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County Has Decisions To Make On 911 Consolidation

Members of the Montgomery County Board have decisions to make before 911 services can be consolidated with Christian and Shelby counties, board members learned at their meeting on Tuesday, Dec. …

Hillsboro Council Removes 'Interim' From City Planner

All Hillsboro City Council members were present for their Tuesday, Dec. 10 meeting–the last one for 2019. During the meeting the term "interim" was removed from Jonathon Weyer's city/community …

Guard Unit Will Deploy Next Spring

The Illinois Army National Guard has received notification that approximately 400 Soldiers with the 2nd Battalion, 130th Infantry Regiment will deploy to Afghanistan in Spring 2020. The 2-130th is …

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, …
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Second T. Todt Shootout To Tip Off December 14

The legacy of longtime WSMI radio broadcaster Terry Todt will be on display on Saturday, Dec. 14, as the second annual T. Todt Shootout takes place at the Lincolnwood High School gym. Todt, a …

Lancers Claim Win Over Hiltoppers

Lincolnwood and Hillsboro boys basketball teams have much in common for the 2019/2020 season: both are based in Montgomery County, both have orange and black as school colors, and both have coaching …

Lady Redskins Pull Off Close One

 The Nokomis Lady Redskins had a long bus ride to Metro-East Lutheran on Monday, Dec. 9. They were battling the Lady Knights for a conference game victory.  To start off the game, the …
Obituaries
Mark David Huber, 52 Mark David Huber, 52, of Hamel, formerly of Coffeen, died on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, at 4:45 a.m. at Evelyn’s House Hospice Center in Creve Coeur, MO. Visitation will be held from 2 to 6 …
Zala Alice Meyer, 84 Zala Alice Meyer, 84, of Hillsboro died on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019 at 7:35 p.m. at Hillsboro Area Hospital. A family memorial service, for the family, will be held at a later date. Cremation …
William 'Wild Bill' Norris, 83 William Jeffrey “Wild Bill “ Norris, 83, of Farmersville, formerly of Palmyra, died in his sleep on Wednesday Dec. 11, 2019, at his residence. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 …
Rosalie Ann Towell, 89 Rosalie Ann Towell, 89 of Litchfield, died on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. Visitation will be held on Monday, Dec. 16, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Union Avenue …
Norma 'Annie' Booth, 89 Norma “Annie” Booth, 89, of Sorento, died at 5:20 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, at Hillsboro Rehabilitation and Health Care Center. Visitation will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, …
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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. …