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Book & Record Shops
1:51 pm
Sun September 30, 2012

Independent Stores in an On-Line World

Rich Egger

Once upon a time, browsing through a book or record store was one of life’s simple pleasures. But now many people prefer to browse on-line, which is making it more difficult for independent stores to remain in business, especially in small towns.

But there are independent stores that are finding ways to keep the doors open. One example is Stone Alley Books & Collectibles in Galesburg. Owner Ben “Stone” Stomberg said he once sold comics on-line. But when the Walden Bookstore in town closed, he got a loan and a grant from the city and set up shop on Seminary Street.

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Macomb vs. Colchester
12:08 am
Thu August 2, 2012

“The Game of the Year”

The participants in the re-creation of the "Game of the Year" at Macomb High School on Saturday, July 28.
  • Jason Parrott's on-air report

Baseball teams from Macomb and Colchester were scheduled to play a five-game series in mid-1921.

The series was tied 2-2 after four games with the deciding 5th game scheduled for September 11.

The game was played at the Macomb fairgrounds in front of more than 1,600 people.

The contest was about to begin when a car pulled up and three of the infamous Chicago Black Sox (Shoeless Joe Jackson, Ed Cicotte and Swede Risberg) got out and joined the Colchester team.

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Rep. Loebsack Address Both Topics
9:58 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Farmers Face Drought, Regulations

Steve Newberry's farm in rural Lee County.
  • Interview w/ Rep. Loebsack
  • Interview with Steve Newberry
  • On-Air version

Steve Newberry of rural Argyle has been farming all of his life.  His farm is located down a winding, gravel road just a couple miles west of the Avenue of the Saints in Lee County.

Newberry says his farm has a little bit of everything, including about 2,000 acres of corn and soybeans, 150 head of cattle, and about 7,000 hogs split between two buildings.

He says his passion for farming starts with his love of cattle, likening it to someone who loves to go fishing.

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Mississippian & Oneota Cultures
4:26 pm
Sun June 24, 2012

Dig Reveals Info About The Morton Village

Student Sarah Conway at work
Rich Egger
  • Interview with Jodie O'Gorman
  • The on-air story

People lived in the area between the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers for hundreds of years before Columbus set sail across the Atlantic Ocean. Archeologists are trying to learn more about two particular groups and how they interacted.

The dig is taking place at the Morton Village site, which can be found in a grassy field on a bluff near the Illinois River in Fulton County. Researchers from Michigan State University have come here for the past five summers.

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45th Annual Event
12:24 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Thousands Show Up for Snake Alley Art Fair

The crowd checks out some yard art
Rich Egger

The Snake Alley Art Fair in Burlington started 45 years ago with just a few people selling work. They hung their art on snow fence that was set up along what's been called the most crooked street in the world.

This year the fair drew around 100 artists who set up booths not just on Snake Alley but also on the adjacent Heritage Hill streets.

They were joined by musicians, food and drink vendors, and thousands of art lovers looking to connect with a painting or a piece of jewelry or some other work of art.

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