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Revive & Conquer: New Alternative School Is Education Revival

In the dictionary, the definition of a revival is a reawakening or a restoration, whether it be mental, physical or spiritual. In Raymond, Revive is the same thing, a reawakening of educational goals …

Revive Gives At-Risk Students New Chance

"I look forward to coming everyday." "Yesterday, I accidentally missed and I felt so bad about it. I just wanted to get over here." "In this school we get to have the connection between …

Route 185 Head-On Kills Four Saturday

A head-on collision on Route 185 two miles west of Coffeen on Saturday evening, Nov. 16, killed four people sending shock waves of grief through Vandalia and its neighboring communities. Four were …

Man Faces Arson Charge In Fire On Center Street

A Hillsboro man who was arrested at the scene faces a felony charge for allegedly setting the house where he lives on fire on Wednesday, Nov. 13. Dustin Olson, 28, of Hillsboro, has been charged …
Journal-News Sports

Topper Scrimmage Approaching

Twenty-five Hillsboro High boys began preparation for their 2019/2020 basketball season on Monday, Nov. 11; the public's first chance to see them in action will come at the squad's annual Black and …

B1G Opportunities Ahead For Toppers' Eickhoff

Since he was eight-years-old, the goal for Alex Eickhoff has always been to "go big." On Wednesday, Nov. 13, the Hillsboro High School senior made good on that goal, going "B1G," as in the Big Ten …

Senior Panthers Leave Legacy Of Determination

Things turn out best for those who make the best of the way things turn out and such is the case for the Litchfield High School varsity volleyball team as their season ended with an early loss to the …
Obituaries
Earl R. McCormick, 70 Earl R. McCormick, 70, of Greenville, died on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, at HSHS Holy Family Hospital in Greenville. A visitation will be held Saturday, Nov. 23, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Hough and …
Dennis 'Butch' Hollingshead, 78 Dennis "Butch" Hollingshead, 78, of Hillsboro, died on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, at his residence. Cremation rites were accorded. A private burial will be held at a later date. Hough and Sons Funeral …
Mary Blasko, 99 Mary Blasko, 99, of Decatur, died Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, at Randle House in Decatur. Visitation will be held Saturday, Nov. 23, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at St. Louis Catholic Church in Nokomis. A …
Patrick D. Whalen, 90 Patrick "Patty" Dale Whalen, 90, of Morrisonville, died Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, at Life's Journey Senior Living in Taylorville. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at Perfetti-Assalley …
Ronald E. Rhodes, 81 Ronald E. Rhodes, 81, of Irving, died Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, at 7:30 a.m. at Hillsboro Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Hillsboro. Visitation will be held Thursday, Nov. 21, from 10 to 11 …
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From The Opinion Page

Small Snippets: Facing Arch's Anxiety–And My Own

We are in full school mode at the O'Dell house and it is going. Glenn happily gets up at 6:30 a.m., chipper and full of smiles. He gets himself dressed with no more than the monitoring required for …

Guest Column: Squandering Our Grandchildren's Future

Many of us sense our great nation–that city upon a hill–is slipping down the slope, yet we're not sure how to restrain the slide. Our democratic process is wonderful, yet not perfect. …
Letters To The Editor
Letter To The Editor: Be Assured City Is Communicating With School District

I feel a need to respond to the Litchfield News-Herald "Break Time" column of Nov. 8 to offer a different view to some of the comments.  This letter is direct response to the editor for the …

Letter To The Editor: Make A Bumpy Landing Before We Crash

I just read the report on the joint school board meeting of last week. I didn't attend the meeting, but based on the report, I only missed one item of interest.  I hadn't heard that HJHS has …