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  • Jumping for joy

    In the frigid night air, Nicole Carlone and her horse, Savannah, looped the riding arena, it was plain to see these two were a team. Carlone ...
    Jan. 15, 2015 - 2:32 pm
  • Into the vault — into the past

    This year, the Putnam County Courthouse celebrated its 175th birthday. The courthouse is the oldest continually-operating courthouse in Illi ...
    Jan. 15, 2015 - 2:30 pm
  • The Hall Red Devil super fan

    There are fans, and then there are super fans like Gene Merkel of Arlington.The 1956 Hall High School alumnus has been attending Red Devil v ...
    Jan. 15, 2015 - 2:18 pm
  • Midwest Food Bank gives area food pantries a helping hand

    It started with a dream in 2003. The Midwest Food Bank was created on a farm to help feed area people who were patronizing 10 food pantries ...
    Jan. 15, 2015 - 2:18 pm
  • Bringing pieces of the past to the present

    Some people look forward to retirement — a chance to finally relax from the daily work routine and take it easy. Granville's Ron Bluemer is ...
    Jan. 15, 2015 - 2:25 pm
  • Winter's masterpieces captured

    At a glance, the blanket of snow on the ground or the icicles hanging from the rooftop are clearly just a reminder we living in the Midwest ...
    Jan. 15, 2015 - 2:26 pm