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'Keep On Loving You:' REO Speedwagon coming to Effingham Nov. 16
EFFINGHAM, Ill. — Rock legends REO Speedwagon, Styx, along with very special guest star Don Felder recently wrapped up their successful coast-to-coast “United We Rock” U.S. summer tour. However, REO isn’t finished rocking in 2017, as the band has announced a busy fall run of headlining tour dates. REO Speedwagon’s fans  should get ready for a night of great tunes, featuring the band’s massive hit singles, such as “Keep on Loving You,” “Take It on the Run,” “Can’t Fight This Feeling,” and more, as the band is coming to Effingham Performance Center on November 16.
Thursday, October 12, 2017


'Fire Road' adds napalm girl's voice to famous photo
(AP) — In many ways, Kim Phuc has never left Route 1 in Vietnam, the highway where Associated Press photographer Nick Ut captured her running on June 8, 1972.
Saturday, October 14, 2017

'Spooktacular' at Lincoln Library features haunted exhibits, storytelling, games
SPRINGFIELD — Creepy characters will take over the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum on Oct. 21 for the annual “Spooktacular Evening with Abe,” a night of games, stories and costumes to welcome the Halloween season.
Thursday, October 12, 2017

A Southern Illinois tradition: Fort Massac Encampment October 21-22
METROPOLIS, Ill. — Fort Massac State Park in Metropolis hosts one of Illinois’ most popular fall festivals when the annual Fort Massac Encampment is held at the park the weekend of Oct. 21-22.
Thursday, October 12, 2017

The Songs of Woody Guthrie and the Dust Bowl at Music at The Museum
SPRINGFIELD — Historian/songwriter/guitarist Bucky Halker will perform songs of Woody Guthrie, the dust bowl and the Labor movement at the Music At The Museum Concert Series Thursday October 12th at the Illinois State Museum Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. He’s been called the “The living heir of Woody Guthrie” whose music is said to “conjures up the passionate fire of John Steinbeck.”
Thursday, October 12, 2017

King Neptune brings classic Piedmont style Blues to Hickory Ridge concert
LEWISTOWN, Ill. — Blues Master King Neptune (Chris Buchanan) will bring classic Piedmont style Blues to the Hickory Ridge Concert Series on Saturday, October 21st at 7:00 p.m. in the Dickson Mounds Museum auditorium outside of Lewistown, Ill. Performing on guitar and voice, he’ll be playing the music from the golden age of acoustic blues- folks like Blind Blake, Memphis Minnie, Bessie Smith with a bit of early Jazz thrown in for fun.
Thursday, October 12, 2017

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Leon Russell's final album a highlight
(AP) — Leon Russell’s final album, “On a Distant Shore,” is a career highlight recorded over his last living year and released 10 months after his November 2016 passing.
Thursday, October 12, 2017

Garfunkel reveals thoughts in new book
(AP) — Art Garfunkel once envisioned a simple life as a mathematics teacher. He earned a master's degree and was well on his way to becoming a Ph.D. That plan was derailed when he and Paul Simon became famous as the folk-rock duo Simon & Garfunkel.
Thursday, October 12, 2017

In 'Marshall,' a young Thurgood in Connecticut
(AP) — Thurgood Marshall, a titan of 20th-century law and a civil rights pioneer, has until now largely eluded Hollywood’s notice. Despite its title, “Marshall,” too, is wary of taking on the Supreme Court justice in full, sticking to a minor case from Marshall’s early career as counsel for the NAACP. That makes, for better and worse, a sometimes slight, sometimes serious courtroom drama, shot through with bright certainty in the coming triumphs for Marshall and the civil rights movement. It’s a superhero-style origin story: Thurgood, pre-“Brown v. Board of Education,” pre-black robe. 
Thursday, October 12, 2017

Kings' 'Sleeping beauties' lacks intensity

"Sleeping Beauties" (Scribner), by Stephen and Owen King

(AP) — Of all the gifts a father can give his son, near the top must be a co-written novel. After all, slapping the name Stephen King on the cover pretty much guarantees a best-seller.


Thursday, October 5, 2017

Campbell & Williams show rootsy range

Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams, “Contraband Love” (Red House Records)

(AP) — Master multi-instrumentalist Larry Campbell is a restless soul, and onstage he alternates from guitar to mandolin to fiddle to pedal steel, sometimes switching during songs. 


Thursday, October 5, 2017

'The Florida Project' is an exquisite heartbreaker
(AP) — Not too far from the gates of the Walt Disney World Resort, where families are promised “enchanted escapes” and “fun” and “magic” and where day tickets start at a cool $99 a person, is a discount motel off a busy street called The Magic Castle.
Thursday, October 5, 2017

Valerie Harper balances comedy and grief in 'My Mom and the Girl'

By Nick Thomas

Tinseltown Talks 

HOLLYWOOD — Off-screen, Valerie Harper has been an inspiration to many following her optimistic defiance to her well-publicized life-threatening medical diagnosis in 2013. The star of the hit 70s TV series “Rhoda” now brings her indomitable spirit to the big screen to hearten families dealing with Alzheimer's disease. 


Thursday, October 5, 2017

Brokeback's Annie Proulx to receive nat'l award
NEW YORK (AP) — The Pulitzer Prize and numerous other awards didn’t prepare Annie Proulx for her latest honor: a National Book Award medal for lifetime achievement.
Thursday, September 21, 2017

October First Friday Gallery Walk in Downtown Decatur set for Oct. 6
 DECATUR — The First Friday Gallery Walk for October will take place on Friday, October 6 from 5-7:30 p.m. in downtown Decatur.
Thursday, September 21, 2017

View more than 30 rooms in the Teutopolis Monastery Museum Oct. 1
TEUTOPOLIS – Visitors can view more than 30 rooms of the Teutopolis Monastery Museum on Sunday, Oct. 1.
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Looking beyond Cahokia Mounds at Rock Springs Nature Center Sept. 30
DECATUR — Explore Native American settlements at Rock Springs Nature Center during “Beyond Cahokia Mounds: A Look at the Rest of Central Illinois” on Saturday, September 30 at 2 p.m.
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Millikin-Decatur Symphony opens season with 'Masterworks' performance
DECATUR, Ill. — The Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra (MDSO) will kick off its 2017-2018 performance season with an opening night concert "Inspired by Shakespeare" on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. in Kirkland Fine Arts Center on Millikin University's campus.
Thursday, September 21, 2017

History comes alive this weekend at Decatur's Governor Oglesby mansion
DECATUR — In the antebellum South, a peculiar and distinctive culture of honor developed. Men were expected to act in a certain manner, to tolerate no insults. That culture, which was tied to slavery as an institution, had a unique and significant effect on American politics in the years preceding the Civil War. For Northern politicians like Abraham Lincoln and Richard Oglesby, the honor culture complicated efforts to find a solution to the slavery controversy.
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Rushdie crafts modern masterpiece in 'The Golden House'
(AP) — If you read a lot of fiction, you know that every once in a while you stumble upon a book that transports you, telling a story full of wonder and leaving you marveling at how it ever came out of the author's head.
Saturday, September 16, 2017

ZZ Ward has some great big talent

ZZ Ward, "The Storm" (Hollywood Records)

(AP) — You'll hardly find ZZ Ward described the same way twice. Bluesy, pop-inflected, drawing from the deep well of R&B, indebted to hip-hop, folky, alternative indie and rocker — take your pick and you'll be right every time because all are part of Ward's influences and style.


Thursday, September 7, 2017

Book: Julia Keller tackles small-town heroin crisis in 24-hours

"Fast Falls the Night" (Minotaur) by Julia Keller

(AP) — An ongoing theme in Julia Keller's superior series about Raythune County prosecutor Bell Elkins is how these West Virginia residents maneuver when jobs are scarce but drugs have overrun the area. Hope, though often in short supply, is the only thing to which they can cling.


Thursday, September 7, 2017

John Steinbeck stepdaughter wins $13 million in lawsuit over movie rights
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal jury awarded John Steinbeck’s stepdaughter more than $13 million in a lawsuit claiming the author’s son and daughter-in-law impeded film adaptations of his classic works.
Thursday, September 7, 2017

Grafton's alphabet series appears to be near its end
(AP) — "Y is for Yesterday" is Sue Grafton's projected penultimate novel in her alphabet series about intrepid California private investigator Kinsey Millhone. And if the series does end with "Z' ‚Äî and there's no reason to believe that it won't be the finale ‚Äî it's going out with even deeper plots and more intense characterizations than when it debuted 35 years ago. Despite clocking in at 496 pages, "Y is for Yesterday" briskly moves Kinsey's story forward.
Saturday, September 2, 2017

Christian County Historical Society preparing for 'Prairie Days' Sept. 9-10
TAYLORVILLE — Go back in time and don't miss out on the Christian County Historical Society’s Prairie Days September 9-10 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. each day. Enjoy period demonstrators, artisans and vendors. The weekend will be rounded out with live music featured on the main stage including the Paul Moma Band, Danny Russell, Fred Dubay, and the Hood Family Band. Guests will also enjoy taking tours of the historical buildings and a fashion show featuring clothing styles of the Prairie Days.
Thursday, August 31, 2017

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Willie Nile's 'Positively Bob' rollicking
(AP) — There are some analogies between Willie Nile and Bob Dylan, like their early career moves to Greenwich Village, extended layoffs (Dylan's motorcycle accident, Nile's record company torments) and decades of excellent songwriting.
Thursday, August 31, 2017

Historical thriller takes reader back to turbulent era
(AP) — An engineer from Oslo attempts to disrupt the Nazi war machine at the height of World War II in "The Saboteur," the latest historical thriller by Andrew Gross.
Thursday, August 31, 2017

Film review: Noomi Rapace proves quite deadly in formulaic 'Unlocked'
(AP) — There’s been a lot of talk about who should be the next James Bond after Daniel Craig puts aside his shaken martini. Orlando Bloom? Idris Elba? Damian Lewis? After watching the formulaic spy thriller “Unlocked,” might we suggest Noomi Rapace?
Thursday, August 31, 2017

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Saturday, August 26, 2017

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Head to Mt. Auburn this weekend for live music, carnival and concessions
MT. AUBURN — The 131st Annual Mt. Auburn Farmer’s Picnic begins on Thursday, August 24, and lasts through Saturday, August 26. The theme of the picnic is “A Great Place to Live.” All three days will be packed with events, including:
Thursday, August 24, 2017

Western brand and Chinese characteristics meet up at Club Med in Guilin
GUILIN, China (AP) — After 10 days of crisscrossing southwestern China by high-speed train with two young children in tow, exploring minority villages amid rugged scenery and often sleeping in grimy hotels, it was time for a break.
Thursday, August 24, 2017

Your personal travel coach: Meet travel blogger Nomadic Matt Kepnes
NEW YORK (AP) — Matt Kepnes had a desk job in health care with two weeks’ vacation a year when he took a solo trip to Costa Rica and “fell in love with travel.” The next year he went to Thailand and “met five backpackers who were living my dream.”
Thursday, August 24, 2017

Music: Bedouine's debut is hushed and haunted
(AP) — Bedouine is Azniv Korkejian's alias and the title of her debut. It's a hushed, haunted, delicate wonder — a collection evoking 1970s singer-songwriters which pairs her thoughtful words with unfussy arrangements.
Thursday, August 24, 2017

Books: 'A Stranger in the House' has strong plot
(AP) — In her second thriller, Shari Lapena poses the question: How well do you know your spouse? It's not exactly a new story device, but Lapena's fresh approach makes it seem original in "A Stranger in the House."
Thursday, August 24, 2017

Film review: 'Hitman's Bodyguard' a fun, action-packed escape
(AP) — There's not a whole lot that's new about "The Hitman's Bodyguard ." Its mismatched-pals premise is the stuff of classic buddy comedies. Stars Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson play their typical character types: Reynolds the handsome do-gooder; Jackson the unflappable badass whose favorite word is mother(expletive). And like many movie heroes past, they're tasked with taking down a brutal dictator.
Thursday, August 24, 2017

Book tells story of Yellowstone Nat'l Park
(AP) — John Clayton explores the vast historical and cultural history of one of the most popular national parks to uncover why Yellowstone is so beloved in "Wonderlandscape: Yellowstone National Park and the Evolution of an American Cultural Icon."
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Karin Slaughter's 'Good Daughter' has solid plot
(AP) — Each Quinn sister, in her own way, tries to be the good daughter but neither of these complicated, often prickly, women has come to terms with the horrific crime that changed their lives in Karin Slaughter's excellent stand-alone novel, "The Good Daughter."
Saturday, August 19, 2017

Unplugged on the Prairie feature 12 hours of progressive bluegrass and more
CARLINVILLE — SamJam, Unplugged on the Prairie, will bring twelve hours of progressive bluegrass, American, and roots music to the Macoupin County Fairgrounds Saturday, September 16. Held from noon to midnight, the event will also offer food, beverages, craft beer selection, winery, Caribbean cruise raffle and a raffle tub auction.
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Chicago folk duo 'Blind Hills' at Hickory Ridge
DICKSON MOUNDS — The Hickory Ridge Concert Series welcomes the Chicago folk duo Blind Hills to their stage on Saturday, August the 19th at 7;00 PM in the auditorium of the Dickson Mounds Museum. Blind Hills is the acoustic duo of Chuck VanderVennet and Diccon Lee. Whether inviting audiences to sing along with a much loved folk song or introducing them to a new original musical journey, Blind Hills entertains with songs that touch the heart.
Thursday, August 17, 2017

"Face to Face" Art by Gene Tanta at Anne Lloyd Gallery in September
DECATUR — Decatur Area Arts Council announces the September 2017 exhibit in the Anne Lloyd Gallery at the Madden Arts Center, 125 N. Water St. in downtown Decatur. Entitled “Face to Face,” the exhibit features the art of Gene Tanta.
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Die another day: Daniel Craig, back as Bond, is keeping 007 fans on edge
NEW YORK (AP) — Daniel Craig’s 007-era will die another day.

After months of gossip and denials, Craig on Tuesday night confirmed to Stephen Colbert on the “Late Show” that he will indeed return for another James Bond movie. The yet-titled film is due out November 2019.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Music: Back from the past, TLC still sounds great on new CD
(AP) — TLC, the iconic '90s-era girl group, is back after 15 years away and these women are clearly not wasting anymore time. "We don't need no introduction," they boast on the first song of their new self-titled CD. "No, we don't need no instructions/We already paved the way."
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Review: 'The Quiet Child' by John Burley is engrossing novel
(AP) — "The Quiet Child" is 6-year-old Danny McCray, who is indeed quiet. He doesn't speak, though doctors have said he can but has "elective mutism." Danny's presence is often disconcerting to the residents of Cottonwood, California, where he is "a ghost child, a quiet child the townspeople referred only to in whispers." They blame him for bringing whatever ails the town.
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Film review: Soderbergh's 'Logan Lucky' is sure to put a smile on your face
(AP) — "Logan Lucky " is an easy movie to like, but maybe not love.

In his big return to film after a four-year hiatus (or retirement, if it can even be called that now), Steven Soderbergh has created a sort of cinematic bingo of his well of tricks. Heist movie? Check. Channing Tatum? Check. Not so subtle metaphors slipped in to genre stories about the state of the working class man? Check. Dopey but reliable sidekick brothers? Check, check, check.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Main character of 'Lost Ones' makes novel work

(AP) — Vancouver research assistant/receptionist Nora Watts technically isn't a detective — though she works for a private investigating firm — but her skills at finding people and detecting liars is almost peerless. She also barely holds her life together. She lives, unknown to her bosses, in the firm's basement with Whisper, her rescue dog and her one "lifeline" to humanity. Whisper brought to Nora's life "a kind of fullness and peace" that was missing.

 

Friday, August 11, 2017

Metallica guitarist's monster movie posters go up on display
SALEM, Mass. (AP) — Kirk Hammett may be known best as the guitarist whose deafening solos have come to define the band Metallica. But a new exhibit is showcasing a different side of the rocker, his passion for sci-fi and horror films.
Friday, August 11, 2017

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

State Fair kicks off tonight with Twilight Parade followed by Foghat concert
SPRINGFIELD — In keeping with the 2017 Illinois State Fair theme, Manager Kevin Gordon announced today that the Vose Family, the Cullers Family and Coleman Family will serve as the Grand Marshals of the 2017 Illinois State Fair Twilight Parade. Combined, the families have been a member of the State Fair family for 176 years.
Thursday, August 10, 2017

"Paradise Valley" by C.J. Box is taut, suspenseful
(AP) — "Paradise Valley" reaches the same level of frightening realism that made C.J. Box's "The Highway" so terrifying. A sequel to that novel, "Paradise Valley," makes an excellent conclusion to Box's gripping The Highway Quartet novels that have evolved into a hunt for a serial killer who works as a long-haul trucker.
Thursday, August 10, 2017

'Ingrid Goes West' looks at social media's dark side
(AP) — Quick, what's more important: social media or real life?

For the title character in "Ingrid Goes West ," there is no question, and perhaps no distinction.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

6 facts about watermelons
Watermelons provide cooling, juicy refreshment during the warm days of summer. But while they're most associated with summer, watermelons can typically be found in grocery stores year-round. Watermelons are members of the cucurbitaceae family, which includes other gourds, such as pumpkin, squash and cucumber.
Saturday, August 5, 2017

Connelly cements reputation as master of crime fiction
(AP) — Michael Connelly leaves the world of Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller to start a new series featuring Detective Renee Ballard, a strong-willed woman forced into the grinding night shift.
Saturday, August 5, 2017

Estefan, Lear among Kennedy Center honorees
WASHINGTON (AP) — This year’s Kennedy Center honorees will include two singers, a television writer, a dancer - and for the first time, a hip-hop artist.
Thursday, August 3, 2017

Lost for decades, Chris Robinson's horror thriller 'The Intruder' resurfaces
HOLLYWOOD — Harry Guerro couldn’t believe his good fortune after making the 3,000-mile journey from New Jersey to the West coast in late 2012, and unearthing a 35 mm print of the 1975 horror thriller, “The Intruder,” featuring a cast of Hollywood legends.
Thursday, August 3, 2017

Lincoln Library offers All-American picnic, fun and games, August 19
SPRINGFIELD – The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will celebrate America’s pastime August 19 with an All-American Picnic featuring baseball-themed crafts, demonstrations of the game as it was played in its earliest days and a screening of the classic “Field of Dreams.”
Thursday, August 3, 2017

Chicago blues duo featured on harmonica, guitar at 'Blues at the Museum'
SPRINGFIELD — The Music at the Museum Concert series welcomes renowned Chicago Blues duo Felisko and Noden Thursday, August the 10th, at 7:00 pm. Felisko and Noden are expert practitioners of harmonica and guitar styles that defined the blues in its earliest days but are now all too rarely heard. They are also world class players and showmen.
Thursday, August 3, 2017

Lincoln Log Cabin Historic Site hosts portrayal of Mary Lincoln August 5
LERNA, Ill. — At the Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site on Saturday, August 5 at 2:00 p.m., Jessica Michna will present a first-person portrayal of Mary Lincoln as she recalls her early years and education in Lexington, Kentucky. Ms. Michna's performance will take place in the site’s visitor center auditorium, and is free and open to the public.
Thursday, August 3, 2017

Music: Isley Brothers and Santana are 'Power of Peace' advocates
Ronald and Ernie Isley team up with Carlos Santana on the vigorous “Power of Peace,” putting their stamp on mostly spiritually inclined songs from the likes of Marvin Gaye, Billie Holiday, Bacharach & David and Swamp Dogg.
Thursday, August 3, 2017

Atkins delivers engrossing thriller in 'The Fallen'
(AP) — Ace Atkins' novels about Quinn Colson, a former Army Ranger turned sheriff, takes place in Mississippi's rural Tibbehah County, where the largest town is the small Jericho. But Edgar finalist Atkins uses this as a microcosm of the world in "The Fallen."
Thursday, August 3, 2017

Film Review: In 'Wind River' grief blankets a Wyoming reservation
(AP) — For Taylor Sheridan, the West is still alive with frontier tragedies and genre thrills, even if hopelessness has moved in and blanketed the land.
Thursday, August 3, 2017

'Ancient Brews' reveals tasty history of alcohol

"Ancient Brews: Rediscovered & Re-created" (W.W. Norton & Co.), by Patrick E. McGovern

(AP) — It's easy to find cold brews on summer days, but here's a twist: a journey back to the alcoholic beverages that people drank thousands of years ago.


Saturday, July 29, 2017

What's in your rum?
URBANA, Ill. — Aficionados use words like “oaky” to describe some wines, or “hoppy” when talking about certain beers. But for rum—a product with over 1,000 different varieties—putting the words together to describe what imbibers are smelling and tasting is a bit more difficult.
Saturday, July 29, 2017

TAKING THE CAKE OUT OF FISH CAKES
When my family and I lived in Denmark, a favorite outing was to our local harbor, where the fish market sold fish cakes, or "fiskefrikadeller," created from the daily catches hauled in on the fishing boats. When the fish were filleted, all the extra pieces were reserved for fist-sized fish patties sold by the bagful with containers of remoulade, or tartar sauce, meant to be devoured family-style at the picnic tables perched over the sea. 
Saturday, July 29, 2017

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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Garwood delivers another suspenseful romance with 'Wired'

(AP) — Julie Garwood delivers another suspenseful romance with her new novel, "Wired." Readers will be immersed in a world of digital coding where computer hackers reign as heroes.

 

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Popular Civil War Tech at Lincoln Library offers hands on activities for kids
SPRINGFIELD — It will be a day of dueling ironclads, coded messages and battlefield operations Aug. 5 when the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum presents a back-to-school showcase of its popular Civil War Tech program.
Thursday, July 27, 2017

Litchfield's Live in Library Park features country music singer Josh Stanley
LITCHFIELD, Ill. — Live in Library Park has a big performance coming next week, on Thursday, August 3! This week’s performer will be Joshua Stanley. Joshua will perform on Thursday, August 3 from 6-8 PM in Library Park in Litchfield (400 North State Street).
Thursday, July 27, 2017

APL's Kittenfest this weekend; group looking to find homes for 80 kittens
SPRINGFIELD — The Animal Protective League (APL) is celebrating Kittenfest this weekend, July 28th through July 30th, with approximately 80 kittens looking for their forever homes!
Thursday, July 27, 2017

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Tweedy delivers re-imagining of Wilco
(AP) — With its paradoxical title, "Together at Last" features Wilco songwriter and lead singer Jeff Tweedy all alone with just his acoustic guitar and occasionally a harmonica.
Thursday, July 27, 2017

Books: Mystery abounds in 'Bright Ideas Bookstore'
(AP) — Matthew Sullivan's "Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore" is shocking, charming and thrilling from the opening scene. Lydia Smith, a compassionate bookstore clerk, is horrified one night when she finds her favorite customer, the young Joey Molina, has committed suicide in the Western history section.
Thursday, July 27, 2017

Theron heats up the Cold War in 'Atomic Blonde'
(AP) — People don’t usually move very fast in Cold War thrillers. Mostly, the only time anyone runs is right before they get shot in the back. Most of the “action” happens in a film cabinet, down a back alley or with a silencer. The classic Cold War tale — which is to say a John le Carre one — is characterized by a deathly stillness: grave faces meeting under gray clouds.
Thursday, July 27, 2017

'The Almost Sisters' tests bonds of family & friends
(AP) — "The Almost Sisters" is, at its heart, a story about four generations of family. How author Joshilyn Jackson defines family, however, isn't just by bloodlines and gene pools.
Saturday, July 22, 2017

Route 66 spaceship on display at The Mill on 66 to celebrate 88th birthday
LINCOLN, Ill. — On July 25th, 1929 The Mill officially opened as The Blue Mill, and was painted white with blue trim.
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Upcoming area events include programs on US mail, Vietnam, archaeology
DECATUR — Brent Wielt, of the Macon County Conservation District, will present information about how mail changed in the 1800s and how it affected society, from postcards to letters, flyers, stamps and more. See what was sent and received and how it became the basis of what we still get today.
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Dealing a blow to cancer: Wrestlers in Kincaid organize event for charity
TAYLORVILLE — Jason Willhite spent 16 years on the independent wrestling circuit, where he was known as Jason Wells, the Hardcore Legend.
Thursday, July 20, 2017

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Riveting 'Dunkirk' is not only Christopher Nolan's best, it's the year's best
(AP) — "Dunkirk " is not a typical war movie.
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Amy Silverstein explores friendship in 'My Glory Was I Had Such Friends'
(AP) — Amy Silverstein received a new heart when she was 25 years old, and for the next 26 years she beat the odds, surpassing all expectations for a transplant recipient. Then a single jolt of dizziness warned her that something was terribly wrong; her heart was rapidly giving out.
Thursday, July 20, 2017












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