Heartland Lodge with brightly lit windows under a night sky.

Heartland Lodge

You may have never thought about Pike County as a vacation destination, but a local entrepreneur has developed a gem in the rough that’s providing a special guest experience while boosting economic development. Just over 16,000 people reside in Pike County, and with a population of nearly 4,600, Pittsfield, the county seat, is its largest […]

From Agriculture to Aerospace

In his youth, David Shaw had his head in the clouds, but instead of dreaming up a future in sports or traveling the world, David had his mind set on something much higher, literally. He dreamed of owning his own aerospace business right on his family’s farm. He told his friend, Adam Wesley, his plans […]

It’s more convenient than ever to apply for social security benefits

By Becky Whitlow Social Security District Manager in Springfield, IL You’ve worked hard your whole life, and receiving your Social Security benefits should be the icing on the cake at your retirement party. We’re working hard to make it as quick and seamless as possible for you to apply for benefits from Social Security. Simply […]

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Renewable energy grows like gangbusters

Here’s how big solar energy has gotten: the eclipse coming up on August 21 has utilities making plans to avoid power outages when the moon blocks the sun for two minutes and 40 seconds over the middle of North America. No, you don’t need to worry about losing electricity—your local electric cooperative knows the eclipse […]

Technology can be a pain in the neck

Every day we go about our lives seamlessly incorporating more and more technology. Desktop computer sales are down and cellular phones and tablet devices are dominating. Very few of us can go a few hours without checking our phones and we continually rely on our mobile devices for communication, information and entertainment. Research suggests that […]

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How the West was wrangled

By Jerry McDonald In the movie, “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,” a character proclaims, “Sir, this is the West. When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.” And so, legends and stories about men like Wild Bill Hickok, Wyatt Earp, Buffalo Bill Cody, Billy the Kid and Sam Bass have shaped popular perception of […]

Internet of Things (IoT)

You may have heard the phrase, “the Internet of Things,” otherwise known as IoT which has many people just as puzzled as they are intrigued. So, what does the Internet of Things mean? Basically, this is referring to any device, other than your typical computer, tablet or smart phone, that is connected to the Internet. […]

Cherry Almond Muffins

Cooking with Style: Beauty and the Feast Who: Cancer benefit for fellow stylist’s daughter Cost: $14 for one, $20 for two includes shipping Details: Soft-backed, spiral bound Pages of recipes: 109 Send checks to: Linda Hogan, 1043 Newport Rd., West Frankfort, IL 62896 or call 618-218-2428. Print Recipe Cherry Almond Muffins Servings Ingredients 1-3/4 c. […]

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Power from the earth

With the flick of a fingertip, we brighten a room by flipping on a light switch. Feeling a sudden chill, we bump the thermostat and instantly our furnace responds with warm air. We even charge our computers, phones and – in some cases – our automobiles by plugging them into electrical outlets in our office, […]