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Fleming Donates Wall Art At Lake Lou

Artist Carol Fleming donated a beautiful piece of wall art entitled “Sun Rays” to Lake Lou Yaeger recreational area. Fleming, and her husband, Larry Marks, installed this steel …

New COVID-19 Rules Create Business Fines

Gov. JB Pritzker announced his administration would be filing a new emergency rule Friday allowing health authorities to levy fines on establishments that flout masking and capacity …

Litchfield Pot Vote To Be Left To People

“Here we go again, Mayor.” Those words from Alderman Woody Street started off the discussion on the sale of recreational cannabis in Litchfield for the third time in five months. But …

Litchfield Board Hears Reopening Plans

“Litchfield is not going remote learning this evening,” said Superintendent Dr. Greggory Fuerstenau at a special meeting of the Litchfield School Board on Wednesday evening, Aug. 5, in …
Journal-News Sports

Weather Doesn’t Rain On Hertel Tourney Parade

Wet weather on Aug. 1 forced the first Roy L. Hertel Foundation For Better Communities golf tournament to be pushed back a day, but it didn’t dampen the spirits of the teams who signed up to …

Brown Shoe Softball Team Was A Step Above The Rest

In 1940, the headlines on the front page revolved around the German bombings of Britain and President Franklin Roosevelt being elected for a third term. But further back in the pages of …

Hemken Runs Sixth At Spoon River Speedway

It was far from an ideal weekend for racing for Sorento’s Eldon Hemken as rain cancelled his plans to go to Farmer City Raceway on July 31. Fortunately, the WHO2 driver would get some action in …
Obituaries
Joseph F. Boucher, 70 Joseph Frederick Boucher, 70, of Hillsboro, formerly of Litchfield, died on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, at Hillsboro Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Visitation will be held Saturday, Aug. 15, from 11 …
Barbara L. Jackson, 69 Barbara L. Jackson, 69, of Morrisonville, died Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, at 8:04 a.m. at HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. No public ceremonies will be held. She will be cremated. …
James T. Brown, Sr., 80 James Thomas Brown, Sr., 80, of Litchfield, died on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, at 3:39 a.m. at HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. Visitation will be held Saturday, Aug. 15, from 10 a.m. to …
Melba R. Decker, 88 Melba R. Decker, 88, of Carlinville, died on Friday afternoon, Aug. 7, 2020, at her residence. Graveside funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, Aug. 12, beginning at 2:30 p.m. at Brayford …
Martha A. Fudoli, 93 Martha Ann Fudoli, 93, of Marshall, MO, formerly of Hillsboro, died on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, at Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall, MO. Graveside services will be conducted Saturday, Aug. 15, …
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GRANDMA'S DIARIES • August 1953: Plumbing Projects

August 1953 continues the saga of bringing plumbing into the house. No more pumping water from the hand pump in the kitchen and heating it to wash dishes, and best of all no more trips to the …

OLD SETTLERS MEMORIAL PRAYER • Pausing 'In The Garden' To Remember

One of the favorite old time hymns in our Christian community is “In the Garden.” It comes to mind when occasions like this arise, when we pause to remember those who have passed from us …
Letters To The Editor
Thanks, Dennis Held, For Saving The Day

I would like to publicly thank Mr. Dennis Held for saving the day. My 30-year-old deep freeze, filled with food, recently had operational issues. After calling Springfield vendors and checking …

Make Decisions Based On Science, Not Elections

These are certainly unusual times in our community and our country.  Unfortunately, many of our politicians have focused on issues that have little to do with the health and future of our …