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Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013 12:01 am

GRACE ELEANOR MURDOCK Aug. 16, 1918-March 14, 2013

Grace Murdock, you could say, was a real pistol.Upon her death at 94 last spring, Murdock’s son, Mitchell, found a .22-caliber gun in her nightstand at Concordia Village, where she lived the final d...
Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013 12:01 am
 About the issueOur annual end-of-year obituary issue offers in-depth portraits and personal remembrances of just a few of the hundreds who have passed from the Springfield scene this year. There...
Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 12:01 am
 We lived in a frame house in Hickory Hollow during our younger years. We had many interesting experiences there, especially in the wintertime.Brother Jack and I woke up early on a dark and cold...
Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 12:01 am
Grand performances move HustleDeception, denial and blind ambition are at the core of David O. Russell’s American Hustle, a wildly ambitious, relentlessly engaging and darkly humorous tale that feat...
Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 12:01 am

This year, look for tech, nostalgia and popular brands to sell big

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 Innovation. Building skills. Out-of-the-box thinking. This year, toys trends are more about stretching the mind than providing temporary entertainment – or finding new ways to do both.“This...
Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 12:01 am

How do you know if a party is going well or horribly wrong? Entertaining expert Susan Spungen tells you how to right a sinking ship and how to stop worrying and enjoy your fiesta

 Along with the holidays come many parties, but unfortunately, parties don’t always go the way you hope they will. We asked Susan Spungen, founding food editor at Martha Stewart Living and auth...
Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 12:01 am
 There are only so many sweaters, necklaces and pocketknives a person can acquire before it gets to be a bit much. “At a certain age, we start to comprehend the sacrifices our parents have made...
Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 12:01 am

Established and successful, music education is ready to grow

 On Wednesday, Dec. 4, outside Room 2250 in Menard Hall on the campus of Lincoln Land Community College, well-dressed young adults pace nervously, awaiting the moment they enter to participate in...
Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 12:01 am
Candles truly are the gifts that keep on giving. According to the National Candle Association, America’s love for waxing poetic burns bright: $2 billion is spent annually on candles and they are use...

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