade to jump up, catching the bridge ...
Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009 09:31 am

Meet Alexander Harris-Taylor, trash cop

Alexander Harris-Taylor deftly navigates his city-issued red sedan through the network of streets and snug alleyways in Enos Park, finally stopping in front of 315 E. Rafter. Bund...
Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009 03:58 pm

Locally produced documentary chronicles Lincoln’s time in central Illinois

Noted historian and author of the best-selling Team of Rivals, Doris Kearns Goodwin, says that Lincoln’s days in Illinois were “the root of his political education.” Kearn...
Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009 05:24 am

Why Lisa Madigan leads the political pack

“So how was the inauguration?” If you had asked Lisa Madigan that casual question on Barack Obama’s third day in office, you would’ve been treated to a 15-minute rha...


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