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Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013 03:27 pm

Springfield – a mecca for motorcycles

It is, really, very simple.Apply throttle, turn left every 10 seconds or so and forget about the brakes. Boiled down, that is the essence of racing motorcycles on dirt tracks. You don’t have to ...
Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013 03:19 pm

The Clayville Folk Music Festival comes to life Aug. 24

Close your eyes and drift back in time. There are no cars, no cellphones, no computers, no electric grid. Not a film in a theater or a movie on TV and not one single musical recording via iTunes, albu...
Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013 02:58 pm

Community gardens bring people together

An idea that is a good one never quite goes away. Instead it rides the waves of interest, research and possibilities – it grows and melds with the times. Such is the idea of community gardens an...
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...

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