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Decatur women enjoy 100-plus birthday wishes

Decatur women enjoy 100-plus birthday wishes

DECATUR – Julia Downey and Servata Munson were neighbors in the 1940s in the 2100 block of North Church Street. The other day, they sat next to each other at a table in the Symphony of Decatur…

May 20, 2015 2:00 am Photos

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Artists win awards in Barn Colony spring show

Artists win awards in Barn Colony spring show

DECATUR – Teresa Dixon parlayed a soft pastel drawing of her granddaughters, Ramona, Mika and Paula, into best of show honors in the experienced division of the 75th Barn Colony Artists Spring Show.

May 20, 2015 2:00 am Photos

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Fallstrom: A night of pool halls, shooting stars

Fallstrom: A night of pool halls, shooting stars

Let's go back to the 1960s. Don Tozer called the sports desk one summer night: “Minnesota Fats is here. C'mon over.”

May 20, 2015 2:00 am(0)

Mark Sorensen receives lifetime achievement award for contributions to local history

Mark Sorensen receives lifetime achievement award for contributions to local history

DECATUR – You might say being Macon County's official historian since 2004 wasn't enough for Mark Sorensen.

May 17, 2015 2:00 am Photos

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Jewish WWI vet receives Medal of Honor

Jewish WWI vet receives Medal of Honor

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Nearly a century after Sgt. William Shemin pulled wounded comrades to safety on a World War I battlefield, his heroism has finally earned him the nation's highest service medal.

May 14, 2015 9:58 pm(0)

Prairie Talk: History footnotes often more interesting

Being factual means many footnotes. I’ve found reading those footnotes is more interesting and entertaining.

May 13, 2015 2:00 am(0)

Old-fashioned straight razors offer modern indulgence

Old-fashioned straight razors offer modern indulgence

DECATUR –The treatment starts with a hot towel covering Chuck Durbin's face. Then comes the thick white lather. Designated shaver Adam Griffin lifts his straight razor into position. The mound…

May 13, 2015 2:00 am Photos

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Great-grandma goes to prom

Great-grandma goes to prom

SEYMOUR, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana teenager who took his 93-year-old great-grandmother to his junior prom said he had a great time, even though her early bedtime nearly cut the night short.

May 08, 2015 6:17 pm(0)

Wright's tireless service lauded

Wright's tireless service lauded

WASHINGTON – Jim Wright, a former longtime congressman from Fort Worth, Texas, who rose to be third in line to the president only to resign soon after under an ethics cloud, died Wednesday in …

May 07, 2015 4:00 am(0)

Daly's 'go big or go home' attitude will be missed

Daly's 'go big or go home' attitude will be missed

It was a historic vote on July 8, 1974. Should the Hickory Point Mall be located in Decatur? 

May 06, 2015 2:00 am(0)

Artist win big at Shelby County show

Winners of the recent 49th Annual Shelby County Art Show include:

May 06, 2015 2:00 am(0)

Standout athlete's name missing from HOF

Standout athlete's name missing from HOF

DECATUR – Look up the Millikin University Athletic Hall of Fame list. Regrettably, Paul Jones is missing. He was an all-around athlete in track and field.

May 06, 2015 2:00 am Photos

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Social Security: Help mom sign up for online services

What do you plan to get for Mom this Mother’s Day? If she’s like most Americans, she probably feels time-constrained and the hours she spends with family and friends are precious. So, in addit…

May 05, 2015 12:43 pm(0)

Barbara Cooper has been around the world promoting Job's Daughters

Barbara Cooper has been around the world promoting Job's Daughters

DECATUR – As the Supreme Guardian of Job's Daughters International, Barbara Cooper is extraordinarily busy.

May 04, 2015 1:54 pm(0)

Fallstrom: Things looking up for Chicago White Sox and Cubs

Fallstrom: Things looking up for Chicago White Sox and Cubs

Better, better, better.

April 29, 2015 2:00 am(0)

Mr. and Mrs. Benny Haws

Mr. and Mrs. Benny Haws

HAWS

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Mr. and Mrs. Darwin Shroyer

Mr. and Mrs. Darwin Shroyer

SHROYER

April 29, 2015 2:00 am(0)

Mr. and Mrs. John Wagner

Mr. and Mrs. John Wagner

WAGNER

April 29, 2015 2:00 am(0)

Mr. and Mrs. William Schroeder

Mr. and Mrs. William Schroeder

SCHROEDER

April 29, 2015 2:00 am(0)

Mr. and Mrs. James Ankrom

Mr. and Mrs. James Ankrom

ANKROM

April 29, 2015 2:00 am(0)

Longtime piano contest to end its run in Illinois, founder says

Longtime piano contest to end its run in Illinois, founder says

EAST PEORIA – The World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest and Festival is coming to an end.

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Hawbaker: Spring beckons gardeners

Hawbaker: Spring beckons gardeners

Mother Nature is putting on a show this spring with flowering trees and shrubs everywhere.

April 26, 2015 9:00 am(0)

Cook's Choice: Versatile casserole makes a special treat for mom

It seems nearly impossible that this year our daughter will be observing her second Mother's Day and our daughter-in-law her 12th. The question always becomes how and when do we celebrate, sin…

April 23, 2015 2:00 am(0)

When TV watches you back

I took a little heat the day my son walked in and noticed the tiniest piece of Gorilla Tape I'd strategically stuck over the built-in camera on my MacBook Pro. "Paranoid much, Mom?"

April 23, 2015 2:00 am(0)

Mental health docs valuable

Dear Dr. Roach: I just read your column regarding K.V.'s concerns about anxiety and sleep disturbance. I take issue with your advice that she go back to her primary doctor. If a patient had ca…

April 23, 2015 2:00 am(0)
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Lawmakers pull together against weeds

Illinois lawmakers made little progress last week on solving big issues such as the state budget or the state pension mess.

May 24, 2015 4:00 am(0)