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Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019 03:11 pm

April 23, 1956 – August 2, 2018

accomplishments and involvement in the community.  Most will remember him as a small business owner, church deacon, fraternity man, or depending on how...
Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018 12:01 am

First Lady of Independent Living

 If you ever wanted to find Ann Ford, chances are you could find her scooting around the Capitol. Ford, who had contracted polio at the age of 5, used a scooter to get around, but that never stop...
Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018 12:01 am

Life in the shadow of history

 Decades before Donald Trump singled out his own “enemies of the people,” my proudly Lithuanian father Vince found out just how dangerous that label could be in the hands of Soviet dictator J...
Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018 12:01 am

A spiritual giant

 Paul Sims held the highly respected titles of Reverend, Doctor, United Methodist District Superintendent and Assistant to the Bishop. But, other titles reveal more about the life of this remarka...
Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018 12:01 am

He changed the banks of the river

 It’s a near certainty that at some point in our lives, each of us meets someone whose impact on us is profound. I am not talking about our grandparents. I am talking about someone who arrives...
Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018 12:01 am

Two little girls

 Sparkling blue eyes. Fabulous smiles. Mischievous little sisters. Though they never met in person, Karly Pearce and Charlee Walton had many similarities. Heartbreakingly, the 6-year-olds are lin...
Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018 12:01 am

He put central Illinois on stage

KEN BRADBURY Nov. 7, 1949 – Nov. 18, 2018He put central Illinois on stageIn the late 80s I directed a play at Fulton County Playhouse near Bryant. I was away after the play opened and received a cal...
Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018 12:01 am

Champion for the arts

KAY FEURER March 19, 1935-Oct. 18, 2018Champion for the arts“Kay Feurer loved and appreciated the arts,” says Grace Nanavati, director emeritus of the Springfield Ballet Company (SBC). “She left...
Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018 12:01 am

“Have a pretty good day”

PETER LAZARE April 16, 1952-Nov. 7, 2018“Have a pretty good day”Pete Lazare, almost always, was the smartest man in the room. He never made that clear.He spoke French. He read, a lot. His energy w...
Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018 12:01 am

A gentleman journalist

TIM LANDIS Nov. 19, 1951-Jan. 2, 2018A gentleman journalistTim Landis was no joke as a journalist.Consider the lede in the first story he wrote for the State Journal-Register back in 1995: “Junk mai...


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