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Last Sunday, Rev. Samuel Hale Jr. retired as pastor of Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Springfield. Hale had served in that position for 34 years. Hale’s final sermon drew on Samuel 24, and the importance of choosing what God wants when you come to a crossroads in your life.

During the service, State Senator Andy Manar (D-48) and Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder delivered proclamations for Hale and his contributions to Springfield. After the service, the church held a reception to celebrate Rev. Hale’s career. More than 120 people came out to share their stories and reflect on their time with Hale.

Rev. Hale had an incredible impact on both his church and his community. Both during the service and the following reception, fellow pastors and members from the wider Springfield community spoke on how Hale had touched their lives. Church leaders from Alton and Jacksonville came to express their congratulations. Hale’s work in the community was also discussed by leaders of the NAACP.

Hale’s well-wishers had a great deal to mention. In addition to his 34 years as pastor of Zion Missionary, he was a founding board member of the Helping Hands shelter in Springfield, and was a director of the Phoenix Project. He was the organizing pastor of the Johenning Baptist Church in Washington D.C. Hale also played an important role in the NAACP’s “Stay-in-School, Back to School” program, as well as contributed to the “real men read” program at Washington Middle School. There are also more literary and scholarly achievements than can be listed here.

Rev. Hale will be moving to Decatur in his retirement. While his time at Zion Missionary has come to a close, Hale said, “God is not finished with me yet.”

You can watch Hale’s final service in the player above, or the reception in the player below.

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Senior strategist, statehouse reporter and political correspondent for Springfield Daily. Graduate of District 117 and UIS. Thomas covers stories in both Morgan and Sangamon Counties, as well as statewide politics.

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Springfield’s spring branch pickup program starts Monday, April 8th. Each quadrant of the city will have two pickup dates, one in April and one in May. Crews will only visit each quadrant once per month. The first pickup will be in the Northwest Quadrant.

Size of Branch Piles

Branches must meet the following standards to be picked up:

  • No larger than 3 foot in height, 4 foot in depth, and 10 feet in length;
  • Piles larger than a small pickup load will not be picked up by the city;
  • The program is for branches only, no logs will be accepted
  • Branches/limbs trimmed by a commercial contractor will not be picked up; and
  • Branches must be placed on the curb not obstructing the street or sidewalk.

Small branches may also be broken up and put into yard waste bags for pick up by your waste hauler.

Year-Round Residential Branch Drop Off

Residents may drop off branches, free of charge year-round, to Evans Recycling with proof of residency. This service is not for commercial contractors but for city residents only. Evans Recycling is located at 2100 J. David Jones Parkway and is open Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, 7:00 a.m. – 12-noon. Contact number is 217.391.0886.

Pickup schedule

Week of April 8th & May 6th

  • Northwest Quadrant – area north of South Grand Avenue and Old Jacksonville Road.  West of Walnut Street/J David Jones Parkway.

Week of April 15th & May 13

  • Southwest Quadrant – area south of South Grand Avenue and Old Jacksonville Road.  West of Walnut Street.

Week of April 22nd & May 20th

  • Southeast Quadrant– area south of South Grand Avenue and east of Walnut Street, including the properties around Lake Springfield.

Week of April 29th & May 27th

  • Northeast Quadrant – area north of South Grand Avenue and east of Walnut/J. David Jones Parkway.

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