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Trick stallion and his owner receive national honors

Trick stallion and his owner receive national honors

EFFINGHAM – Tom Hennigh called Topkick, his golden Palomino trick horse, a “four-legged Bob Hope.”

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71-year-old said she'll dive in again for Polar Plunge

DECATUR – Jackie Francisco is ready to take the plunge again.

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Chandler dedicated to faith, students

Sister Catherine Chandler was principal of St. Teresa High School twice, from 1962 to 1965 and 1969 to 1975.

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Gallery showcases fine art from around the world

Gallery showcases fine art from around the world

FORSYTH – Joan Winters has a 'let's do it, you're never too old' attitude. 

March 01, 2015 12:00 am Photos

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Fastpitch standouts to join Hall of Fame

DECATUR – Fuzz Coffman, fastpitch softball player and manager, will be inducted into the Illinois Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame in a ceremony Saturday, April 11, in the Decatur Conference Center and Hotel.

February 25, 2015 1:00 am(0)

Golden K honors Bring Up Grades students

DECATUR – The Golden K Kiwanis Club has honored 35 fourth-grade students in the Bringing Up Grades program during the second grading period.

February 18, 2015 2:00 am(0)

Flames host 25th Tournament of Friends

DECATUR – Geoff Geoghean and his family moved to Decatur from New York in 1970. He began playing in the Decatur Youth Hockey Association at age 11.

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Corinne Fombelle takes top honors

Corinne Fombelle takes top honors

MOUNT ZION – Corinne Fombelle, Mount Zion High School senior, rates as the top alto saxophone player in Illinois.

February 11, 2015 2:00 am Photos

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Decatur couple find plenty of adventure in Zagora, Morocco

Decatur couple find plenty of adventure in Zagora, Morocco

DECATUR – Norm Hawbaker and his wife, Joyce, pondered where to go on a vacation trip. Their daughter, Brenda, suggested, perhaps in jest: “How about Timbuktu?”

February 04, 2015 2:00 am(0)
Tim Durbin runs 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days

Tim Durbin runs 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days

Tim Durbin ran 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days.

February 04, 2015 2:00 am Photos

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Longtime band, the Goldenaires, finally calling it quits

Longtime band, the Goldenaires, finally calling it quits

DECATUR – Thirty years ago, Louise Wickline retired from teaching language arts to eighth-graders at Mount Zion Junior High School and joined the Goldenaires band as the piano player. On Jan. 21, she retired again and so did the entire band. The final performance was at Imboden Creek Gardens.

February 04, 2015 12:00 am Photos

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40th annual Central Illinois Jazz Festival opens Friday

40th annual Central Illinois Jazz Festival opens Friday

DECATUR – Welcome back, Bill.

January 30, 2015 1:30 am Photos

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Students win art awards

Students win art awards

DECATUR – Students from Argenta-Oreana School and Thomas Jefferson Middle School won best of show honors in the Gallery 510 Young Artists Showcase.

January 28, 2015 2:00 am Photos

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Behnke was a tour de force fundraiser

DECATUR -- It was difficult to say “no” to Mary Anne Behnke.

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Pondelick made lessons real for students

DECATUR -- In May 1973, Ralph Monts opened his front door and was greeted by Anne Pondelick and 39 MacArthur High School students.

January 28, 2015 2:00 am(0)
40th annual Central Illinois Jazz Festival begins this weekend

40th annual Central Illinois Jazz Festival begins this weekend

DECATUR – As the 2014 national jazz festival circuit concluded, two performers were the hot attractions.

January 28, 2015 1:30 am Photos

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Macon County Honor Guard ever faithful to service

Macon County Honor Guard ever faithful to service

DECATUR – Since 1995, members of the Macon County Honor Guard have solemnly provided last respects at 3,358 funerals for military veterans.

January 21, 2015 1:00 am(0)

Kubow a hard worker, dedicated to Herald & Review

DECATUR — Don Kubow, who died Jan. 1 at age 80, worked at the Decatur Herald & Review nearly 45 years.

January 17, 2015 1:00 am(0)
Mount Zion hosts Show Choir Invitational this weekend

Mount Zion hosts Show Choir Invitational this weekend

MOUNT ZION – Get prepared for a weekend full of show-stopping performances when the Mount Zion Swingsations play host to the annual Midwest Show Choir Invitational this weekend.

January 14, 2015 2:00 am Photos

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Book chronicles history of Turkey Tournament

DECATUR — “Thanksgiving Basketball … a Decatur Tradition,” is the latest book by J. Thomas McNamara.

January 14, 2015 1:00 am(0)

Realtor remembered for his integrity

Honest, caring, helpful.

January 14, 2015 12:00 am(0)
Findlay man a dedicated marble collector

Findlay man a dedicated marble collector

FINDLAY – A marble is a small spherical toy usually made of colored glass, once prized by boys, now prized by collectors and those steeped in nostalgia.

January 10, 2015 12:01 am Photos

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Handley, the man, was big league material

DECATUR – Lee Handley. who died Dec. 22 at age 79, once batted between Chicago Cubs Hall of Fame baseball players Billy Williams and Ron Santo.

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Delivering meals a longtime activity for three friends, former co-workers

Delivering meals a longtime activity for three friends, former co-workers

DECATUR – It's Friday morning and Colleen Jester, Marcella Lindgren and Carol Glenn are gathered at Decatur Memorial Hospital, getting ready to deliver their Meals on Wheels route.

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After many years, Ganleys dominate once again

After many years, Ganleys dominate once again

DECATUR – In the spring of 1982, Herald & Review sports writer Mark Ambrogi wrote a story headlined “Decatur runs out of Ganleys.” Mike Ganley was the last of four brothers who played for Stephen Decatur High School. Baseball Coach Mickey Buttz was quoted: “There has been at least one Ga…

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Veteran recalls a cold Christmas in Hürtgen Forest

DECATUR – Christmas in 1944 was just another cold day for Army squad leader Neil Pistorius of Blue Mound during World War II.

December 24, 2014 12:00 am(2)
Exercise classes keep seniors, and instructor, on the move

Exercise classes keep seniors, and instructor, on the move

DECATUR – On a recent Monday morning, Norma Marshall called the Decatur Macon County Senior Center exercise class to assemble for an hour of walking, bending, flexing and stretching.

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Handmade scarves, hats donated to coat collection effort

Handmade scarves, hats donated to coat collection effort

DECATUR – The Christmas spirit of giving arrived at Tanglewood Village in September.

December 17, 2014 1:00 am Photos

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Springfield Honor Flights carry on service to veterans

SPRINGFIELD – Land of Lincoln Honor Flight of Springfield completed the 2014 flying season having served in six years a total of 2,267 military veterans of World War II, the KoreanWar and the Vietnam War with a no-cost, day-long trip to Washington, D.C., to visit national memorials.

December 11, 2014 12:01 am(0)
Sun, sand and jazz converge in Florida

Sun, sand and jazz converge in Florida

DECATUR – My last trip in 2014 was to the Suncoast Jazz Festival in Clearwater Beach, Fla., just before Thanksgiving.

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Former H&R reporter Moore's work recalled

Former H&R reporter Moore's work recalled

DECATUR – Lois Moore liked to be in the middle of things. She found the opportunity at the Herald & Review.

December 10, 2014 12:01 am(0)
Community's protectors honored with ornament

Community's protectors honored with ornament

DECATUR -- "First Responders" is the 2014 Independence Pointe Ornament of Hope, the 24th in a series of collectibles depicting Decatur landmarks.

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Harvest team builds safe cookstoves in Guatemala

Harvest team builds safe cookstoves in Guatemala

DECATUR – Church mission trips are life-changing, particularly in Guatemala.

December 06, 2014 1:30 am Photos

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St. Mary's Auxiliary invites public to its Extravaganza this weekend

St. Mary's Auxiliary invites public to its Extravaganza this weekend

DECATUR – Carol Bork's St. Mary's Hospital Auxiliary Artisans have been working all year to replenish their stock of one-of-a-kind creations.

December 04, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Minister focuses on saving souls in new book

DECATUR – Curtis D. Johnson wants you to walk through the right door.

November 29, 2014 12:00 am(0)
Hall of Fame bowler keeps rolling along

Hall of Fame bowler keeps rolling along

DECATUR – At age 70, Decatur Hall of Fame bowler Gary Palas continues to excel.

November 26, 2014 1:00 am(0)
Kiwanis basketball offers on-court advance to youths

Kiwanis basketball offers on-court advance to youths

DECATUR – Linda White was among an overflow crowd last week as the sixth grade basketball season opened in the Decatur Indoor Sports Center. She came to cheer for her grandson, Keeaman Cook, a Harris School player.

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'Gloria' highlight of Opus 24 concert

DECATUR – The Decatur Choral Society's Opus 24 concert Tuesday, Nov. 24, is all about “Gloria.”

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U.S. Mosconi team coming to Decatur

DECATUR –In golf, the Ryder Cup competition between the U.S. and Europe draws headlines. So does the Davis Cup competition in tennis. Have you heard of the U.S. vs. Europe Mosconi Cup competition in billiards?

November 19, 2014 2:00 am(0)

WXFM radio celebrating 30 years on the air

MOUNT ZION – On Nov. 8, 1984, WXFM radio, 99.3, Mount Zion, went on the air.

November 19, 2014 2:00 am(0)
Decatur Big Brother garners statewide honor

Decatur Big Brother garners statewide honor

DECATUR -- Mark Floerke and C.J. Barbee became lunch buddies at Brush College School in 2009.

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Bookmark: Scholar examines WWII’s mission to China

Bookmark: Scholar examines WWII’s mission to China

For those interested in a close-up account of the experience of the American military mission to China and for those interested in the China-Burma-India Theater in World War II, William G. Grieve of Forsyth, a retired Marine Corps colonel and Richland Community College professor, has written…

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Schools foundation names award winners

Schools foundation names award winners

DECATUR – Sarah Smith was a cinch when nominations for Educator of the Year arrived at the Decatur Public Schools Foundation office.

November 12, 2014 2:00 am Photos

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Decatur man made Christmas merry for many

Vickie Crawley clutched her new teddy bear.

November 12, 2014 2:00 am(0)

Joy, thankfulness an overriding theme for columnist

DECATUR – Rose Cunningham's last Prairie Talk essay published in the Herald & Review dealt with the unexpected Christmas joy of celebrating with her family.

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Gallery 510's ARTini fundraiser set Thursday

Gallery 510's ARTini fundraiser set Thursday

DECATUR – Gallery 510 Arts Guild holds its fifth annual ARTini fund raising event on Thursday, Nov. 13, with a new president.

November 12, 2014 1:30 am(0)

Essex steam train, riverboat trip almost like traveling in time

ESSEX, Conn. – Step back in time with the Essex steam train and riverboat sightseeing journey.

November 05, 2014 3:00 am(0)
Junk Monkey with Shades makes unique lamps from found objects

Junk Monkey with Shades makes unique lamps from found objects

DECATUR – What's a Junk Monkey with Shades?

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Decatur man teaches about life and death with new book

Decatur man teaches about life and death with new book

DECATUR – Richard L. Houser grew up listening to tales of gypsies and witches provided by his grandmother, Ema Gertrude Houser.

October 29, 2014 2:30 am(0)

Swingsations, other performers take stage this weekend

DECATUR – Packed with 31 returnees, the national champion Mount Zion High School Swingsations Show Choir begins a new season with its annual fall show this weekend.

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