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Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019 12:09 am

A crowded field for municipal races

 If you think there are a lot of politicians on the make in Springfield, you’d be right.Thirty-two candidates are vying for 13 municipal offices in the upcoming April 2 municipal election. Thre...
Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019 12:08 am

What the state report card doesn’t tell you about Harvard Park

 “If you spend any time with these kids, your heart will melt. You look at these kids, some as poor as church mice, and they’re learning, they’re excited.”Those are the words of Harvard P...
Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019 12:11 am
 The thought has crossed my mind that perhaps my indifference to so many movies this year may be due to the fact that I’ve simply seen too many films. Could the burnout I’ve been warned about...
Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019 12:10 am
Movies are about moments – big moments that erase our cynicism about cinema and remind us of its capacity to dazzle as well as touch us. This happens in a way only possible with a medium that seamle...
Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018 12:12 am
 This is Roy French’s annual Christmas memoir.It is near midnight in late December. I have just returned home from a country schoolhouse. It is a very old building with uneven floors and drafty...
Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018 12:07 am
 Mary Poppins Returns is magical“Everything old is new again” seems to be the mantra at Disney Studios where their movies are concerned. Never mind the Marvel Films and Star Wars franchises,...
Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018 12:06 am

Holiday cocktails warm the soul

 The holidays are upon us, and if you don’t yet need a drink, you will.What with relatives you can’t wish away and kids rip-ripping open packages, then bang-banging drums and bleep-bleeping e...
Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018 12:08 am

Was it an accident or crime?

She loved horses and the Green Bay Packers. She hated her curly hair. She was in the sixth grade at Gillespie Middle School. She didn’t like to run, but she played soccer anyway.She’s been dead fo...
Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018 12:12 am
Pet portraits - Photos by Terry Farmer               ...
Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018 12:11 am
 If you get a kick out of giving your pet a gift, you’re in good company. According to a survey conducted by Rover.com, 95 percent of pet owners said they have purchased a Christmas gift for th...

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