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Thursday, June 20, 2013 10:26 am

Bringing the international hit to the Springfield stage

Joshua Ratz could have done anything on Father’s Day. He could have spent time with his 19-year-old stepson. He could have helped his pregnant wife care for their infant. He could have worked on...
Thursday, June 20, 2013 10:23 am

Guy Sternberg’s arboretum demonstrates the value of native trees

Guy Sternberg planted his first trees when he was five years old – in his sandbox. The silver maple seeds he collected on the way home from kindergarten class would sprout and begin to grow. For...
Thursday, June 13, 2013 10:16 am

The Springfield-Sangamon County Regional Planning Commission maps the future

No little girl tells her parents she wants to be a zoning analyst when she grows up. The job is figuring out whether a local government should allow proposed changes to a piece of property, which soun...
Thursday, June 6, 2013 10:28 pm

How Christopher Harris got caught

Christopher Harris couldn’t have asked for better breaks.Not even a ninja could expect to slay five people with a tire iron and walk away without a scratch, especially not in a cracker-box house...
Thursday, May 30, 2013 12:04 pm
At 280,000 acres, the expansive beauty of the Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois can feel both breathtaking and intimidating. In fact, in April of this year, Saline County Central Dispatch a...
Thursday, May 16, 2013 02:14 pm

A mural project is set to bring beauty to downtown

“It used to be scary down this way.”Barry Friedman, owner of the Alamo, 115 N. Fifth St., is reminiscing about conditions in downtown Springfield prior to the 2005 opening of the Abraham L...
Thursday, May 9, 2013 09:01 am

The effort to revive the heart of Springfield

When Jasper Madonia started working in downtown Springfield in 1939, the downtown was a different place from today. He describes a bustling place so busy that he had to push his way through the crowds...
Thursday, May 2, 2013 09:03 am

Murder trial begins in 2009 killings

Logan County state’s attorney Jonathan Wright was raging.With trial scheduled to start in just three weeks, defense attorney Daniel Fultz had tainted the jury pool by granting an interview to a...
Thursday, April 25, 2013 06:14 am

Mbanna Kantako is still on the air

Mbanna Kantako is on a roll.From his rental house just off North Grand Avenue in Enos Park, the 54-year-old blind man talks about the advent of spring and the need to till the soil. He speaks of pollu...

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