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Nokomis Welcomes Taylor Trading Co.

The Nokomis business community welcomed a new member, Taylor Trading Co., on Thursday, Nov. 5. Patrons donned their masks to attend the grand opening of the home and furniture store and there was …

2.7 Percent COVID Positivity Before Thanksgiving

The Montgomery County Health Department reported 44 new confirmed COVID-19 coronavirus cases last week before the Thanksgiving holiday for a positivity rate of 2.7 percent through Wednesday. The …

Missouri Man Arrested On Route 16 For Meth

A Missouri man was arrested just after midnight on Thanksgiving morning after a traffic stop on Route 16 east of Litchfield resulted in a drug arrest. Roger A. Kluge, 53, of Cadet, MO, was …

Hillsboro Council OKs Three Facade Grants

The Hillsboro City Council, with all four members present either via Zoom or in person, approved three facade grants and one request for Tax Increment Financing (TIF) funds during their meeting on …
Journal-News Sports

Early Deer Numbers Up In County

Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 47,147 deer during the first weekend of the Illinois firearm deer season Nov. 20-22 compared with 50,173 deer taken during the first firearm …

Jhak Wins, Jhadyn Makes Pro A Debut As Walkers Hit Midwest X Country Series Finale

A delay pushed back the Midwest X Country (MXC) Series finale to Sunday, Nov. 22, which meant that Jhadyn and Jhak Walker of Morrisonville were able to get one more ride in at the course in …

Preparation Helps Hillsboro Boys Golf Team Reload In 2020

Normally when you have a lineup dominated by one class, like the Hillsboro boys golf program did over the last few years with the class of 2020, the other ages have a tendency to suffer. Fortunately …
Obituaries
Lydia L. Buehrer, 91 Lydia Louise Buehrer, 91, of Bloomington, formerly of Litchfield, died on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, at 2:30 p.m. at Martin Health Center in Bloomington. A private family service will be held at Our …
Ronald H. Pursell, 84 Ronald Harrison Pursell, 84, of Litchfield, died on Monday, Nov. 30, 2020, at 11:16 a.m. at Heritage Health: Therapy and Senior Care in Litchfield. No visitation will be held. Private family …
Rev. Robert Carter, Jr., 84 The Rev. Robert William “Bob” Carter, Jr., 84, of Vandalia, died Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020, at 7:54 p.m. at SBL Fayette County Hospital in Vandalia. Visitation will be held Friday, Dec. …
Rita L. Roth, 95 Rita L. Roth, 95, of Pana, died Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, at Heritage Health Therapy and Senior Care in Pana. Visitation will be held on  Wednesday, Dec. 2, from 9 to  10 a.m. at St. …
Erin Gorman-Dineen, 62 Erin Kathleen Gorman-Dineen, 62, of Rockport, TX, formerly of Farmersville, died on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020, at her residence. Visitation will be held Friday, Dec. 4, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Hough …
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From The Opinion Page

SHATTERING LINES • God Speaks If We’ll Only Listen

Many times in my walk with God I have struggled to understand the ins and outs of why I go through certain things.  Sometimes my pain is caused by my own doing, while other times it’s …

AFTERTHOUGHTS • Neighbor Remembers POW Collins

“Irving Sailor Missing Three Years Arrived Home Friday Unannounced,” a headline in the Oct. 8, 1945 edition of The Hillsboro Journal proclaimed. The sailor was Bill Collins, who had …
Letters To The Editor
Surprised Regular Citizens Aren’t Outraged

While I can still criticize my politicians freely, I give Trump credit.  He got the voters out to vote for him in 2016 and against him in 2020. The real people who are trying to steal the …

We Often Don’t Realize How Lucky We Are

We often don’t realize how lucky we really are.   If you are a Litchfield resident, you have access beautiful parks, a gorgeous lake, a variety of restaurants,  a great educational …