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Eisentrauts To Open Grand Theatre In Hillsboro

The Eisentraut family of Hillsboro is ringing in the new year with some "Grand" plans to bring more life to downtown Hillsboro. Owners of the Orpheum Theatre in Hillsboro, Jeff and Julie …

County Board Tables 911 Discussion

In a unanimous decision, members of the Montgomery County Board decided to table a resolution to dissolve the county's Emergency Telephone Services Board (911) for one month. Board member Richard …

Hillsboro Council Approves Fee Schedule

Hillsboro's city council okayed a new Parks and Recreation Fee Schedule as recommended by the Natural Resources Committee at their first meeting of 2020 held Tuesday night, January 14. All council …

Schram City Board Debates Cannabis

Following a motion to approve November's minutes, members of the Schram City Village Board entered into executive session, where they spent 20 minutes discussing employee pay raises during their …
Journal-News Sports

The College Report: College Basketball In Full Swing

Abby Brockmeyer, a Lincolnwood graduate turned Southern Illinois University-Carbondale player, was instrumental in helping the SIU-Carbondale Salukis post a 67-51 victory over Valparaiso University, …

Toppers Fall At Shelbyville Dual

The Hillsboro High School wrestling team traveled to Shelbyville on Monday, Jan. 13, for a dual against the host Rams and Robinson. The Toppers would collect four wins in each of the matches as they …

North Mac Knocks Off Hiltoppers

Season records aren't foolproof when used to predict the winner of a basketball game (nor of seeding for a tournament - ask those who seed the upcoming Litchfield Invitational Tournament without …
Obituaries
Jim Brown, 78 Jim Brown, 78, of Nokomis, died on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, in his home surrounded by his family. Visitation will be held on Saturday, Jan. 18, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Sutton Funeral Home in Nokomis. …
Abby Lynn Neisler, 24 Abby Lynn Neisler, 24, of Springfield, formerly of Pawnee, died on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, at her home in Springfield. Rosary will be held at 2:45 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 19, at the Holy Cross …
Mary Beth Shreve, 53 Mary Beth Shreve, 53, of  Litchfield, formerly of Coffeen, died at 2:47 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, at  HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. Visitation will be held from 1 …
Jane Alana Cress-Tuchmann, 55 Jane Alana Cress-Tuchmann, 55, of Nokomis, died on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, at 1:20 p.m. at HSHS St. John's Hospital in Springfield. Visitation will be held Saturday, Jan. 18, from 10 a.m. to 12 …
Henry A. Ernst, 92 Henry A. Ernst, 92, of Hillsboro, died on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, at 9:30 a.m. at his residence. Visitation will be held Friday, Jan. 17, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Bass Patton Dean Funeral Home in …
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From The Opinion Page

GRANDMA'S DIARIES • January 1953 Begins In California

Grandma saved several items in her 1953 diary. She listed the top stories of the past year. Number 1–Eisenhower's election as the first Republican president in 20 years. Number 2 cites the …

RAMBLINGS • Birthday Party For A Non-Party Animal

No one has called me a party animal–ever. I might have attended one birthday party when I was 11 or 12, when a daughter of a friend of my mother's became a teenager and her mom invited a few …
Letters To The Editor
Record Number Of Felonies Filed This Year

Greetings and Happy New Year to the citizens of Montgomery County. As we welcome the start of a new year and the closing out of a decade, I thought it would be a good time to update you on some of …

Museum Hosted More Than 8,000 Visitors This Year

As we look back on this past year, we would like to take this opportunity to thank the many citizens of Litchfield and the surrounding area for their support.  We so appreciate the donations …