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Robinson Leaves LPD After 22 Years

After just over 22 years of service to the City of Litchfield, police officer Chris Robinson is heading south for the next chapter of his career. Robinson, who previously worked for the …

Bicentennial Banners Need Community Help

The Montgomery County Bicentennial Committee is asking for community support in order to place large vertical banners on the light posts around the courthouse square.  Most of the money …

COVID Cases Falling, Vaccinations Rising

The number of new coronavirus cases continued to decline last week, and the Montgomery County Health Department continued to administer vaccinations. According to health department numbers, there …

Monday Will Be Day Off For Nokomis Students

The February meeting of the Nokomis School Board was called to order on Tuesday, Feb. 16, by President Chad Ruppert, with Superintendent Scott Doerr, board members Joe Gasparich, Steve Janssen, Denny …
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Clavin’s Best Pushes Nokomis Past 'Cats

Ben Clavin scored a career best 22 points and hit five three-pointers in Nokomis’ 60-35 win over Mt. Olive on Friday, Feb. 19. The Redskins led 9-8 after one quarter, but tacked on 11 points …

Hillsboro Girls Roll Roxana

No matter how you slice up the Hillsboro girls game against Roxana on Thursday, Feb. 18, the Lady Hiltoppers were dominant in their 52-15 win over the Shells. Offensively, the Toppers scored ten …

Redskins Extend Streak In Overtime

Nokomis’ perfect start to the season survived by the skin of the Lady Redskins’ teeth on Thursday, Feb. 18, as they defeated East Alton-Wood River (EAWR) 56-53 in overtime. All season …
Obituaries
Wilma J. Stamer, 85 Wilma “Jo” Josephine Stamer, 85, of Springfield, died Thursday Feb. 18, 2021, at 10:33 p.m. at HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. Private family funeral services will be …
Claudette L. Jett, 77 Claudette Lorene Jett, 77, of Litchfield, died Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021, at 9:15 p.m. in her home, after a battle with cancer. No services are planned at this time. Plummer Funeral Home in Litchfield …
Gilbert Dealey, Sr., 79 Gilbert Leroy Dealey, Sr., 79, of Staunton, died Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021, at his residence, surrounded by family. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Per his wishes, cremation rites …
Melinda S. Slimick, 67 Melinda “Mindy” S. Slimick, 67, died Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, at 10:43 p.m. Visitation will be held Wednesday, Feb. 24, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Elias, Kallal and Schaaf Funeral Home in …
Dorothy C. Weeks, 100 Dorothy C. Weeks, 100, of Springfield, died Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, at her residence. Visitation will be held Wednesday, Feb. 24, from 9 to 10 a.m. at Ellinger-Kunz and Park Funeral Home in …
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A GRACE FILLED JOURNEY • Navigating Life With A ‘Threenager’

It's official. We no longer have a "threenager" in our house! Our beautiful Charlotte Grace turned four this month, and we have been celebrating all week. Charley is into all things Disney, …

SMALL SNIPPETS • The Power Of A Simple Gift

Valentine’s Day is hands-down my favorite holiday. I generally get a lot of side-eyed looks and snarky comments about it being an overly commercialized holiday, marketed to take advantage of …
Letters To The Editor
Thanks To School Districts And Health Care

After watching the news lately I decided I wanted to express some of my humble views. For a year now we have been challenged with one of the worst–if not the worst–pandemics the world …

What Would Seniors Do Without Social Security

What would all of our seniors do without their Social Security? I knew a man who complained about Social Security for years, but before he died at age 93, he realized it was a good thing. Are …