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Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017 12:14 am

From New Year’s Day to Taco Daze, from music to theater to history, the town is on a roll

 Everything old is new again in Jacksonville, even the annual New Year’s Day celebration in the west central Illinois city of nearly 19,000.“I would say it started in the 1970s. It was in the...
Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017 12:13 am

New book combines Bill Crook’s art with his old-soul perspective

Bill Crook has been drawing for over 40 years, filling sketchbooks of his pen and ink illustrations that he says, “explore the interests of my heart.” Bill is a native of Springfield and has earne...
Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017 12:12 am
Books with an Illinois or Springfield connection make great holiday gifts, whether you’re looking for something for children, photographers, cooks, Lincoln buffs or sports enthusiasts. There are boo...
Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017 12:11 am
It isn’t always about what you receive or how much money was spent, but about the memories attached to a gift that sometimes ranks it up there with gifts to remember. As the holidays approach it is...
Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 12:08 am
 Winter Art SaleNov 30, Dec 1, 10am-2pm Thu-Fri. Featuring one-of-a-kind student-created art plus complimentary coffee and cookies. Free. LLCC Trutter Center, 5250 Shepherd Road, 786-2200.Edwards...
Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 12:07 am

East Peoria Festival of Lights, one of the largest in the Midwest

 East Peoria claims its Festival of Lights is “one of the largest, lighted nighttime festivals in the Midwest.” While such a boast is difficult to prove, visitors will encounter enough colorf...
Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017 12:09 am

Here’s what to drink on a cold winter night

 We are late.Usually, we do this in October, when oompah’ers are oompah’ing in oompah bands in the beer tents of Munich while drinkers pay homage to malted beverages without which the world w...
Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 12:12 am

How a Springfield group transformed itself by intermittent fasting

 In the guidebook for Narcotics Anonymous there is a paragraph which begins: “We have a disease; progressive, incurable and fatal.” The paragraph ends with the sentence: “Insanity is repeat...
Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 12:11 am

As the city’s overflow shelter opens for the winter, the homeless ask whether more can be done

 Sitting quietly inside an empty McDonald’s, Tracey and Michael Gragg ponder how they’ll find shelter for the night.Married for 18 years, the Graggs have been homeless for the last two. Micha...
Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 12:10 am

Why doctors are fleeing Leland Grove

 Is there a doctor in the house? Not as many in the Springfield area, thanks to the state of Illinois’ budget woes.Uncertainty over the state’s fiscal situation, fueled by Illinois’ record-...

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