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911 Board Reconsiders Dispatch Consolidation

The Montgomery County 911 Emergency Telephone System Board (ETSB) reconsidered a decision made last month, and voted to move their operation center from the Montgomery County Jail in Hillsboro to …

Litchfield Board Studies Career Education Program

Members of the Litchfield School Board learned more about a new career and technical education program coming to the district during their regular monthly meeting on Thursday evening, Oct. 17, in the …

Lake Lou Yaeger Gets New Equipment Through Grants

The lake department for the city of Litchfield received some much needed equipment due to the generosity of two local trusts during the Litchfield city council meeting on Thursday, Oct. 17. Lake …

'Pawsboro620K9' New Dog Park Is Dedicated

Hillsboro's newest recreational attraction, "Pawsboro620K9,"was opened with a dedication ceremony Saturday, Oct. 19. The project, initiated by Imagine Hillsboro's Parks and Recreation committee, was …
Journal-News Sports

Eickhoff, White End It On The Medal Podium

Hillsboro seniors Alex Eickhoff and Alex White began their golf careers on the same courses, so it was only fitting that they ended their prep careers the same way. From the Hillsboro Country Club …

Mower Makes State Trip Memorable For Herman

While he didn’t get a second day, Lincolnwood senior Sam Herman got his money’s worth on day one at the IHSA Class 1A State Golf Tournament. Teeing off at 9:33 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 18, …

Redskins Headed To The Playoffs

After going 1-4 for three yards and three interceptions in the first half, the Nokomis High School football team went to its ground game in the second half, running the ball in 30 of their 31 …
Obituaries
Geneva Mae Gardner, 92 Geneva Mae Gardner, 92, of Newark, DE, died on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019.  Mrs. Gardner was born on Jan. 18, 1927, to Wilbur and Sylvia (Loux) Nelson. She grew up during the Great Depression …
Dennis Keith Matthews, 84 Dennis Keith Matthews, 84, of Nokomis, died on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, at 2 a.m. at the Illinois Presbyterian Home in Springfield. Mr. Matthews was born on Jan. 13, 1935, in Fillmore, to Lonnie …
Raymond G. Ridens, 55 Raymond G. Ridens, 55, died on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, at 12:44 p.m. at his home surrounded by his family. Funeral services were held on Monday, Oct. 14, at the Elias Kallal and Schaaf Funeral Home …
Rose M. Naab, 77 Rose M. Naab, 77, of Ramsey, died on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, at her home. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 21, at Miller Funeral Home in Vandalia. Services will be held at …
Erma Lucille Schwab, 88 Erma Lucille Schwab, 88, of ​Mount Olive, died at 9:31 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, at her residence in Mount Olive. ​Visitation will be held on Sunday, Oct. 20, from 5:30 to 7:30 …
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From The Opinion Page

GUEST COLUMN • Electronics, Anonymity, And Guns

I muse widely, yet my knowledge base is quite narrow. So, I could sure use help from thoughtful readers who know more than I about the topics below, which I am beginning to explore for possible …

RAMBLINGS • The Preface To The Preface

This "Ramblings" began in May, when a donut and a compliment from Patti (White) Fuller began a train of remembrances of my experience as a would-be farmer, teacher, coach, and high school newspaper …
Letters To The Editor
Progressive Communities Don't Go Backwards

Nearly five decades ago Hillsboro High School was asked to be part of a new recycling effort.  The Biology Club, which I sponsored, was asked to help.   Back then the Biology Club helped …

County Should Stay Out Of Recycling

I read the letter from Larissa Todt, "Please consider creative solutions to save recycling" in the Sept. 20 issue regarding the recent closure of the recycling centers throughout the county. Yes, …