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Sheriff’s Department Investigates Shooting

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting in Witt over the weekend that left one Springfield man dead. On Sunday evening, Aug. 2, at approximately 6:37 p.m. the …

These Camps Bring The Fun To The Kids

It’s been a tough time to be a kid this summer as COVID-19 has kept many cooped up at home or at least has limited what kids can do. But earlier in July, Litchfield Unlimited Corporation and …

Another COVID Death In Montgomery County

The Montgomery County Health Department and Illinois Department of Public Health reported the seventh COVID-19 coronavirus death in Montgomery County over the weekend. With 23 new cases reported …

Judge Denies Restraining Order In COVID-19 Suit

A Montgomery County Circuit Court judge denied a temporary restraining order on Friday, July 31, in a suit filed against the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) and Hillsboro School District …
Journal-News Sports

Hemken Runs Sixth At Spoon River Speedway

It was far from an ideal weekend for racing for Sorento’s Eldon Hemken as rain cancelled his plans to go to Farmer City Raceway on July 31. Fortunately, the WHO2 driver would get some action in …

Fall Sports Back On The Schedule For IESA

The IESA Board of Directors once again held a special meeting to discuss the status of fall sports and all IESA activities for the 2020-21 school year. The meeting was convened as a result of the …

County Golfers Compete In Drysdale Tournament

Twelve young golfers from Montgomery County, plus two Morrisonville golfers who play for the Lincolnwood co-op team, participated in this year’s Drysdale Junior Golf Tournament in Springfield, …
Obituaries
Dennis Jagodzinksi, 65 Dennis Lee Jagodzinski, 65, of Taylor Springs, died on Sunday, Aug. 2, at 2:47 a.m. at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO. A graveside service will be held on Friday, Aug. 7, beginning at 11 …
Linda L. Puls, 74 Linda L. Puls, 74, of Litchfield, died on Friday, July 31, 2020 at Hillsboro Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.   Burial will be in Reno Bethel Cemetery in Reno,  with the Rev. Gary …
Ann G. Wagner, 82 Ann G. Wagner, 82, of Hillsboro, died on Monday, Aug. 3, at 7:35 a.m. at Montgomery Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Taylor Springs. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 11, …
Jim Keller, 83 Jim Keller, 83, of Farmersville, died on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, at HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. Visitation will be held outside Wednesday, Aug. 5, from 5 to 7 p.m. at St. …
Walter F. Haase, II, 81 Walter F. Haase, II, 81, of rural Worden, died on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, at his residence. According to his wishes, cremation rites were accorded and there will be no services. Williamson Funeral …
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OLD SETTLERS MEMORIAL PRAYER • Pausing 'In The Garden' To Remember

One of the favorite old time hymns in our Christian community is “In the Garden.” It comes to mind when occasions like this arise, when we pause to remember those who have passed from us …

RAMBLINGS • #263 Is For Baby Emma

This “Ramblings” is for Emma, my almost year old great-granddaughter, in hopes that she’ll care what my life was like when she turns 21. I don’t see her often enough, and I …
Letters To The Editor
Make Decisions Based On Science, Not Elections

These are certainly unusual times in our community and our country.  Unfortunately, many of our politicians have focused on issues that have little to do with the health and future of our …

Paws Says Thank Your For Your Support

The Paws Care, Inc. board would like to thank the local communities for their support.   When the biggest fundraiser for Paws–their annual trivia night–was postponed and then …