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Thursday, May 19, 2016 12:14 am

Enjoy varied hiking terrain close to home in the Sangamon River Valley

 You don’t have to leave central Illinois to have an enjoyable, authentic hiking experience. This summer, get close to nature and have fun with friends and family by hiking these and other park...
Thursday, May 19, 2016 12:13 am

ABATE’s safety slogan: ‘Look twice to save a life’

 For bikers like Phil Cornell, longtime motorcyclist, a fun summer is a safe summer. “I do this because I love to ride,” said Cornell. “But I’m sick of burying my brothers and sisters as...
Thursday, May 19, 2016 12:12 am

Summertime cocktails deliver

 Ahhhh – the summer cocktail.Both refreshing and teasing, the perfect elixir for summer’s dog days evokes a happier time of spring, with cherry blossoms bursting and everyone’s team with a...
Thursday, May 19, 2016 12:10 am

Summer is the time for live theater, outdoors or in

 Central Illinois is the place to be for family-friendly summer shows. New Salem’s Theatre in the ParkThe Dixie Swim Club June 3-5, 9-11. A comedy about a reunion of five lifelong female friend...
Thursday, May 19, 2016 12:09 am

Plan now for some dancing in the streets

 To paraphrase Martha and the Vandellas, summer’s almost here and the time is almost right for dancing in the streets. Here’s a handy guide to some of the musical highlights coming to the are...
Thursday, May 12, 2016 12:10 am

Jim Langfelder’s first year as mayor

 It took nearly a year for the honeymoon to end, but Mayor Jim Langfelder this spring finally faced a room full of constituents angry at him.City council chambers in April bulged with people clut...
Thursday, May 5, 2016 12:15 am

Young in Springfield, Lincoln enjoyed a deep relationship with Joshua Speed

 In 1834, Joshua Speed, an ambitious young man from a well-to-do Kentucky family, set up a dry goods store in a two-story brick house on the corner of Fifth and Washington Streets in Springfield....
Thursday, May 5, 2016 12:14 am

Tourism agency urges residents to explore their hometown

 May 1-7 is National Travel and Tourism Week, and Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Gina Gemberling wants Springfield-area residents to join in the fun right here at h...
Thursday, May 5, 2016 12:13 am

You were there? You should see the movie.

 On Sunday, May 3, 2015 – a year ago – my family and I staked out a spot on North Fourth Street to watch the reenactment of Lincoln’s funeral procession pass by. I was well aware that the e...

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