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Litchfield Makes Required Recreational Adjustments

In compliance with the State of Illinois’ Restore Illinois guidelines the City of Litchfield has made some adjustments to the upcoming tourism event calendar and various aspects of Lake Lou …

Historic Courthouse To Reopen On Monday

The Historic Courthouse and Regional Office of Education in Hillsboro will reopen for daily operations at 8 a.m. on Monday, June 1, according to Montgomery County Sheriff Rick Robbins and County …

Nokomis District Sets Plans For June Graduation Date

Amid ongoing social distancing guidelines, the Nokomis School District has set a Saturday, June 6, graduation date for both Nokomis Junior High School and Nokomis High School. The eighth grade …

HHS Graduation Moved To Sunday

The Hillsboro High School graduation ceremony scheduled for Friday, May 29, has been postponed until Sunday, May 31, beginning at 8 p.m. due to the rain in the weather forecast.   This …
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Camren’s On The Mini Greens Set For Aug. 9

The Camren’s on the Greens committee has announced a new event this year, the first-ever, Camren’s on the Mini Greens, set for Sunday, Aug. 9, in Nokomis. It will be held in memory of …

Life Returns To The Greens In Montgomery County

American humorist Harold Segall once said, “Golf is not just an exercise; it’s an adventure, a romance... a Shakespeare play in which disaster and comedy are …

NFHS Releases Guidance For Re-Opening Prep Sports

The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has released guidance for its 51 member state high school associations to consider in re-opening high school athletics and other …
Obituaries
Betty A. Hittmeier, 80 Betty Ann (Lay) Hittmeier,  80, of Warren, ME, died on Sunday, May 10, 2020, at her home with her husband and daughter by her side. Mrs. Hittmeier was born at her parent’s farm home, …
Donald E. Stewart, 65 Donald E. Stewart, 65, of Gillespie, died Friday, May 22, 2020, at 7:35 p.m. at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO. Family services will be held. Kravanya Funeral Home in Gillespie is …
Shirley W. Clevenger, 84 Shirley W. Clevenger, 84, of Raymond, died Monday, May 18, 2020, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. Private family graveside services were held Saturday, May 23, in Virden Cemetery, with …
Eunice I. Moore, 87 Eunice I. Moore, 87, of Springfield, died Tuesday, May 26, 2020, at 4:11 a.m. at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. Private funeral services and burial will be held in Oak Ridge Cemetery in …
Jan R. Hadowsky, 65 Jan Ralph Hadowsky, 65, of Pana, died Saturday, May 23, 2020, surrounded by his daughter, Melissa, and sister, Mary. Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 30, at Kennedy and Sons Funeral …
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From The Opinion Page

A GRACE FILLED JOURNEY • Lordy, Lordy, Look Who’s Forty

The other day my husband, Kyle, asked me what I was going to write my monthly column about. I looked at him and said turning 40 with a smile. To which he replied, "feeling flirty?" I can't say …

GUEST COLUMN • Let’s Talk–Really, Really Talk

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Some people assume they are well mentally because they do not have a diagnosed mental illness, they do not use illicit drugs and they don’t take medication …
Letters To The Editor
Outside Dining Rules Are Absolutely Ridiculous

In regard to the new guidelines set forth by our governor, the outside dining rules are absolutely ridiculous. In my opinion it’s nothing more than JB trying to protect himself from the many …

Unacceptable Restrictions On Movement

The media does not give a well-rounded veiw of the pandemic. There are unacceptable restrictions upon the freedom of movement of people.  Closing businesses have created another crisis, maybe …