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Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015 12:10 am

Family-friendly NYE celebration features 30 live performances, 8 stages

 Send out 2015 in a blaze of performing arts, fireworks and creativity and celebrate a new year at First Night Springfield. The Springfield Area Arts Council-hosted celebration is Springfield’s...
Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015 12:01 am
About the issueIt is our tradition to reserve our last issue of the year to remember some of the Springfield-area people who have died in the past year. Those we write about here are people who have c...
Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015 12:01 am

LANA BENEDICT Aug. 19, 1946-Oct. 2, 2015

It’s likely no one who knew Lana Benedict as a State of Illinois retiree, volunteer cook, gardener, singer, loving mother and wife thought she would leave life on this side of heaven at age 69 last ...
Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015 12:01 am

CHARLES ARMSTRONG ‘CHICK’ CHAPIN Feb. 27, 1921 – May 31, 2015

 Charles Armstrong Chapin was many things: a World War II veteran, an accomplished attorney, a lover of classical music, an involved member of his community and a beloved husband and father.&nbsp...
Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015 12:01 am

DONNA ELLEN FROST Jan. 1, 1943-Jan. 12, 2015

Loyal employee of Illinois Times Donna Ellen Frost was my younger sister. We went everywhere together and did everything together. My sister was my best friend. Donna was the first New Year’s b...
Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015 12:01 am

EVANS BRITTIN - March 11, 1930 – July 18, 2015

Evans Brittin was truly a gifted music man of many talents, which he willingly shared his whole life. After he served in the U.S. Navy as a pilot, he graduated from Illinois State University and taugh...
Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015 12:01 am

JAMES CRAVEN Aug. 7, 1925-Jan. 12, 2015

As a judge, James Craven wasn’t the sort to embarrass lawyers by calling them out publicly while court was in session.“I run into all kinds of people who appeared before him once, twice, many time...
Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015 12:01 am

FAE “ARLENE” CLEMONS Sept. 23, 1939 – June 19, 2015

It has always been Mom and me against the world. She married her first and only love, had one child (me) and worked her way up to management at Illinois Bell, a great achievement in the 1970s. The mar...
Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015 12:01 am

LEIGH ANN GALYON SMITH Jan. 14, 1963 – Jan. 5, 2015

Leigh Ann Galyon Smith was an incredible person. The Queen of Everything! Everyone she came in contact with would probably tell you the same thing. Bubbly, beautiful, amazingly talented, angelic voice...
Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015 12:01 am

WILLIAM N. BECKER Mar. 15, 1946 – May 2, 2015

On May 2, 2015, at 2:10 p.m., I sat holding Bill’s hand when he died of pancreatic cancer in room E282 at Memorial Medical Center. He was my best friend and husband.I met Bill at a dance in junior c...


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