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Three Facilities Named In COVID-19 Outbreak

Christian-Montgomery County EMA Director Greg Nimmo identified outbreaks at a church and a day care in Litchfield and a long-term care facility in Hillsboro on Thursday, July 9, a day in which the …

Athletes Return As IHSA Starts Phase Four

After a re-acclimation period consisting of conditioning in small groups, the 2020 Hillsboro Hiltoppers finally got their hands on a football on Monday, July 6. The two and a half hour practice …

State Doing Well, But County Numbers Spike

While the state’s COVID-19 coronavirus test positivity rate remains among the lowest in the Midwest, cases in Montgomery County continue to spike this week. As of Wednesday afternoon, July …

Contact Tracing Critical In Containing Pandemic

As positive cases of the COVID-19 virus continue to rise in Montgomery County, employees at the Montgomery County Health Department are keeping busy reaching out to those who have tested positive, …
Journal-News Sports

Lancer Basketball Dishes Out Awards

With the COVID-19 pandemic cancelling their original banquet in March, and things not looking good to have the event any time soon, the Lincolnwood High School boys basketball coaches took their …

Komor Races In Illinois, Missouri, Mississippi

It was a little “R-and-R” and a few RPMs for Rich Komor at the start of the 2020 drag racing season as the Litchfield racer made a few passes during his family’s vacation to …

Detmers Signs With Angels

Reid Detmers is one step closer to the majors and quite a bit wealthier this week as he officially became a member of the Los Angeles Angels on June 28. Detmers, who attended Nokomis High School …
Obituaries
James P. Raburn, 77 James Phil Raburn, 77, of Irving, died on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, at 8:42 p.m. at his residence. Visitation will be held Wednesday, July 15, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Bass Patton Dean Funeral Home in …
Michael L. Fullerton, 75 Michael Lee Fullerton, 75, of Cerro Gordo, formerly of Morrisonville, died on Saturday, June 27, 2020, at 11:40 p.m. at his residence. Private family inurnment was held in Morrisonville Cemetery. …
Charles A. Boston, 88 Charles Albert Boston, 88, of East Peoria, died on Friday, June 26, 2020, at 4:53 p.m. at Fondulac Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in East Peoria. Cremation rites were accorded and no …
Bill E. Newton, 77 Bill Edward Newton, 77, of Sherman, died Tuesday, July 7, 2020, at 1:40 a.m. at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. Visitation will be held Monday, July 13, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Staab Funeral …
Charlie W. Bishop, 78 Charlie W. Bishop, 78, died Wednesday, July 1, 2020, at 3:30 a.m. in Creve Coeur, MO, surrounded by his family. Due to the coronavirus, a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date at the …
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From The Opinion Page

RAMBLINGS • I Am Not By Nature A Cleaner

Sometimes it’s easier to discover who one is, and thus come to an understanding of himself, by first telling what one is not. When I know myself well, I can take steps to rectify  problem …

A GRACE FILLED JOURNEY • Saving Her First Portrait Of Mommy

Although my dad might argue I spent my entire adolescence as a hoarder, I can’t say that I’m really much of a “saver” anymore. It’s probably true that I had a lot of …
Letters To The Editor
Mutual Separation Due To Unforeseen Legality

I’m writing this letter in regards to the recent headline on the front page of The Journal-News, “Nokomis City Council Fires Water Company.”  I would like to set the record …

Litchfield Museum Open Again On July 1

The Litchfield Museum and Route 66 Welcome Center will once again be open to welcome visitors beginning Wednesday, July 1.   We will return to our normal hours of Monday through Saturday 10 …