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COVID Vaxes Will Be Available At County Fair

The Montgomery County Health Department will have all three COVID-19 vaccination shots available from 4-7 p.m. each day of the Montgomery County Fair in Butler this week. Vaccinations will be …

County Fair Time Begins This Week

After the pandemic-necessitated hiatus the Montgomery County Fair will return to the county fairgrounds in Butler this week, Wednesday, June 23, through Sunday, June 27. This year’s fair is …

Budget Hearing Begins Nokomis Board Meeting

Prior to the start of the Tuesday, June 15, regular meeting, the Nokomis School Board held a public hearing on the amended FY21 budget.   In the absence of President Chad Ruppert, the hearing …

Vaxed? You Could Be State’s Next Millionaire

Any vaccinated Illinoisan will be automatically entered into a lottery for $10 million in prizes without having to take any extra steps to enter. Gov. JB Pritzker announced the “all in for …
Journal-News Sports

Victories Keep Lentz Atop IXCR Points Standings

Walshville’s Travis Lentz picked up a win at King of the Mountain in Canaan, IN, on May 16, round four of the IXCR off-road motorcycle racing series. Lentz competed in the 65cc (7-12) class …

Branum Bound For 2021 National Jr. High Rodeo

Maddie Branum, the daughter of Matt and Jenny Branum of Taylorville and the granddaughter of Margie (Reck) and Rich Stewart of Hillsboro, recently qualified for the National Junior High School Rodeo …

Redskins Reap Rewards After Special Season

Accolades continue to roll in for the Nokomis High School football team, who went a perfect 6-0 in the abbreviated spring season.  After a successful junior season, Landon Engelman was named …
Obituaries
Margaret Dothager, 94 Margaret “Jaynece” Dothager, 94, of Greenville, formerly of Mulberry Grove, died on Sunday, June 20, 2021, at Cedarhurst of Greenville. Visitation will be held Tuesday, June 22, from 6 …
Gary W. Sheppard, Sr., 71 Gary “Satch” Wayne Sheppard, Sr., 71, of Berlin, died on Monday, May 17, 2021, at 10:35 p.m. at his home. Cremation rites were accorded. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later …
Toni J. Snyder, 70 Toni Jean Snyder, 70, of Hillsboro, died on Friday, June 18, 2021, at 6:30 p.m. at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. Private graveside services will be held at St. Agnes Catholic Cemetery in …
Thomas B. Petrosky, 68 Thomas Bruce Petrosky, 68, of St. Louis, MO, died on Thursday, June 17, 2021, at 5:35 p.m. at Mercy Hospital South in St. Louis, MO. Cremation rites were accorded. No services are planned. Plummer …
Colleen M. Gates, 76 Colleen M. Gates, 76, of Hillsboro, died on Friday, June 18, 2021, at 5:21 a.m. at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. Visitation will be held Thursday, June 24, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Bass …
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From The Opinion Page

SMALL SNIPPETS • Thank You For Always Choosing Joy

There are times that I feel as if we are opposite sides of the same coin.  God required you to live every moment in the knowing that the day would come when you are forced to live without …

GROWING YOUR ROOTS • ‘Growing Roots’ For A Year Now

June marks one year since the first Growing Your Roots column debuted and I’m happy to still have the chance to visit with you every month.  Our Young Leaders have been busy hosting a …
Letters To The Editor
I Truly Loved Being Your Coach

Thank you, Hillsboro.  As I’ve reflected the last several days, I have been overwhelmed with gratitude thinking about the experiences I have had over the last 11 years leading the boys …

Open Arms Is Doing A Mighty Work For God

Usually I write about caring for critters–reminding to adopt, spay and neuter.  The heat is on so please think about your outside animals.  Make sure they have shelter, shade, fresh …