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Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013 03:37 pm

A church organizes an outpouring of generosity called Sharefest

What would cause parents to be excited about sending their children to a 102-year-old school building where 82 percent of the students come from low-income homes? The answer is an outpouring of genero...
Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013 03:37 pm
It is Friday, and drug court is back in session on the seventh floor of the Sangamon County courthouse.As on every Friday at 11 a.m., two dozen or so participants in the county’s fledgling drug ...
Thursday, July 25, 2013 02:29 pm

The Seething Coast storms Springfield’s shores with a pair of new releases

“I was born here but I can’t die here / And all my dreams, they all dried up a long time ago” – lyric from “Dignity” by The Seething Coast Playing in a rock...
Thursday, July 18, 2013 03:37 pm

Three separate expansion projects bring improved health care to Springfield

What’s the official bird of St. John’s Hospital? The crane.That silly joke popped up shortly after the towering construction crane began hoisting materials around the hospital in June 2012...
Thursday, July 11, 2013 04:39 pm

Law enforcement gets tough on heroin

Outlawed since 1924, heroin bumped along from the Jazz Age through the Vietnam War, mostly as someone else’s problem, at least so far as most folks outside large metropolitan areas were concerne...
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 02:18 pm
Like a gambling addict who continues to lay large wagers against the house despite mixed results, Hollywood studios keep spending insane amounts of money in the hopes of delivering a film that not onl...
Thursday, June 27, 2013 06:27 am

Changes on the horizon for the convention center

Things had gotten pretty bad for the Prairie Capital Convention Center.“The building had 30-year-old galvanized plumbing,” recounts PCCC general manager Brian Oaks. “It was to the po...
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...

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