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Schools And Students Learning From Home

“You don’t know the impact of what a school day is until you can’t have one anymore. It’s a shock,” said Aaron Hopper, superintendent of the Panhandle School …

Volunteers Sought For Medical Reserve

As natural disasters and maladies spread across the globe, members of the Montgomery County Health Department are inviting the public, both medical and non-medical personnel, to join its Medical …

Lincolnwood Graduate Helping Fight COVID-19

One Lincolnwood High School graduate is sharing her knowledge of infectious diseases in the fight against COVID-19. Kristy (Armour) Michie, who graduated from Lincolnwood with the class of 1986, …

Man Dies In House Fire While Helping Another

A Staunton man is dead, killed in a house fire southeast of Walshville early Tuesday morning, March 31, while helping someone else escape the blaze. Jeffrey D. Dunkirk, 32, of Staunton, was …
Journal-News Sports

IHSA Addresses Stay-In Extension, Playing In June

On Wednesday, April 1, IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson released a statement regarding COVID-19 and its effect on high school sports in Illinois. “First and foremost, the IHSA …

Delay Tough On Buerkett, Toppers

If you know Hillsboro tennis coach Dyke Buerkett, you know that the shelter-in part of the COVID-19 outbreak has hit the avid cyclist hard. "The hardest thing, not just for me but for those of us …

New Challenges Appear For New Look Hiltoppers

Things were already going to be different in the 2020 season than in Dave Mattson’s first five years as coach of the Hillsboro High School girls soccer team, even before the COVID-19 pandemic …
Obituaries
Jeffrey D. Dunkirk, 39 Jeffrey Dean Dunkirk, 39, of Staunton, formerly of Morrisonville, died on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at 1:40 a.m. near Walshville. Cremation rites have been accorded. Masterson Funeral Home and …
Norton G. Henke, 89 Norton G. Henke, 89, of Panama, died on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at 12:40 a.m. at his residence. Private family ceremonies will be held with the Rev. Frank Loskot, Jr. officiating. Interment will …
Linda L. Wendel, 74 Linda Lou Wendel, 74, of Litchfield, died on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at 3:34 p.m. at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO. A memorial service/Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. …
Earl Hagerman, 79 Earl William Hagerman, Jr., 79, of Mount Olive, died at 9:50 a.m. on Friday, March 27, 2020, at HSHS St. John's  Hospital in Springfield. A private family service is being held at this time …
Pauline A. Caudle, 88 Pauline Adele Caudle, 88, of Carlinville, died on Monday, March 30, 2020, at a Heritage Health: Therapy and Senior Care facility. Private graveside services will be held Wednesday, April 1, at …
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A GRACE FILLED JOURNEY • A Change To My ‘Normal’ Routine

Just two weeks ago, I walked into the office and the assignment board was full of photo orders as we geared up for an always hectic spring season.  There were team photos for spring sports, …

SHATTERING LINES • Asking For God’s Love Every Day

The last week, since the Coronavirus stay at home order has been put in place, I have been wondering what I can do to help others in need. Since I myself am considered high risk, I'm limited on my …
Letters To The Editor
Thank You, Dr. Balen

Thank you, Dr. Balen, for the beautiful prayer and picture of the Blessed Mother submitted to The Journal-News during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Please Do Not Forget Health Care Staff

Thank you to the women of Calvary Baptist Church of Taylorville for their “Plan the Peace” event hosted Friday evening, March 13. The event featured a testimony of calm and faith …