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Porter Gets Nine Years On Predatory Sex Crime

A Litchfield man got nine years in prison on Thursday, Oct. 22, for felony predatory criminal sexual assault of a child. Carlos M. Porter, 50, of Litchfield, pleaded guilty in Montgomery County …

One Death And 63 New Cases Here Last Week

The health department announced the 16th coronavirus death in Montgomery County over the weekend, capping a week in which 63 new cases were confirmed in the county. The COVID-19 death was the …

Nokomis Board Learns One May Opt Out Of NPT

President Chad Ruppert called the Oct. 20 meeting of the Nokomis School Board to order with all seven board members along with Superintendent Dr. Scott Doerr, principals Reedy, McDowell, and …

Churches Team Up For Honk-Or-Treat Saturday

After a successful first community-wide event last year, the Greater Hillsboro Ministerial Fellowship is sponsoring another Hill-o-Ween event, “Honk or Treat” drive-through on Saturday, …
Journal-News Sports

Panthers On A Good Run This Past Week

After earning their first conference title in eight years on Monday, the Litchfield boys cross country team put together a solid effort at the Carlinville Regional and came away with a second place …

Regional Success A Certainty For LHS

Death and taxes may be the only certainties in life, but for the last ten years, a spot in the sectionals for the Litchfield girls cross country team can be added to that list as well. On …

Compton Advances To Sectionals Again

For the fourth year in a row, the Hillsboro girls cross country team will have a representative at the sectional meet. Despite not having an official school-sponsored team, the Lady Hiltoppers …
Obituaries
Nina M. Aikman, 94 Nina M. Aikman, 94, of Greenville, formerly of Honey Bend, died Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, at Greenville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Greenville. Visitation will be held Saturday, Oct. 31, …
Harold D. Moomey, 88 Harold Dwaine Moomey, 88, of Moberly, MO, died Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. Funeral services were held Sunday, Oct. 25, at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville with Dr. Tim Murrell officiating. Burial …
Katherine Miles, 79 Katherine “Katie” Miles, 79, of Pana, died on Monday morning, Oct. 26, 2020, at her residence with family by her side, following an extended illness. Visitation will be held Thursday, …
Betty L. Berry, 77 Betty Lou Berry, 77, of Vandalia, died Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, at HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. Graveside services and interment will be held Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 11 a.m. in …
Linda D. Netemeyer, 66 Linda D. Netemeyer, 66, of Albers, died Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, at her home. Visitation will be held Wednesday, Oct. 28, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Nordike Funeral Home in Aviston.  An additional …
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From The Opinion Page

A GRACE FILLED JOURNEY • Being Grateful In All Circumstances

As we get ready to turn the calendar to November, it reminds me that many on social media use the month to post something they are thankful for each day. It’s always such a bright spot …

Thankful Differences Don’t Define Us

As fields in the center of Montgomery County erupted in flames Saturday afternoon–thought to be caused by a spark from a passing train–first responders, volunteers, farmers and others all …
Letters To The Editor
Bryant Hitchings’ Voice Is Needed

I know that 2020 has proven to be a difficult year for everyone around the world because of COVID-19. The fact remains though, that we will have an upcoming election in November that will affect …

Taxes: When Is Enough Enough?

Illinois has on the ballot a so-called Fair Tax. Let’s review some of the facts: Property taxes–Illinois’ rate ranks as one of the highest.  The average Illinois taxpayer …