Maggie Menderski

Journalist. Storyteller. Conversationalist.

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

Storm warning

CANTRALL — You won’t hear a traditional tornado siren in Cantrall. But the village isn’t unprotected. Tornadoes and the methods used to warn the public about them swirled back into the … Continue reading

May 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

Wishing for nature

CHATHAM — Joseph Goldstein is toughing his way through cancer, and the Glenwood Middle School eighth-grader wants to save the wilderness that taught him resilience. So he wished for it. … Continue reading

May 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

Ray & Lillian

SHERMAN — Ray Ford spends most mornings cooking in the back of his diner, while his wife, Lillian Ford, watches over a pie in the oven or the restaurant’s books. … Continue reading

February 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

‘Bigger than basketball’

SPRINGFIELD — Seven basketballs pounded a dimly lit court Friday night during the Central Illinois Xpress’ practice. The middle school girls’ coach searched the gymnasium at Abundant Faith Christian Center in Springfield … Continue reading

January 30, 2015 · Leave a comment
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