Maggie Menderski

Journalist. Storyteller. Conversationalist.

Coming home

WAVERLY — The Rev. Dennis Mumaw asked his church to show compassion beyond Waverly’s borders. It spread all the way to China. In less than three years, four Chinese orphans … Continue reading

December 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

Valerie’s story

JACKSONVILLE — Valerie Eyer’s baby brother smiles up at her from her favorite page in her storybook. She hasn’t seen him since his death seven years ago. Valerie’s birth father … Continue reading

December 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Movie dolls

VIRGINIA — Marcia Cox’s dolls have mingled with the stars. The three cornhusk dolls left the small shop at the back of Cox’s Virginia home for an outer-space movie set … Continue reading

December 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Finally at rest

HILLSBORO — Esiquio Rodriguez spent eight years waiting in a cabinet for a proper burial. His ashes were the oldest in a growing collection of unwanted cremains in the Montgomery … Continue reading

November 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

“No more cheers”

CARLINVILLE — Brooklyn Armstrong always wore her seat belt, except on the day it could have saved her life. The 16-year-old sophomore at Carlinville High School was thrown from a … Continue reading

September 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

“Both barrels”

SHERMAN — A Sherman police officer faces possible termination for alleged reckless behavior, while officials of the union that represents him argue the conflict stems from his opposition to a … Continue reading

September 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

Superfund legacy

TAYLORVILLE — The 10-inch scar across Zachary Donaldson’s stomach occasionally reminds him how one of the country’s most contaminated sites likely caused the cancer that nearly killed him. But little … Continue reading

September 17, 2014 · Leave a comment
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