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R.P. Lumber Acquires Kieffer Lumber in Mount Carmel

Edwardsville, IL — R.P. Lumber Co., Inc. has acquired Kieffer Lumber in Mount Carmel, IL, making this the family-owned hardware and building materials retailer’s 59th Illinois location and its 85th location overall. “For 50 years, Kieffer Lumber has served the citizens of Wabash County and the greater Illinois/Indiana bi-state area, and we are thrilled to…

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4 non-investment questions to ask an adviser before retiring

KATE ASHFORD NerdWallet Using a financial adviser for your investment needs is 100% on brand, but what about all the other parts of your retirement life? A third of people ages 64 and up have a financial adviser, but only 2% asked their adviser to help with their Medicare choices, according to a July 2022…

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Coming up for air in Strout’s pandemic voyage

AMANCAI BIRABEN Associated Press “Lucy by the Sea,” by Elizabeth Strout (Random House) Returning to characters of previous novels, Elizabeth Strout folds them into COVID-19’s twist of fate in “Lucy by the Sea.” Lucy’s world is on the verge of collapse, a pandemic wreaking havoc on a country on the brink of a civil war.…

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A war story, ‘Mosquito Bowl’ defines courage, duty

DOUGLASS K. DANIEL Associated Press “The Mosquito Bowl: A Game of Life and Death in World War II,” by Buzz Bissinger (Harper) U.S. Marines training for the invasion of the Japanese island of Okinawa didn’t know they would face the bloodiest fighting in the Pacific theater of World War II. The nearly three-month battle in…

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National Agriscience Fair finalists interview in brand new Farm Credit Board Room

The Taylorville community is very supportive of the Taylorville FFA Chapter in many ways, but recently a local business hosted National FFA Agriscience Fair Finalists from the Taylorville FFA Chapter. The new Farm Credit Service Board Room served as the interview room for two National FFA Agriscience Fair Interviews.  This past Spring, Taylorville FFA members,…

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A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats….. A visit with Taylorville native Cindy Frisina about her plans to help revitalize the downtown

Kim Paisley-Jones Breeze-Courier Writer TAYLORVILLE — In a speech given by President John F. Kennedy on October 3, 1963 in Heber Springs, Arkansas, Kennedy said the following: “These projects produce wealth, they bring industry, they bring jobs, and the wealth they bring brings wealth to other sections of the United States. This State had about…

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Feed the Soul: Edinburg starts Drama Club with hopes for arts future

Rachel LeBeane Breeze-Courier Writer EDINBURG — An undisputed queen of both theater and movies, legendary actress Julie Andrews has some profound wisdom to share with everyone. As her remarkable character Catherine in Once Special Night once shared “Feed the body food and drink, it will survive today. Feed the soul art and music, it will…

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Pana Panthers survive trip to Piasa Birds, 35-21

(PIASA) — Pana defenders swarm to Piasa quarterback Quinten Strohbeck during the Panthers 35-21 win on Friday night at Piasa in South Central Conference action. From left, in white jerseys, are Joel Deere 65), Monte Weddle (33) and Kamden Brown (72). (Tom Latonis/Breeze-Courier Photo) (PIASA) — The Pana Panthers football team came from a touchdown…

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Russia shells cities amid Kremlin-staged votes

KARL RITTER and HANNA ARHIROVA Associated Press KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian forces launched new strikes on Ukrainian cities as Kremlin-orchestrated votes took place in occupied regions of Ukraine to create a pretext for their annexation by Moscow. Ukraine’s presidential office said the latest Russian shelling killed at least three people and wounded 19. Oleksandr…

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