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Guest Opinion
Thursday, May 20, 2004 12:00 am
Sgt. Kathy Krusz has been an Illinois conservation agent for 26 years. Her life's work is protecting the state's abundant natural resources, including its wildlife. She's dealt with some of the
Thursday, Jan. 8, 2004 12:00 am
Bob Boarman has 16 grandchildren of his own, but to hear him talk, he's the surrogate grandfather of all the kids in town. And it bothered the 62-year-old businessman that all of his kids had to leave
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2003 12:00 am
Gene and Betty Hoots bought a successful ice-cream stand in Mattoon in the early 1950s. A few years later, the young couple decided to expand the business by adding hamburgers, french fries and
Thursday, Aug. 21, 2003 12:00 am

Recalling the Cantrall Twister of 1995

The afternoon of May 9, 1995, was clear, hot, and humid. A tornado watch had been issued, but Charles Bishop, an engineer at Garrett Aviation, continued to mow his lawn. At 4:45 p.m. he suddenl
Thursday, May 22, 2003 12:00 am
Donnie Beechler knows what it's like to whip past a cheering crowd at 200 miles per hour. In the basement of his Springfield home, the three-time Indy 500 veteran has a mini museum documenting his rac
Thursday, May 8, 2003 12:00 am
The homeless are often called "lazy" or "crazy." Writer John Jermaine spent last weekend in the freezing cold, talking to homeless people as they tried to stay warm. He says there is no one type. "I h
Thursday, April 24, 2003 12:00 am
"War is Hell," according to William Tecumseh Sherman. Ovbiously, he knew what he was talking about. Watching the invasion of Iraq on television, writer John Jermaine wondered about the naivete of the
Friday, April 4, 2003 12:00 am
Writer John Jermaine has long heard about speed traps in the towns of Edinburg and Rochester, located south of Springfield on Route 29. With the route expanding from two to four lanes, the highway wil


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