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Wednesday, June 4, 2014 09:34 am

Eric Welch’s passion project celebrates music and charity

 Twenty years ago, Eric Welch had a vision. “I was 21 years old,” he recalls, “and I’d started going out to the bars and seeing local bands that I was thrilled by. Then I would go downtow...
Thursday, May 29, 2014 12:01 am

The national scandal hits home. An underfunded overworked health care system needs reform.

 The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs scandal is starting to hit closer to home. It was late 2013 when Dr. Sam Foote filed a complaint with the VA Office of Inspector General and met with news...
Thursday, May 22, 2014 12:01 am

Sign up for one of these events, then train for it. If you enter, you’re a winner.

 When life gets busy, staying fit often takes a back seat. But there’s an easy way to stay committed to your workout: sign up for a race.Simply wanting to be in shape will only get you so far,...
Thursday, May 22, 2014 12:01 am
Assumption Fest6-11 p.m. Thursday, June 26; 5 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Friday, June 27; 11 a.m.-12:30 a.m. Saturday, June 28Here’s a festival that’s been going on and growing for more than 80 years. Origin...
Thursday, May 22, 2014 12:01 am
 You read his poems in school and you have heard his name all of your life. If you are curious like I was about this man who composed folk songs and wrote poems, books about Lincoln and children�...
Thursday, May 22, 2014 12:01 am

The Kibbe Hancock Museum, “Where local history comes alive”

 Head west, young man or woman! About 100 miles northwest of Springfield there is an interesting museum, the Kibbe Hancock Museum, with the motto, “Where Local History Comes Alive.”The Kibbe...
Thursday, May 22, 2014 12:01 am
 It was a weekend getaway for me as I decided to make my way down to southwestern Illinois and southeastern Missouri to get a little French history lesson. I didn’t know what to expect as I sta...
Thursday, May 22, 2014 12:01 am

Travel Lincoln’s path to the Lincoln Log Cabin

 Abraham Lincoln’s legacy is found not just in Springfield but throughout central Illinois, where he practiced law and traveled to many locations, including Coles County. While he was in Coles...

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