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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, 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. 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...


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