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Jason Black Promoted To Lieutenant

In his more than 20 years of service to the Litchfield Police Department, Jason Black has gone from a a dispatcher to a police officer to a sergeant in his hometown police department. As of Thursday, …

Former Teacher Faces Sex Charges In Fayette County

A Donnellson man who had just begun a career as an Illinois State Trooper was arrested Friday morning, Dec. 6, for sex crimes allegedly committed while he was a teacher in Vandalia. James R. …

Downtown Association Will Bring Christmas To Nokomis

The Downtown Nokomis Association is gearing up for a "Christmas Carol Christmas In Nokomis" on Saturday, Dec. 14. The holiday event will begin with the annual Christmas Parade at 10 a.m. Join …

Litchfield Chamber Plans Country Christmas Event

Holiday festivities will kick off in the City of Litchfield on Saturday, Dec. 14, with the Litchfield Chamber of Commerce's Country Christmas. The holiday celebrations will begin early at 8:30 …
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Panthers Take Two At Annual Super Duals

The Litchfield High School wrestling team hosted Roxana, Carlinville, Auburn, Pinckneyville and PORTA on Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Panthers' annual super duals. The Panthers would come away with …

Toppers Take Lessons With Them From PORTA Dual

Thursday was a learning experience for the Toppers, who took on Jacksonville and PORTA on the Bluejays’ home mats. Hillsboro would put up a fight against the Crimsons, before falling 48-30, …

Balanced Attack Leads Lancers Past Cats

A balanced effort against Mt. Olive led to the Lincolnwood boys basketball team’s second win of the year on Friday, Dec. 6, as the Lancers defeated the Wildcats 47-24. The Lincolnwood …
Obituaries
Randy L. Kistler, 69 Randy L. Kistler, 69, of Olney,  died Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019, at his home. Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, Dec. 2, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Olney. Burial followed at St. …
LaVerne R. Bell, Jr., 51 LaVerne R. Bell, 51, of Nokomis, died on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, at 1:41 p.m. at HSHS St. John's Hospital in Springfield. Visitation will be held Wednesday, Dec. 11, from 5 to 8 p.m. at First …
Myron W. Johnson, 70 Myron W. Johnson, 70, of Palmyra, died  unexpectedly on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. Visitation will be held Tuesday, Dec. 10, from 4 to 5 p.m. at Hoover Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc. in …
Janice K. Foster, 83 Janice Kay Foster, 83, died Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, surrounded by her children and grandchildren. Visitation will be held Friday, Dec. 6, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Stiehl-Dawson Funeral Home in Nokomis. …
Arthur D. Unterbringt, 82 Arthur Dean Unterbrink, 82, of Greenville, died Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019, at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City. No services are scheduled. Burial will be held at a later date. Young …
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GRANDMA'S DIARIES • December 1952: California, He We Come

Grandma and Grandpa pack their suitcases and along with Wayne, Geraldine, Larry and Linda drive across country to visit Alberta, Albert, and Billy Johnston in L.A. Grandma was always an inveterate …

AFTERTHOUGHTS • 'Mystery Of The Moonlight Assassin'

This column connects former sheriffs across two states, and re-tells the story of a man who was murdered in Litchfield in 1939 while sitting in his easy chair, shot by an enemy he never knew he …
Letters To The Editor
Help Salvation Army Provide Year-Long Assistance

As many of you know, the Salvation Army is here in Montgomery County year-round providing temporary emergency assistance to those in need. Much of this could not be possible without the funding we …

Carlinville Mine Permit Hearing Set For Dec. 12

It is important that residents attend the public hearing for the renewal of Shay 1 Mine permits held at the Macoupin County Courthouse, 201 E. Main Street in Carlinville, at 5:30 PM on Thursday, Dec. …