'Sweet Home' Series

EDITOR'S NOTE: These stories, photos and videos are in a series that the JG-TC will offer monthly as a Saturday Showcase to highlight an area community, its quirks, characteristics and residents.

Sweet Home Westfield

Sweet Home Westfield

WESTFIELD -- As a teenager, Sean McHenry played for his hometown Eagles basketball team during the early 1980s when Westfield still had a high school of its own.

Wellness expo uncovers ways of living well and living green

BLOOMINGTON — Whether it is to explore a Tesla Motors premium electric vehicle or 1975 CitiCar electric, sample delicious, locally-grown food, learn ways to live more healthfully, or explore gardening techniques, the annual Illinois Sustainable Living and Wellness Expo has much to offer. A Z…

Toledo: Home to the happy souls, sore heads

Toledo: Home to the happy souls, sore heads

TOLEDO -- Locals have a way of knowing when motorists are from out of town -- it's all in how they drive around the courthouse square. 

My Amish Home: Finally, something you can't find at Wal-Mart

“For, brethren, ye have been called unto Liberty for an occasion to the flesh but by love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself."

Diversity of people, businesses gives Arcola flavor

Diversity of people, businesses gives Arcola flavor

Arcola is a town full of flavor. The flavor persists on its streets and in its architecture, shops, diversity, quirky roadside appeals, restaurants, buildings, and wall murals that each tells a story.

Arcola offers artwork, history, community service projects

Nowhere else can you find a town that boasts not only community spirit and growth in population, but also a forward-moving school district, an ever-popular Broom Corn Festival, and long-standing history of being the birthplace to The World Famous Lawn Rangers. The town is also known for its …

Sweet Home Central Illinois: Kansas

KANSAS — As state funding has dwindled, Kansas school district teachers, staff and parents all took action in 2013 to help fill the funding gap and keep their small district going.

Sweet Home Central Illinois: Greenup

Sweet Home Central Illinois: Greenup

GREENUP — Whether the Old National Road or another route guides you into Greenup, it could be where one can find some eateries, entertainment, or antique shops.

SWEET HOME CENTRAL ILLINOIS: Oakland

SWEET HOME CENTRAL ILLINOIS: Oakland

Noodle Co. helps put Oakland on the map

Sweet Home Central Illinois: Martinsville-The community that boasts it is ‘The City to Grow With’

Sweet Home Central Illinois: Martinsville-The community that boasts it is ‘The City to Grow With’

“I couldn’t wait to leave this town. And I did. Then I couldn’t wait to get back here. This is where I want to raise my kids,” said Missy Stephens of Martinsville.

Sweet Home Central Illinois - Martinsville

Sweet Home Central Illinois - Martinsville

Martinsville, Illinois resident Norma Calvert describes why she likes to call Martinsville her home.(Journal Gazette/ Times-Courier, Kevin Kilhoffer)

Sweet Home Central Illinois: Findlay

Sweet Home Central Illinois: Findlay

Marina is a home away from home for many boaters

Sweet Home Central Illinois - Findlay

Sweet Home Central Illinois - Findlay

Chris Tippit talks about her involvement with the American Red Cross blood drive in Findlay, Illinois on June 11, 2013.(Journal Gazette/ Times-Courier, Kevin Kilhoffer)

PHOTOS: Sweet Home Stewardson

PHOTOS: Sweet Home Stewardson

A collection of photos from the Sweet Home Stewardson edition of our Sweet Home Central Illinois series. Includes additional images of Stewardson from the JG-TC photo archives.

Sweet Home Central Illinois: Stewardson -- ‘The more we pull together as one, the better our town will be’

Sweet Home Central Illinois: Stewardson -- ‘The more we pull together as one, the better our town will be’

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story is one in a series that the JG-TC will offer monthly as a Saturday Showcase to highlight an area community, its quirks, characteristics and residents.

PHOTOS: Sweet Home Casey

PHOTOS: Sweet Home Casey

View photos from Staff Writer Rob Stroud's adventure in Casey on assignment for the Sweet Home Central Illinois series.

Sweet Home Central Illinois: Casey -- Civic group and museum shine in Casey

Sweet Home Central Illinois: Casey -- Civic group and museum shine in Casey

“We just want to help in any way we can to get a better quality of life for residents and the city.” — Howard Loftis, facilitator and treasurer for Casey In Action. 

Sweet Home Central Illinois - Casey

Sweet Home Central Illinois - Casey

A tour of the Illinois ASA Softball Hall of Fame museum in Casey, Ill., on Wednesday, April 17, 2013. (Journal Gazette/ Times-Courier, Kevin Kilhoffer)

Photos: Sweet Home Ashmore

Photos: Sweet Home Ashmore

A collection of photos from the Sweet Home Ashmore edition of our Sweet Home Central Illinois series. Includes additional images of Ashmore from the JG-TC photo archives.

Like A Family--Ashmore Elementary School and the Ashmore Mentoring Program

Like A Family--Ashmore Elementary School and the Ashmore Mentoring Program

Ashmore Elementary School and the Ashmore Mentoring Program in Ashmore, Illinois. (By Ken Trevarthan/www.jg-tc.com).

Sweet Home Central Illinois: Ashmore -- ‘Our little piece of heaven on Earth’

Sweet Home Central Illinois: Ashmore -- ‘Our little piece of heaven on Earth’

“We may be small but we grow good hearts in Ashmore.” — Ashmore resident Beth Kastl via Facebook

Sweet Home Central Illinois: Neoga -- Pulling together, giving back key in this town

Sweet Home Central Illinois: Neoga -- Pulling together, giving back key in this town

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story is one in a series that the JG-TC will offer monthly as a Saturday Showcase to highlight an area community, its quirks, characteristics and residents.

Video: Sweet Home Neoga

Video: Sweet Home Neoga

Neoga, Ill., residents describe their hometown.

Video: Sweet Home Strasburg

Video: Sweet Home Strasburg

The village of Strasburg, IL, where gnomes are everywhere to be found. (By Ken Trevarthan/www.jg-tc.com)

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