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Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 12:01 am
 As reliable as the leaves donning their brilliantine colors and that familiar chill exiling the once seemingly interminable humidity, music is once again in the air as autumn gets underway. This...
Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 12:01 am
 AUGUSTPittsfield Fall FestivalAug 28-31, 6pm Thu-Fri, 9am Sat, Food vendors, crafts, carnival and many activities. Parade on Saturday. Free. 217-617-2656. Pike County Courthouse, 100 E. Washingt...
Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 12:01 am

When historical documents disappear from courthouses

 As a supervisor in the department of state archives for the secretary of state’s office, Karl Moore makes a living by preserving records from courts and government offices throughout Illinois....
Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 12:01 am

Police say they’re trying to make the city safer. But black drivers feel targeted.

 Just before midnight on Nov. 4, Samuel Johnson of Springfield was returning home from Bloomington when he saw a police cruiser in the median along Interstate 55. He hadn’t been drinking or usi...
Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 12:01 am

I survived the Redneck Fishing Tournament

Whoever it was who said “Get thee to a redneckery” meant Bath in the wilds of Mason County, and so I am here for the annual Redneck Fishing Tournament. So are a lot of other people. From New Jersey. From New York. From Denver, and all points between. Forget Fustercluck in California, with its belly flop contests, and the Roadkill Cook-off Contest in West Virginia. Bath, population 320 on a goo...
Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 12:01 am
Jerry Brandsford knows a thing or two about Mammoth Cave National Park. You could even say his affinity for the massive cavern in central Kentucky runs deep.Brandsford is the fifth generation of his f...
Thursday, July 31, 2014 12:01 am

Festival puts the power (and money) in the hands of local musicians

  “Our idea was to gather up all these smaller, original bands and give them a chance to get up on the big stages, make some money and get their name out there,” says local musician Josh Cata...
Thursday, July 24, 2014 12:01 am

Springfield’s Jackson Street could get a makeover

 In the 1820s, when Springfield was still changing from a sleepy frontier settlement to a bustling metropolis, a small creek ran through what is now the city’s downtown.  Nearly 200 years...
Thursday, July 17, 2014 12:01 am

Springfield Foxes play semi-pro football for free

 Lawrence “Moe” Dampeer once was one of the nation’s most-coveted high school football recruits, receiving attention from the likes of UCLA, Florida State, Miami and Ohio State while starri...

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