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Tree of Lights campaign helps thousands in need

THERE'S something personal about the Salvation Army Tree of Lights campaign. Campaign co-chairmen Roy and Trisha Webb agreed to lead the campaign because they know it can help people who are struggling. Roy Webb, the superintendent at Quincy Public School

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Another child dead whom state failed to protect

The following editorial appeared in the Chicago Tribune: THE pathologist determined the preliminary cause of death to be failure to thrive due to extreme malnutrition. The 6-year-old boy weighed approximately 17 pounds when his father brought him to a lo

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Need to help others remains as great as ever

THE 29th annual Good News of Christmas campaign kicks off today to provide critical assistance to needy families in West-Central Illinois and Northeast Missouri. The continuing generosity of individuals, businesses, churches, Scouting troops and a host of

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Donors can make difference for Hannibal memorial

THE Hannibal Parks and Recreation Department is embarking upon a worthwhile community fundraising campaign to refurbish a public memorial commemorating the service of local military veterans from World War I and World War II. The memorial in Central Park

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Programs brighten lives of kids in Northeast Missouri

MARION County residents should be acknowledged for a pair of initiatives that will brighten the lives of many youngsters in Northeast Missouri.

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A weekend to remember for Adams County teams

ADAMS County was represented well last weekend at the Illinois High School Association state volleyball tournament at Redbird Arena in Normal. Payson Seymour more than lived up to preseason expectations to cap a remarkable season by beating Windsor/Stewar

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Tree planting group gives nature a hand with Quincy's 'urban forest'

QUINCY'S tree-lined streets have been a sight to behold in recent weeks as vibrant fall foliage has been on display. Part of the credit for the beautiful canopy belongs to Quincy Trees for Tomorrow. The group has planted 1,037 trees along streets and in p

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Veterans have earned our highest level of respect

THE late Elmer Davis was a highly regarded writer who is likely unknown to most Americans. However, his words always ring true each Veterans Day. "This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave," Davis wrote.

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Missouri must find funds for public defenders

THE Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees that everyone entering the criminal justice system has the right to adequate legal counsel. However, the Missouri Public Defender's Office is struggling to provide necessary representation t

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Let's not turn holidays tragic by driving drowsy

THE holiday season is about to begin, and law enforcement agencies here and across the country will be stepping up efforts to promote responsible and safe driving. While the focus will remain on reducing drunken and distracted driving, there's another cau