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Stressed Farmers: ‘Don’t Wait For A Crisis’

“Don’t wait for a crisis before you start taking care of yourself,” featured speaker Adrienne DeSutter said to a room full of farm families at the “Faith, Family, Friends, …

Deputies And K-9 Arrest Wanted Man

A Butler man who was convicted on two felonies three weeks ago, and wanted on another warrant less than a week later was arrested at his home shortly after midnight on Friday morning, Feb. 21, thanks …

Litchfield Board Discusses School Facilities

Members of the Litchfield School Board continued to look to the future and plan for upgrades to their four elementary school buildings during their regular monthly meeting on Thursday evening, Feb. …

Quick Meeting For Litchfield Council

It was a quick meeting for the Litchfield City Council on Thursday, Feb. 20, as the council approved 16 motions in the 15 minutes spent in open session. All 16 motions were approved 8-0, with few …
Journal-News Sports

Tosetti, Sabol Score Big On Senior Night

The Nokomis boys basketball game on Friday, Feb. 21, was about endings as the school celebrated the accomplishments of two legendary coaches, Head Coach Steve Kimbro and Assistant Coach Brian …

Lancers Pull Away On Senior Night

Be it nerves or adrenaline from the large crowd gathered for senior night, or the fact that Edinburg is just better than they were a month ago, Thursday’s game between Lincolnwood and the …

Thomas Ends Career At State

If making it to state was fulfillment of a dream for Litchfield High School senior Jefferson Thomas, winning a match on his sport’s biggest stage had to be the icing on the cake. Thomas, who …
Obituaries
Rev. Herbert H. Coates, 90 The Rev. Herbert H. Coates, 90, died Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, at Lincolnshire Place: A Memory Care Facility in Decatur, with family members by his side. Funeral services were held Monday, Feb. …
Mildred L. Henderson, 101 Mildred L. (Hubert) Henderson, 101, of Greenville, died Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, at Cedarhurst of Greenville. Visitation will be held Thursday, Feb. 27, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the First United …
William O. Sumpter, 82 William Otto Sumpter, 82, of Atwater, formerly of Litchfield, died on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020, at 8:30 p.m. at HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. Visitation will be held Thursday, Feb. …
Alice E. Koniak, 83 lespie, died Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, at 11:30 p.m. at HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. No public services will be held. Kravanya Funeral Home in Gillespie is assisting the …
Julie A. Jefferson, 64 Julie Ann Jefferson, 64, of Hermitage, PA, formerly of Litchfield and Pekin, died Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, at 1:07 p.m. at West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. Visitation will be held Wednesday, …
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From The Opinion Page

A GRACE FILLED JOURNEY • Learning To Dance In The Rain

"Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain." I’ve been thinking about that quote a lot lately, trying to lift myself out of a pity …

SMALL SNIPPETS • Taking Care To Fill Our Glasses

Is the glass half full or half empty? Life has given me enough experiences that my general set-point is to be relieved that there is water in my glass at all, regardless of the level. In his book …
Letters To The Editor
Keep A Close Eye On Your Government

The ones in Washington trying to overthrow the president are not just trying to get rid of him, but our way of life–our political system. This started before he was ever sworn in.  …

Man Cannot Change The Climate; It's A God Thing

For those who believe in climate change, there is no such thing. I can't deny that our climate is changing; I can only tell you it is not man-made.  Man cannot change the climate because it …