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Run Your Own Race It's Yours To Win
Thomas A. Paisley
Thomas A. Paisley
TAYLORVILLE — As we celebrate Father’s Day today, I’m remembering my dad and the lessons he taught my brothers and me.
Saturday, June 18, 2016

Anderson Jewelers

'Lost Recipes' book tells story of bygone restaurants and inns
A new cookbook called “The Book of Lost Recipes” remembers classic dishes from long-gone hotels, iconic restaurants and roadside eateries of yesteryear. But the book is more than a collection of recipes. It also chronicles the evolution of American food culture, telling stories of how and why certain dishes and restaurants became popular when they did.
Saturday, June 18, 2016

Kitchen Scoop by Alicia Ross
Saturday, June 18, 2016

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Saturday, June 4, 2016

A Straightforward Version
Today's recipe for Flatbread Patty Melts almost didn't make it to the photo shoot; the heavenly smell of sauteed onions coupled with the cheesy, moist burger with slaw on warm flatbread beckoned my family to the kitchen. I literally had to hold them back so I could shoot the photo to accommodate the recipe.
Saturday, June 4, 2016

What's in a name? Ask the folks in Two Egg, Fla.
TWO EGG, Fla. (AP) — What came first, the Chicken or the Egg — or make that the Two Egg?
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Queen Elizabeth lands magazine cover
LONDON (AP) — Britain’s 90-year-old Queen Elizabeth II is a Vanity Fair cover star, in a portrait by photographer Annie Leibovitz.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Woman pulls casket for miles for mental health awareness
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A woman is walking 80 miles while pulling a casket from her home to the state capitol to raise awareness of mental health issues, including suicide and addiction.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Hawaii: Exploring the sea cliffs and sad stories of Molokai
MOLOKAI, Hawaii (AP) — A visit to the island of Molokai offers a window on a unique and tragic chapter of Hawaiian history. For about a century beginning in 1866, some 8,000 individuals afflicted with leprosy were quarantined to live out their lives on the remote Kalaupapa Peninsula on Molokai's northern shores. Their stories are told at Kalaupapa National Historical Park.
Saturday, May 28, 2016

Domestic violence accusations often leave permanent damage
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fans can be deeply forgiving, willing to look past their favorite star's terrible drug addiction, ugly custody battle or ignorant remarks. But accusations of domestic violence often leave a lasting impression on a celebrity's image. Chris Brown may be winning Grammys, but nobody's forgotten what happened with Rihanna.
Saturday, May 28, 2016

Memorable words from the Nat'l. Spelling Bee
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Here are some memorable words and definitions from the final rounds of the 89th Scripps National Spelling Bee. Biological terms were particularly challenging, and shorter words often present a greater challenge than longer ones, which are made up of roots that spellers can piece together.
Friday, May 27, 2016

Dr. Beach names Hawaii's Hanauma Bay best beach in America
HONOLULU (AP) — When you come upon an ocean bay that has features known as “Toilet Bowl” and “Witch’s Brew,” you may not envision a welcoming tropical oasis. But Hawaii’s Hanauma Bay, nestled inside a breeched volcanic cone on the southeastern shore of Oahu, has some of the state’s calmest waters, most pristine beaches and world-renowned snorkeling over coral reefs that teem with colorful fish.
Thursday, May 26, 2016

Agency to review tribe's request to kill bald eagles for religious purposes
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has received an application but has not yet made a decision about granting a permit to a Wyoming Indian tribe that wants to kill bald eagles for religious purposes, a spokesman says.
Thursday, May 26, 2016

Road-trip apps to make the miles fly by
TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — Hitting the road this summer? Forget Yelp and those hotel booking apps — they’re useful, but boring. Instead, pack along these apps to liven things up along the way. You might even learn something.
Thursday, May 26, 2016

Morel hunting heats up in wake of northwest fires
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — From flames come fungi.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Ex-spellers stay in involved with National Bee
WASHINGTON (AP) — Like an ex-jock who wants to stay involved in his sport, Jacob Williamson has taken on many roles in the two years since his memorable run to the finals at the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Monday, May 23, 2016

Sunday Breakfast Simply
Memorial Day weekend is almost upon us, and if you are like me, you have a crowd coming to celebrate. I love to feed large gatherings, but breakfast always seems hit or miss. In my family now we have babies who wake their parents at dawn; older adults who sleep in after years of being the ones who rose early; and just about every possible scenario in between.
Saturday, May 21, 2016

Pfizer says it's blocking use of drugs for lethal injections
AP — Pharmaceutical company Pfizer said Friday it was blocking use of its drugs in lethal injections, which means all federally approved drugmakers whose medications could be used for executions have now put them off limits.
Saturday, May 14, 2016

A Napa Valley gathering within your reach
If the thought of throwing a gala tends to leave you feeling frazzled, you might do well to take a lesson from top Napa Valley winemakers, who know a thing or two about slowing down and enjoying the good things in life — in style.
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Restaurant owner in Idaho potato country writes ode to fries
NEW YORK (AP) — Fried or baked, sprinkled with truffle oil or flavored with crumbled herbs, french fries are an enduring dish, fancied up or served the simple way around the globe.
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Baggage moving at Phoenix airport a day after massive delay
PHOENIX (AP) — Bags jammed a parking lot at the Phoenix airport as they waited to be shipped by ground to other cities for safety checks, among thousands that missed their flights because of problems with the federal system that screens luggage for explosives.
Saturday, May 14, 2016

New statue celebrates park designer Frederick Law Olmsted
(AP) — If you've visited parks in New York, Boston or many other places around the U.S., you've probably experienced the landscapes of Frederick Law Olmsted. Olmsted designed hundreds of parks, gardens and other public spaces, including Manhattan's Central Park, Boston's "Emerald Necklace," the grounds of the U.S. Capitol in Washington and California's Stanford University campus.
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Designed to inspire wounded soldiers
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Invictus Games closed four days of inspirational athletic performances in spectacular fashion Thursday night in Orlando.
Friday, May 13, 2016

Amputee from 9/11 attack wins 7 medals at Invictus Games in Orlando
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Sarah Rudder was on the verge of a key promotion in the U.S. Marines on Sept. 11, 2001, when the terrorist attacks struck and eventually left her without a leg.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Saturday, May 7, 2016

A Devilishly Good Treat!
Is it possible to make a homemade appetizer in just 5 minutes? I think so, if you use hard-cooked whole peeled eggs -- widely available in grocery store dairy cases across the country. These cooked eggs help you make a summertime favorite, deviled eggs, in a matter of minutes.
Saturday, May 7, 2016

Dana Thomas House: Two musical evenings in one historic home
SPRINGFIELD – The Dana-Thomas House State Historic Site welcomes rising young folk singer Ben Bedford on May 26 and 27 for concerts in a gorgeous space designed especially for music by architectural genius Frank Lloyd Wright.
Saturday, May 7, 2016

Emma, Noah continue as top baby names
WASHINGTON (AP) — When it comes to baby names, Emma and Noah reign supreme.

And don't name your daughter Isis.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Shipping containers offer welcoming homes for many
PHOENIX (AP) — A stack of shipping containers sitting in a lot in an industrial section of Phoenix has some developers thinking inside the box.
Friday, May 6, 2016

It's Star Wars Day: May the 4th be with you
(AP) — It’s not a national holiday, yet it might be an intergalactic one.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Tennis-ball sized diamond could fetch $70 million
LONDON (AP) — It’s a rock for the ages.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

All four grays in Saturday's Derby have a chance
(AP) — The 142nd Kentucky Derby is showing its age, in a gray kind of way.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Touring sites from London's punk rock scene, 40 years later
LONDON (AP) — The Sex Pistols and The Clash led the British punk rock revolution in the steamy summer of 1976. London is marking 40 years since that summer with a series of events, gigs and exhibits this year.
Saturday, April 30, 2016

NJ Weedman: Officials 'exaggerated big-time' in pot charges
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey marijuana advocate dubbed NJ Weedman says authorities "exaggerated big-time" in charging him with distributing pot from his restaurant and cannabis church.
Friday, April 29, 2016

Ohio schools close over video threatening American students
ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — An anonymous video threatening the safety of “American students” posted to a location-based social media app group connected to Ohio University prompted heightened security on the campus and closed six area school districts Friday.
Friday, April 29, 2016

Prescription drugs found with Prince at death scene
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prescription drugs were discovered with Prince when he was found dead in his Paisley Park home in suburban Minneapolis, several news organizations reported Thursday.
Thursday, April 28, 2016

McNugget Makeover? McDonald's tests 'simpler' recipe
NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald’s wants to take some of the mystery ingredients out of Chicken McNuggets.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Taylorville Native Lori Lytle Coleman Is
TAYLORVILLE — Sir Edmund Hillary once said “It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” One such Taylorville native is conquering mountains and moving rocks these days.
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Mini Therapists
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Travel America: Art and entertainment engage families in Atlanta
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta's High Museum of Art is inviting visitors into a colorful world populated by playful animals and imaginative children.
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Kitchen Scoop
The price of salmon is expected to be high this year, but if you find a good bargain anytime, buy it andcook the whole thing right away, then freeze the leftovers for great, fast meals down the road.
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Can dogs heal veterans with PTSD? Jury still out
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Army veteran Joe Aguirre opens a restaurant door, then steps aside to let his golden retriever take point. "Clear," Aguirre commands, and 3-year-old Munger pivots right, left, then right again, sweeping the room for potential threats.
Friday, April 22, 2016

Queen has reached many milestones in her life
LONDON (AP) — Today Queen Elizabeth II became the first British monarch to reach the age of 90. It’s just one of many milestones the queen has marked in her nine decades. Here’s a look at some other numbers regarding Britain’s queen:
Thursday, April 21, 2016

Queen Elizabeth II at 90: A look at the highs, lows of her reign
LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II marks her 90th birthday on Thursday as Britons and many throughout the world celebrate her long and dignified reign. She will celebrate again in June with national events to mark her official birthday.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Birthplace marks 400 years since Shakespeare died
STRATFORD-UPON-AVON, England (AP) — “All the world’s a stage,” wrote William Shakespeare, who died 400 years ago this week. But he played out much of his life in one small English market town: Stratford-upon-Avon.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Fred Hayman dies in Malibu, age 90
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fred Hayman, the dapper entrepreneur whose vision transformed a nondescript Southern California street into one of the world’s pre-eminent fashion districts, earning him the sobriquet “Godfather of Rodeo Drive,” has died at age 90.
Friday, April 15, 2016

Hickory Farms founder dies
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio businessman who started specialty food company Hickory Farms that sells sausage sticks and cheese trays has died. Richard Ransom was 96.
Friday, April 15, 2016

Duke and Duchess safari focuses on conservation
KAZIRANGA NATIONAL PARK, India (AP) — After a night of traditional music and dance, The Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge, headed out in a jeep Wednesday morning into the wilds of remote northeast India for a wildlife safari to see rhinos, elephants and more.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Businesses that share the Trump name get swept up in the circus
NEW YORK (AP) — It’s not easy being Trump these days. Just ask the people at Trump Tobacco in California, Trump Travel in New York, Trump Memorials in Nebraska and Trump Chiropractic & Acupuncture in Kansas.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

90-year-old has no plans to leave job she's had for 70 years
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Talk about a loyal employee: Elena Griffing has just celebrated her 70th year working for the same San Francisco Bay Area hospital, and she has no plans to retire anytime soon.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Goodbye, Lake Wobegon: 'Prairie Home' is getting a new host
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — No more Guy Noir, Private Eye. No more tales of Dusty and Lefty, the luckless cowboys. And no more weekly "News From Lake Wobegon," the imaginary Minnesota town famous for strong women, good-looking men and above-average children.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

SpaceX delivers world's 1st inflatable room for astronauts
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX has made good on a high-priority delivery: the world’s first inflatable room for astronauts.
Monday, April 11, 2016

Illinois mayor takes civics lesson to the classroom
LASALLE, Ill. (AP) — Mayor Jeff Grove explained La Salle government recently to 16 students in Jaicyln Brown’s eighth-grade American history class at Trinity Catholic Academy.
Thursday, April 7, 2016

Wobble cushions, bean bags and exercise balls replace classroom seating
MORRISON, Ill. (AP) — Northside Elementary School second-grader Maya Decker bounced gleefully on an exercise ball. P.E.? Negative. This is how Chelsea Stuart’s students roll. And sit, bounce, recline and lie down.
Thursday, April 7, 2016

'Manspreading' illustrated: Exhibit studies subway etiquette
NEW YORK (AP) — “Manspreading” is an indelicate new term to describe how some male subway riders deprive other passengers of a seat. But seat-hogging is just one of many inconsiderate behaviors that have been the bane of commuters at least as far back as the 1940s in transit systems across the globe.
Friday, April 1, 2016

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