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Community Welcomes Home Emma Belt

Following her heart transplant on April 19, ten-year-old Emma Belt of Litchfield experienced transplant rejection and ascites, excessive fluid in the abdomen. She is currently undergoing five weeks …

Litchfield Honors Longtime Employees

The members of the Litchfield City Council took time to honor several longtime employees to start their meeting on Thursday, June 20, including one who is retiring after more than 20 years with the …

Litchfield Board Discusses New Academic Recognition

 It was a long night for members of the Litchfield School Board, who met for just over three and a half hours during their regular monthly meeting on Thursday evening, June 20, at Sihler School …

Planning Commission Gets Good Report For Eagle Zinc

Though the Hillsboro Planning Commission was one member shy of a quorum when they met Thursday, June 20, (President Tom Gooding, Secretary Barb Hewitt, Dave Booher, and Rex Brown were there), Mayor …
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Versatile Luttrell Blazes Trail To Lewis and Clark

Just a few days after graduating from Litchfield High School, Elizabeth "Lizzy" Luttrell and her sister, Litchfield assistant softball coach Stephanie Luttrell, took the opportunity to scratch an …

Pauli, Bell Double Up At Fair Moto

Last year, rain nearly kept Adam Wright and crew from building the motocross track for the races at the Montgomery County Fair. On Friday, June 21, the track was already done, but the wet weather …

County Fair Demo Hosts 59 Cars

After several inches of mud was pushed out of the arena, 59 drivers–including three first timers–competed in the Montgomery County Fair demolition derby Saturday night, June 22, at the …
Obituaries
Harold Monroe, Sr., 80 Harold Monroe, Sr., 80, of Springfield, died on Sunday, June 16, 2019, at 8:55 a.m. in Hillsboro. A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 29, beginning at 11 a.m. at Elliott Avenue Baptist …
Brenda L. Evans, 78, Brenda Lea Evans, 78, of Litchfield, died on Sunday, June 2, 2019, at Heritage Health: Therapy and Senior Care in Litchfield. A private family memorial will be held at a later date. Heinz Funeral …
David W. Reynolds, 74 David W. Reynolds, 74, of Hillsboro, died on Sunday, June 23, 2019, at 1:50 a.m. at HSHS St. John's Hospital in Springfield. Visitation will be held Thursday, June 27, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at …
Shirley Jean Adams, 87 Shirley Jean Adams, 87, of Nokomis, died at 2:15 a.m. on Thursday, June 20, 2019, at Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Mt. Zion. Funeral services were held on Saturday, June 22, at 11 a.m. at …
Sandra (Isaak) Miura Sandra (Isaak) Miura of Kyoto, Japan, formerly of Hillsboro, died Friday, June 14, 2019, at 1 a.m. Funeral services were held in Kyoto, Japan. She married Yukio Miura, and they had one child, …
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A GRACE FILLED JOURNEY • Making Memories And Homemade Pizza

Although I always say that spaghetti is my very favorite food, I would have to say that pizza comes in a close second, very close. And if I'm being totally honest, my favorite is just plain old …

LIFE LESSONS CONTINUED • Richie’s Final Voyage

Two weeks ago, our 20-foot pontoon made its last sailing while in our name, heading east, not toward the sunrise but instead to Mattoon on Route 16. I'm kind of glad I wasn't yet home from work to …
Letters To The Editor
Be Cautious Around Fireworks

The Fourth of July holiday is approaching fast.  Independence Day is a time to celebrate, reflect on freedom and of course, enjoy fireworks.   Federal, state and local laws and …

Construction Projects Will Come At High Cost

Both the gambling and marijuana bills were steamrolled through in the final days of the session.  Legislators were so eager to get construction projects in their district that they voted on …