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County Board Hears COVID Vaccine Update

Members of the Montgomery County Board heard an update on the COVID vaccine roll-out as part of their two-hour board meeting on Tuesday evening, Jan. 13, at the Historic Courthouse in downtown …

Criminal Justice Reform Will Head To Governor

The Illinois Senate passed a criminal justice omnibus bill early Wednesday morning after a grueling 20 hours of politicking during Tuesday’s lame duck session. The House followed suit Wednesday …

Six More COVID Deaths Since Sunday This Week

The rate of new COVID-19 coronavirus cases has slowed to start the week, but not the number of deaths from the disease–six more so far this week after six deaths last week. The Montgomery …

Hillsboro Council Hires Employees

Meeting for the first time since December 8, Hillsboro’s city council made five hiring decisions, all unanimously, during their session on Tuesday, Jan. 12; two were personnel decisions and …
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Leefers, Patton Named To SLIAC All-Decade Team

Two former Hillsboro Hiltoppers were among those recently honored by the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) as members of the conference’s all-decade team. Hall of Fame track coach …

Saathoff Triples Up At Winter Throwdown

Chase Saathoff picked up three wins at the Winter Throwdown at Callahan Speedway in Callahan, FL, on Saturday, Jan. 9, making a long drive worth it for the Hillsboro motorcycle racer. Competing in …

Hillsboro Hustler Gets Slideways In 2021

It’s early in 2021, but Hillsboro’s Jason Williamson has already been busy with the 3X Hillsboro Hustler RC race team. On Saturday, Jan. 2, Williamson competed in the Burn It Down 100, …
Obituaries
Jonathan Morgan, 35 Jonathan David (‘JD’) Morgan, 35, of Jacksonville, NC, died on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021. Visitation will be held on Monday, Jan. 18, from 1 to 2 p.m. at Jones Funeral Home in Jacksonville, NC. Services will follow at 2 p.m., at the funeral home. Jones Funeral Home in Jacksonville, NC, is assisting the family with arrangements.
July Lynnatte Wader, 43 July Lynnatte Wader, 43, of Granite City, died at 1:40 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020, at Missouri Baptist Medical Center in St. Louis, MO. The family plans to hold a memorial service at a later date. Wojstrom Funeral Home and Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.
Shelby Jean Mudd, 80 Shelby Jean Mudd, 80, of Hillsboro, died at 4:50 a.m. on  Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, at Hillsboro Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Hillsboro. Cremation rites were accorded. No services are planned at this time. Bass Patton Dean Funeral Home in Hillsboro is assisting with arrangements.
Darrell L. Johnson, 83 Darrell Lee Johnson, 83, of Litchfield, died on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, at 2:50 a.m. at Carlinville Rehabilitation and Health Care Center. Cremation rites will be accorded. No services will be …
William H. Blaeuer, 84 William “Bill” H. Blaeuer, 84, of Litchfield, died on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, at 7:30 a.m. at Montgomery Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Taylor Springs due to COVID-19. Private …
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GRANDMA'S DIARIES: January 1954–Farmers Day At Sears

In January 1954, my little sister Connie celebrated her third birthday. Grandma always provided a special angel food cake for our birthdays. The best angel food cake I've ever tasted. Of course, …

RAMBLINGS • COVID Contemplations On Blessed Life

Years ago Judy and I bought an RCA console stereo from Big Ed in Litchfield. A wonder of its mid-60s era, it had a turntable, an AM/FM radio that would pull in stations from far away, especially on …
Letters To The Editor
Letter To The Editor: In Resolute Opposition To HB163 Amendment

This letter is in resolute opposition to Senate Amendment #2 to HB163 by the Montgomery County Board Finance Committee.  The committee has reviewed the impact this abhorrent legislation would …

Appreciates Christmas Gifts From Churches

I am a resident at Tremont Ridge in Hillsboro and recieve The Journal-News bi-weekly. I appreciate the fact that someone in the churches of Hillsboro thought about us all for Christmas and sent …