Maggie Menderski

Journalist. Storyteller. Conversationalist.

How “Jim the Wonder Dog” brought me to the Sunshine State

I wrote an email to the executive editor of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune about the myth of the smartest dog that ever lived. Somehow, he hired me. Even now that I’ve … Continue reading

August 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Living a legacy

PAWNEE — Jim Salzeider’s initials rest just feet from the dugout where he once coached. But his legacy is so much more than paint and grass. His work ethic and … Continue reading

August 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Meet Doug Wood

CHATHAM — Douglas Wood has nearly 2,000 miles between his school superintendent’s desk and his upbringing in south Los Angeles. There’s a world of difference between his new post at … Continue reading

August 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Pay freeze

SPRINGFIELD — Eddie Kimble spent his lunch break Tuesday thinking about buying his kids’ school supplies, and knowing he may not have his state paycheck to cover that bill. That kind … Continue reading

August 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Stopping mail

WAGGONER — This tiny community lost its final open storefront last week, and residents are now driving 5 miles for post office services. At least, temporarily. The post office in … Continue reading

May 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

Cutting class

Class has been dismissed permanently at some area schools, but for many communities, that’s when the work truly begins. Buildings that once served as focal points in towns often let … Continue reading

May 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

Falling off the map

CLEARLAKE — This tiny Sangamon County village is ready to fall off the map. Trustees are asking voters on the April 7 ballot to dissolve the community of about 250 … Continue reading

May 13, 2015 · Leave a comment
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