Area authors showcase books for winter

 The holiday season is upon us, a time when people are seeking the perfect presents. Books can be just that and, as everyone knows by now, buying local is better. On Saturday, Nov. 24, eleven loc...

Expungement summit gives hope to people with a past

 A conviction and prison time for marijuana possession more than 10 years ago prevents him from becoming a registered nurse, said one of the 204  who showed up for the “Expungement and Rec...

One was free on recognizance despite felonies

 Authorities haven’t said what led Michael Trone to the Sleep Inn.Trone’s body was found Sept. 7 in a room at the hotel at 3470 Freedom Drive, barely a mile from his Westchester home. Two men...

Unusual occurrences in Macoupin County

 You never know what you’ll find in a courthouse.I was reminded of this during a visit last week to the Macoupin County courthouse in Carlinville. It was, according to legend and the internet,...
 In 2006, then-president George W. Bush, congressional Republican leaders, the powerful “privatizer lobby” and Koch-funded think tanks and Astroturf front groups colluded to put a one-of-a-ki...
WREATHS ACROSS AMERICAReady or not, it’s Christmas! Stores have been stocking shelves for months. Television advertising is all ho-ho-ho. A local radio station is cranking out yuletide tunes 24/7. M...
 Once a year or so we like to thank the community that makes a community newspaper possible. That includes the readers who soak in what we offer, in print and online, and the advertisers, who are...
 Here we are again at that Thanksgiving time of year, and boy, are we thankful for lots o’ things! Since we are a music column in origin and existence, let’s give thanks for the music makers...
 Originating from the river city of Beardstown, this group began as a couple of pals getting together to play some songs at the local pub in 2011. The country-rocking band relocated to Nashville...
 It’s not hard to create festive party platters and gorgeous cheeseboards that will impress your guests or make you the most popular person at the office potluck. This is how I prefer to entert...
 Much is being made of the president’s targeting of CNN’s Jim Acosta, but TV news bears as much blame as anyone for our democracy’s dystopian decline, culminating in the presidency of an ig...
 Avoid the long lines, stress and headaches associated with Black Friday shopping and enjoy a day of family fun during the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum’s fourth annual “Fun...
 Don your pajamas and head to The Legacy Theatre this weekend to enjoy a Polar Express Pajama Party. These special holiday events feature a crafting and cocoa party prior to a screening of The Po...
I lost more than 100 pounds. I’m really proud of myself and my new body, so I post pix on Instagram. Disturbingly, I’ve got a few haters -- all women! -- who come at me saying I’m narcissistic,...

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