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Guest Opinion
Thursday, April 5, 2012 12:00 am
I could not sleep last night for quite awhile, thinking about her.Limping carefully, the young woman in the faded blue scrubs and hooded sweat shirt put one sock-covered foot in front of the other, fr
Guest Opinion
Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011 12:00 am
Sept. 10. Pops had been in bed sleeping nearly 24 hours, so Karen and I went in to try to wake him, get him up. His eyes were open and staring straight ahead. The harsh snoring sound coming out of his
Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011 12:00 am

For fun, fitness and self-esteem, be a roller derby queen

“The night that I fell in love with a Roller Derby Queen, Round and round, oh round and round, The meanest hunk of woman that anybody ever seen, Down in the arena …,” – Jim Cr
Visual Art
Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010 12:00 am

Betsy Dollar’s fresh ideas for Springfield’s oldest arts organization

During the Middle Ages, the church used art in its cathedrals to draw the eyes of worshippers toward the heavens. Today, art is at the center of an effort to resurrect a blighted urban area once known
Guest Opinion
Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009 12:00 am
I am six months into an involuntary sojourn outside the full-time compensated workforce … and I gotta tell you, I don’t like it.Oh, sure. Some may think I am living high on the hog, thank
Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009 12:00 am

Computer Banc works to close the digital divide

When Computer Banc opened, for example, it initially gave free, refurbished computers to low-income families with children with learning disabilities, said Computer Banc board president Kevin Stevenson.
Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009 12:00 am
To paraphrase the great American storyteller, the report of Computer Banc’s demise was a bit premature. After abruptly closing its doors Sept. 2, Computer Banc has reopened with limited operations. It resumed distribution of computers beginning Oct. 1. “When the board met Sept. 1, we looked at where we were financially at that time, looked at donations scheduled to come in and the balances in the bank, and realized we did not have enough money to keep the operation running,” said Computer Banc board president Kevin Stevenson. “We had less of a computer inventory now than a year ago, which was also a concern of the board. So we made the decision to cease the operations, and at that time we notified the staff, notified our volunteers and supporters.”
Thursday, Aug. 6, 2009 12:00 am

A growing breed of livestock preserves an old way of life on a Sangamon County farm

Like an art critic judging a sculpture, Mike Earles leans back and places the end of his goateed chin between the raised thumb and forefinger of his left hand. His eyes narrow as he leans
Thursday, Aug. 6, 2009 12:00 am

Earles brothers belong to a new breed of livestock producer

The South African Boer goat quietly invaded the United States via Texas about 15 years ago – and has been nibbling its way north ever since. Developed by Dutch farmers


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