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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

Anderson Jewelers

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

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

Easter Blooms
Saturday, March 26, 2016

Smart Money by Bruce Williams
DEAR BRUCE: What are some of the benefits of an FHA loan? -- Reader
Saturday, March 26, 2016

Kitchen Scoop by Alicia Ross
For spring picnics, large gatherings or just a family meal, you can't beat potato salad as one of the most versatile side dishes imaginable. In fact, my friend and former food editor Debbie Moose of Raleigh, North Carolina, wrote a whole book on this flexible side salad.
Saturday, March 26, 2016

Rainbow-colored bird attracts attention in Vt.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Bird-watchers are flocking to a small town in Vermont hoping to catch a glimpse of the painted bunting, a rare bird described as a “flying rainbow” that normally doesn’t fly north of the Carolinas on the East Coast.
Thursday, March 24, 2016

Bald eaglet emerges from shell high above D.C.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A tiny bald eagle has fully emerged from its shell in a nest high above Washington.
Friday, March 18, 2016

24/7 Meat vending machines cater to Paris shoppers
PARIS (AP) — With their beloved baguette already available 24 hours a day, it seems only logical that Parisians can now get the Bayonne ham and Basque pate that goes so well with the bread from the first meat vending machine installed in the French capital.
Friday, March 18, 2016

A first: Nation's largest St. Pat's parade includes gay groups
NEW YORK (AP) — The nation’s largest St. Patrick’s Day parade kicked off today in New York City, and for the first time in decades, gay activists are not decrying it as an exercise in exclusion.
Thursday, March 17, 2016

Man locked out of house locked up for unpaid fines
ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — Police say a central Pennsylvania man who locked himself out of his house wound up locked up in jail once emergency responders realized he had unpaid court fines.
Monday, March 14, 2016

Taylorville's Bryce Benton talks about his interest and entry into politics
TAYLORVILLE — Former U.S. Senator, Olympia Snowe, once asked the question “What is the purpose of public service? It's to solve problems for the people you represent and certainly in the United States Senate, thinking about your state and thinking about your country as well.” Bryce Benton, former Taylorville native, aspires to make a difference and to continue to lead a life of public service.
Saturday, March 12, 2016

Kitchen Scoop:
I've never seen an Irish Potato Pie except on my grandmother’s dessert table around St. Patrick's Day.
Saturday, March 12, 2016 making Irish parish records available
Going green: inBOSTON (AP) — Just in time for St. Patrick's Day, genealogical research website is making 10 million Catholic parish records from Ireland — some dating to 1655 — available online for free to help people trace their Irish heritage.
Friday, March 11, 2016

Feds seek rules for swims with Hawaii dolphins
WAIANAE, Hawaii (AP) — Allison Alterman likes to swim in the ocean for exercise near her home on Hawaii's Big Island. Sometimes her swimming group will see spinner dolphins gliding or jumping near their course.
Friday, March 11, 2016

'Downton Abbey' finale brings to mind other favorite bygone final episodes
NEW YORK (AP) — Now that we know our "Downton Abbey" friends are (mostly) happy and healthy, we can part with this splendid series satisfied that it has ended in fine fashion.
Monday, March 7, 2016

Crafts: Panama Mola tradition has fans worldwide
(AP) — Molas, a traditional textile craft, are made from layers of colored fabric that are stitched and cut using applique techniques to create patterns and pictures.
Friday, March 4, 2016

President Kennedy's Florida nuke bunker could be shuttered
RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The bunker where President John F. Kennedy would have been whisked if World War III erupted while he vacationed in Florida may face a bigger threat than Soviet missiles ever posed: a battle between its operators and the Port of Palm Beach.
Friday, March 4, 2016

Ride the sky on a 70-story glass slide coming to LA
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Thrill-seekers looking to take their fear of heights to a new level can come to downtown Los Angeles this summer and careen down a clear glass slide atop the tallest building west of the Mississippi.
Thursday, March 3, 2016

One of greatest discoveries in baseball card collecting
LOS ANGELES (AP) — From a crumpled paper bag in a dilapidated house came a baseball-card find of a lifetime. Seven of them actually.
Thursday, March 3, 2016

Astronaut Scott Kelly back from 1-year flight
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Astronaut Scott Kelly returned to Earth today after an unprecedented year in space for NASA, landing in barren Kazakhstan with a Russian cosmonaut who shared his whole space station journey.
Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Tips for cleaning stainless steel
Avoid chlorine bleach or other products containing chloride. Although stainless steel is highly resistant to corrosion, it is not completely impervious. Chlorine products can damage the surface of stainless steel appliances and stain them if the chlorine is left to sit.
Saturday, February 27, 2016

Making A Difference
ATLANTA, Ga. — There is some very important work being done at Blaze Sports America these days. It’s an organization, located in Norcross, Ga., that strives to provide all children and adults with physical disabilities the chance to play sports and live healthy, active lives. Taylorville native, Cindy Frisina, is at the helm. I sat down recently and caught up with her about her work with Blaze Sports and Cerebral Palsy, her family and her life growing up in Taylorville.
Saturday, February 27, 2016

Ideas and products for a primp-perfect bathroom
A well-considered combination of fixtures, lighting and amenities — the kind we often first experience in a really nice hotel.
Saturday, February 27, 2016

Mistakes new homeowners make that attract pests
Spring is house-hunting season and with warmer temperatures and increased rain, it is also the season when pesky creatures can invade homes. Even minor flaws in a new home should not be ignored as they can potentially lead to pest damage.
Saturday, February 27, 2016

Top trends for upgrading your outdoor space
No matter the season or the region, outdoor living is hot. As spring approaches, here are six of the top trends that will influence the look, feel and function of outdoor spaces in 2016.
Saturday, February 27, 2016

Home trends to expect to see in 2016
Metallics and metals are back. Although stainless steel accents in the kitchen have long been popular, the glistening look of metal and metallic shades are back in a big way.
Saturday, February 27, 2016

Try these creative ideas to add order to your home
Making the most of your space - including your walls - is the key to successful organizing. Channel your inner creativity and add chic style to your storage with distressed wooden boxes hung to create artful, cubby shelves or this hanging bulletin board, which uses cleverly stylish clothespins and clips to protect your treasured photos and messages from thumbtack punctures.
Saturday, February 27, 2016

Nature event today for preschoolers
Preschool Peepers: Feed the Animals, February 28
Saturday, February 27, 2016

Book Review: Alison Gaylin delivers stunning story
(AP) —An era in which privacy is becoming a myth and people's lives often are played out in the media, scrutinized for every telling detail, makes a provocative foundation for Alison Gaylin's absorbing "What Remains of Me."
Saturday, February 27, 2016

Grab a rotisserie chicken for a great stew
AP) — Having a trusty fast food strategy is the busy person's key to eating well. When I'm swamped with work, travel, kids' activities (or whatever), I quite simply cannot be trusted to choose the healthy meal over the quick one.
Saturday, February 27, 2016

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Original Beatles recording up for auction
LONDON (AP) — An acetate record cut by the Beatles before the Liverpool band hit stardom is going on auction.
Friday, February 26, 2016

Dowager Duchess of Devonshire collection for sale
LONDON (AP) — Possessions of a poultry-raising aristocrat who ran Britain’s grandest stately home, was friends with John F. Kennedy and adored Elvis Presley are up for sale at Sotheby’s in London.
Friday, February 26, 2016

Thousands line tracks to see famed steam engine
LONDON (AP) — Train-spotters lined the tracks from London to the northern city of York to see a famous steam engine take its inaugural run with passengers after a 4.2 million-pound ($5.8 million) refit.
Friday, February 26, 2016

Spots In Van Gogh Bedroom Replica Going Quickly
CHICAGO (AP) — Availability is tight for a $10 Airbnb rental in Chicago designed to look like a Vincent Van Gogh masterpiece.
Thursday, February 25, 2016

Leaping dogs take the meaning of Leap Year to a completely new level
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Shayna, a Labrador retriever in Holiday, Florida, had taken the same leap several times and had fun swimming. So she got a running start and sailed over the canal wall, only to learn it was low tide and she was going to end up on a bed of sharp oyster shells.
Thursday, February 25, 2016

Essentials: Cowboys, canal walk and steak in Oklahoma City
(AP) — What might be Oklahoma City's best-known attraction is also a reminder of one of its darkest days: the Oklahoma National Memorial & Museum. The site honors the 168 people who died and hundreds more who were injured when the Alfred P. Murrah Building was bombed in 1995.
Saturday, February 20, 2016

Do special occasions right with have-it-your-way doughnuts
(AP) — Most everybody loves fresh, warm doughnuts. But most everybody doesn't love the hassle of making those fresh, warm doughnuts. It's a messy process that involves making a dough that can be temperamental. Who has time for that?
Saturday, February 20, 2016

'Mockingbird' author Harper Lee has died at 89
NEW YORK (AP) — Harper Lee, the elusive novelist whose child’s-eye view of racial injustice in a small Southern town, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” became standard reading for millions of young people and an Oscar-winning film, has died. She was 89.
Friday, February 19, 2016

TMH provides healthy tips to Hickory Estate residents
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Memorial Hospital’s, Peg Chapman, RN, BSN, Infection Control/Employee Health Nurse, spoke to residents at Hickory Estates of Taylorville about ways to keep healthy.
Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Local author and illustrator tell kids they "don't have to be afraid"
TAYLORVILLE — God Is Bigger is a book for children and adults that speaks the truth about fear. The reader walks through various scenarios that often inspire fear but is constantly reminded that "You are bigger because God is bigger, so you don't have to be afraid."
Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Space tourism projects at a glance
(AP) — Virgin Galactic later this month in Mojave, California, is preparing to roll out its new SpaceShipTwo, a vehicle the company hopes will one day take tourists to the edge of space. It comes roughly 15 1/2 months since an earlier incarnation was destroyed in a test flight, killing one of the pilots.
Monday, February 15, 2016

Why we do it this way
Who in the world, one of my friends asked, could ever have come up with such a ridiculous way to nominate a president?
Saturday, February 13, 2016

CNB Donates To Kincaid Flood Victims


Saturday, February 13, 2016

Local Couple To Take A Spin On The Wheel
TAYLORVILLE — “Wheel...Of...Fortune!” Every weeknight, television viewers all across the country are greeted by the familiar audience chant that marks the beginning of the popular television show of the same name.
Saturday, February 13, 2016

Committee seeking donations for camp for area disabled kids
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — The Kids to Camp New Hope Benefit Committee has begun its 2016 fund raising campaign to send developmentally disabled kids from the Taylorville area to a special camp designed especially for them.
Saturday, February 13, 2016

10 fresh takes on easy dinners with a box of pasta
(AP) — On crazy weeknights, sometimes the only thing standing between you and yet another order of takeout... Is a box of pasta.
Saturday, February 13, 2016

Books: 'Find Her' is latest novel by Lisa Gardner
(AP) — Lisa Gardner is the master of the psychological thriller and her latest, "Find Her," focuses as much on the step-by-step methods of solving a case and the turmoil and disruption of the victim trying to adjust after suffering a terrifying ordeal.
Saturday, February 13, 2016

Those Valentine's Day flowers just might be from Kenya
NYAHURURU, Kenya (AP) — This Valentine's Day, there's a good chance your flowers came from Kenya.
Friday, February 12, 2016

Black seamstress Willie Otey Kay legacy on display
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — For generations, any woman who owned a dress made by Willie Otey Kay owned an heirloom, a coveted gem, a treasure beyond price.
Friday, February 12, 2016

Tomi to take a bow at Westminster show; dog saved family of five from fire
NEW YORK (AP) — When Julia Haight leads her prize entry into the Westminster Kennel Club dog show ring Monday, she’ll see a shiba inu who’s athletic, alert and pert.
Thursday, February 11, 2016

TSD tables EPA authorization request from city
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Aldermen Larry Budd and Earl Walters approached the Taylorville Sanitary District on Monday in order to obtain authorization from the district, which would allow the city to move forward with a $3 million sewer overhaul project on the northeast side of town.
Wednesday, February 10, 2016

No action taken at Pana council closed session
PANA — The Pana City Council held their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday evening at 7:00 p.m. at the Pana City Hall.
Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Stonington Legion Auxiliary meets
STONINGTON — The Stonington American Legion Auxiliary Post 257 met in regular session at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, February 8, 2016 with three members present. The meeting was called to order by the Sergeant at Arms at 7:05 p.m. The Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag was given. The minutes of the January meeting were read and approved. The treasurer's report was also given and approved.
Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Big-wave surfers gather in Hawaii for big event
HALEIWA, Hawaii (AP) — "Eddie would go." That's the mantra of the Quicksilver big wave surf competition in memory of Eddie Aikau, a Native Hawaiian surf legend who became famous for riding monster waves and saving hundreds of lives as Waimea Bay's first official lifeguard.
Wednesday, February 10, 2016

No. Ireland's 'Game of Thrones' road painted by mistake
Tourists who flock to Northern Ireland to visit the settings for the hit HBO fantasy series were incensed this week to discover that a road maintenance crew had painted a stark white line down the middle of the Dark Hedges, one of the most eagerly anticipated sights.
Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Leadership group tours Pana hospital and school
TAYLORVILLE – On Wednesday February 3, Participants in the 2016 LEADership Academy learned about Healthcare and Education in Pana.
Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Seventy Participate In Tiny Tornado Dance Clinic
Monday, February 8, 2016

Grand jury indicts due accused of Southern jewelry robberies
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors say a woman and man accused of robbing jewelry stores across the South have been indicted by a federal grand jury in northern Florida.
Monday, February 8, 2016

WWII vet to reunite with wartime girlfriend
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A World War II veteran has embarked on a 10,500-mile journey to visit his wartime girlfriend after more than 70 years apart.
Monday, February 8, 2016

5 places in L.A. to soak up Oscars vibes
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's Oscar season in Los Angeles. With the 88th annual Academy Awards scheduled for Feb. 28, here are five places in L.A. to soak up those glitzy Oscars vibes and maybe even run into one of the nominees.
Saturday, February 6, 2016

Don't just dip. For serious Super Bowl comfort food, hot dip
(AP) — Hosting a horde of fans for the Super Bowl? Or are you crashing somebody's party and tasked with bringing something delicious? Either way, you could spend a lot of time thinking about what to prepare. Or you could just make this and know beyond any doubt that you had picked a crowd-pleaser.
Saturday, February 6, 2016

Ape at Utah zoo predicts Panthers to win Super Bowl Sunday
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An ape at the Salt Lake City zoo has predicted the Carolina Panthers will win the Super Bowl.
Friday, February 5, 2016

Woman, 82, tracks down 96-year-old birth mother
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Eighty-two years after she was born to a teenage girl and put up for adoption, Betty Morrell finally has met her 96-year-old birth mother, thanks to the dogged persistence of her granddaughter during 20 years of searching.
Friday, February 5, 2016

Historic ocean liner could be turned into luxury cruise ship at cost of $700M
NEW YORK (AP) — An ocean liner bigger than the Titanic that once carried celebrities across the Atlantic at record speeds may one day sail again.
Thursday, February 4, 2016

Video shows only known jaguar roaming wild in US
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The only known wild jaguar in the United States is seen roaming around a creek and other parts of a mountain range in southern Arizona in the first publicly released video of the giant cat.
Thursday, February 4, 2016

Sports Illustrated: swim suit edition to be TV show
NEW YORK (AP) — Sports Illustrated is turning the unveiling of its 2016 top swimsuit model into a television special.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

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