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Ex-spellers stay in involved with National Bee
FILE - In this May 29, 2014 file photo, Jacob Williamson of Cape Coral, Fla., reacts after correctly spelling his word
FILE - In this May 29, 2014 file photo, Jacob Williamson of Cape Coral, Fla., reacts after correctly spelling his word "harlequinade", during the semifinals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md. The Scripps National Spelling Bee has a profound influence on the lives of many young people who participate.
AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File
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

Anderson Jewelers

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

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

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