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Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013 12:01 am
 “Ushers hurriedly passed tiny baskets of yellow grapes. A loud solemn gong began booming. Each head bent, gobbling their grapes. All around me I heard sputtering and choking. [Edmundo] was fra...
Thursday, June 14, 2012 03:44 pm

What to do when White Oaks is gone

A planned new “patioscape” on the parking lot side of the former White Oaks Cinema will provide outdoor seating for customers of the shops and eateries expected to move into the converted...
Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 12:01 am

Father John Garvey, late of Springfield, dies at 70

  “Agnostic though you are you should pray for his health,” John urged me when he heard that critic and essayist Clive James was suffering from cancer. “After [the deaths of Chris...
Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 12:01 am

Why do so many cities with history not have a history?

 Most towns of any size have history that is worth reading about, but surprisingly few have a good history in which they might read it. By “a good history” I mean a single-volume history for...
Thursday, May 12, 2011 09:44 am

Why a place’s past comes to matter

The Sangamon County Historical Society turns 50 years old this year. Judged by such new initiatives as a Web-based encyclopedia of area history, the Society is – it pains me to say this –...
Thursday, July 21, 2016 12:03 am
 Is it hot enough for you? If I hear that phrase one more time … Anyway, onward to the music, please.In the parade of weekend festivals that comes each July in our community, the Downtown Sprin...
Thursday, June 23, 2016 12:18 am
 Nobody, and I mean nobody, ever thought that Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration could ever keep state operations running for a year without an actual state budget.State and federal courts have...
Thursday, June 23, 2016 12:19 am

Does the city of Springfield need its own planner?

 It sounded like a Seinfeld episode. The Salvation Army buys a building on Ninth Street for a new homeless shelter and spends half a mill fixing it up, only for Mayor Jim Langfelder to tell them,...
Thursday, June 16, 2016 12:01 am
 Welcome to mid-June in central Illinois. The weather is heating up along with the music scene, save for the occasional thundershower that washes out a performance.Here comes the Sangamon County...
Thursday, June 16, 2016 12:01 am
 I’m a single woman in my 40s. It’s been ages since I’ve seriously dated anyone. People tell me that I seem “closed off.” I don’t want to be, but I worry that I’ll get into another...

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