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Federal Grant Could Change The Look Of Downtown

Jeremy Connor, a Hurst-Rosche engineer, conducted a public hearing at Hillsboro's City Hall to complete phase I of a federal grant application due in November for a $2 million Main Street renovation …

Move To Consolidate 911 Dispatch Narrowly Fails

The Montgomery County 911 Emergency Telephone System Board (ETSB) came one vote from moving their operation center from the Montgomery County Jail in Hillsboro to Taylorville during a special meeting …

Irving Village Board Tackles Lawn Maintenance Problems

The Irving Village Board met on Tuesday, evening, Sept. 10. The board was joined by local students, Ethan Carroll, Hannah Carroll and Brooklyn Scroggins who attended the meeting as part of their …

Create Monsters At Hillsboro Harvest Market

Hillsboro's historic downtown is gearing up for Imagine Hillsboro's fifth Hillsboro Harvest Market, to be held on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The treasured community tradition will …
Journal-News Sports

Bulldogs Take Title At 3rd Annual Montgomery County Invitational

If the third edition wasn't the best version of the Montgomery County Invitational Volleyball Tournament, it may have been the most competitive. Ten of the 40 games played at the four gyms in …

Lancers Go 4-1 At Grace Tourney

For the second year in a row, the Lincolnwood volleyball team came away with a win in their final game of the Montgomery County Invitational - A Grace Filled Tourney. After going 4-1 last year …

Toppers Battle At Grace Tournament

It was a roller coaster weekend for the Hillsboro volleyball team as they went 2-3 and finished in eighth place at the Montgomery County Invitational - A Grace Filled Tourney on Sept. 13-14. All …
Obituaries
Wanda L. Boebel, 87 Wanda L. (Logsdon) Boebel, 87, of Naperville, died Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, at her residence. Funeral services were held Friday, Sept. 13, at the  Community United Methodist Church in …
Janet Christer, 67 Janet (Wilson) Christer, 67, of Morrisonville, died Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, at 7:47 p.m. at her residence. Visitation will be held Tuesday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Perfetti-Assalley Funeral Home …
Leon L. Warnsing, 90, Leon Leslie Warnsing, 90, of Raymond, died Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, at his home. No services are planned at this time. Hough Funeral Home in Raymond is assisting the family. Mr. Warnsing was …
Marian L. Hampton, 86 Marian Louise Hampton, 86, of Ellisville, MO, formerly of Litchfield, died at 7:45 a.m. Saturday, Sept.14, 2019, at the Mercy Hospice South–DeGreef Hospice House in Sappington, South St. Louis …
Mary Jo Heise, 72 Mary Jo Heise, 72, of Springfield, formerly of Litchfield, died Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, at HSHS St. John's Hospital in Springfield. Visitation will be held Saturday, Sept. 28, from 10 to 10:45 …
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From The Opinion Page

GRANDMA'S DIARIES: Sept. 1954–Indoor Plumbing On The Way

September 1952 is hot and dry. Both house gardens and crops have suffered through the hot summer. In addition to the less than hoped for yields, a disease begins to spread through the hog farms in …

SMALL SNIPPETS • Some Things Are Not Ours To Fix

I find it interesting how life allows us brief glimpses of the people our children will become. Small, infinitesimal flashes of their individual characters. The first time I really saw my youngest …
Letters To The Editor
Letter To The Editor: Looks Like Pritzker And Vistra Would Further Goal

Dynegy took over Coffeen and four other Illinois coal-fire plants in early 2014 by assuming some $850 million in Ameren debt.  In 2017, the merger with Vistra Energy was announced, a deal that …

Letter To The Editor: Deficiencies In Healthcare For The Mentally Ill

Have you seen this posting: "How to apologize to people at work after I upset them...I'm sorry that your terrible behavior caused me to act out of character. You should work on that." It appears …