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URBANA, Ill. – Illinois is the prairie state, but don’t think all prairies are the same. While deep-soil, tallgrass prairie dominated much of the landscape, other prairie types found niches, too.

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URBANA, Ill. – With a name befitting the season it blooms, common witch hazel is a fall favorite for Illinois gardeners looking to add a small tree with character to their yard.

URBANA, Ill. – When you think of Halloween, you may think trick-or-treating and fall, but you likely also think pumpkins.

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URBANA, Ill. – Most people think of spring as the ideal planting time for trees and shrubs, but fall offers a nice planting window with some added benefits.


NEW YORK — The pandemic has proven there’s no shortage of games to keep families, couples and kids amused. The classics are ever-present, but a range of new or off-the-beaten-track gift entries are available.


NEW YORK — What has more letters than the alphabet? That’s easy: The post office. That joke — sponsored by the letter A — is a highlight of the first original podcast from “Sesame Street,” featuring music, interactive games and Muppets galore.

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URBANA, Ill. – With their copper-colored wings and shiny metallic green heads, Japanese beetles aren’t hard to see. Illinois Extension Master Gardeners have already reported sightings of these destructive beetles on plants, but help to control these garden nemesis is available.

ATHENS, Texas – People are sick and tired of “staying-in-place.” Even though there are still strict protocols in many areas of the country, one of the ways people are keeping things fun and safe this summer is by renting and buying recreational vehicles.

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The Effingham County Fair board is excited to announce that country music legends Tracy Lawrence and Neal McCoy are coming to the fair this year! The concert will take place at the fairgrounds on Friday, August 7 at 7 p.m. Tickets will go on sale soon: $45 for VIP, $35 for track and $30 for …


Out of an abundance of caution, HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital has regretfully decided to cancel the Butterfly Ball scheduled for March 14. The Butterfly Ball is being rescheduled for fall 2020. In consultation with the Effingham County Health Department, this decision is being made to…

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It is this icky time of year where it seems to either rain, freeze, and then warm back up creating a muddy seepage mess. What is worse than trudging through this?

“These Shining Lives,” a true story about the dangers of radioactive poisoning, will be told by Eastern Illinois University’s Department of Theatre at 7:30 p.m. March 6, 7 and at 2 p.m. March 8 in the Doudna Theatre.

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Neoga High School, under the direction of April Banning, will perform “Godspell” March 19-21, with a free senior matinee on Wednesday, March 18. Tickets are on sale in the NHS office.

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Join Country music legend, “Miss Country Soul,” Jeannie Seely at the Effingham Performance Center in Effingham Friday, March 7, at 7 p.m.

The Fourth Annual Six String Summit, featuring seven of the area’s top guitarists, returns to the Effingham Performance Center at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29. Doors open at 6 p.m. with a free performance of the Sound Source Music student band “Vulfspieler” in the VIP lounge. Tickets are $15.

The Suzette Brumleve Memorial Effingham Public Library is hosting an art show during the month of February highlighting work from Effingham High School Advanced Art Seniors. The 2020 Effingham High School Senior Art Show showcases nine art students and their artwork. The exhibition invites t…

Eastern Illinois University’s Symphony Orchestra is readying for the return of spring to east central Illinois as they present their themed concert “Winter Thaw” Feb. 23 at 4 p.m. in the Dvorak Concert Hall. Tickets for the concert are available now.

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• Tri-County Players Dance — 6 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 1, Mason Civic Center, food available starting at 4.

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The General Dacey Trail in Shelbyville is hosting the 10th Annual Candlelight Walk on Saturday, Jan. 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the General Dacey Trail in Forest Park in Shelbyville.

The Suzette Brumleve Memorial Effingham Public Library is showcasing the artwork of local artist Liz Jackson. Jackson’s work will be on display until Jan. 31.

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