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The week in which 2020 became 2021 saw 206 new COVID-19 coronavirus cases in Montgomery County and two more deaths. The deaths–the 22nd and 23rd in Montgomery County from the … more
Nokomis residents may be experiencing water interruption until further notice, according to Emergency Services and Disaster Agency Coordinator Joe Gasparich. A break in a major water line near the … more
One might conclude Hillsboro will need a King Solomon and all his wisdom to appear, before Thanksgiving if possible, after the city council and a pair of West Summer Street residents presented their … more
Alex Alonzo Perez, newborn son of Juan and Juana Alonzo Perez of Litchfield, is the winner of The Journal-News "First Baby of the Year" contest. He was delivered by Dr. Laura Watt at HSHS St. … more
Mayor Jim VanOstran called the meeting of Witt City Council to order with the Pledge of Allegiance at 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, Feb. 23. Aldermen John Bauerle, Kenny Vallelonga, Dave Cearlock, Jay … more
The students at St. Louis Catholic School (SLS) in Nokomis were in session on Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11, and even hosted some very special guests as part of their Lunch with a Hero … more
“I really believe in this community and the wonderful group of people who live here,” said Beth Cherry, who has been named the new executive director of the Litchfield Chamber of … more
While the number of new cases and the positivity rate continues to drop, the number of deaths from the post-holiday COVID-19 surge has not. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has … more
Beginning Saturday, Feb. 27, all local calls made within the 217 area code will need to be placed using the ten-digit telephone number, the Illinois Commerce Commission insreminding. On Feb. 27, … more
One Montgomery County school district went to all-remote learning for at least a week, and outbreaks began in two long-term care facilities as COVID-19 coronavirus cases continue to climb. As of … more
On Jan. 1, 2020, the State of Illinois made the sale of recreational marijuana legal to those 21 and over. Despite COVID-19 and problems with the licensing process, in the first ten months of the … more
Whether it be through consolidation or deactivation, the combining of the Panhandle and Morrisonville school districts has been discussed often for more than a decade, with Morrisonville nixing a … more
The Panhandle School Board approved a proposal to co-op all sports at the junior high and high school level with Morrisonville on Monday, Feb. 22, which figuratively puts the ball in the … more
Students who are not succeeding at remote learning this semester may have to return to classroom next semester, members of the Hillsboro School Board debated during a lengthy meeting on Tuesday, Nov. … more
On Monday, Jan. 25, the regularly scheduled Nokomis City Council meeting was called to order by Mayor Mike Holliday.  Council members present included Holliday, Commissioners Louis Stauder, … more
Mayor Mike Holliday called the scheduled meeting of the Nokomis City Council to order on Monday, Feb. 22, with Commissioners Ann Brookshire, Louis Stauder, Derek Durbin and Jocko Nash, along with … more
Hillsboro now has a Future Land Use Planning Committee in place as the three city council members (Daniel Robbins was not present) who met Tuesday evening, Jan. 26, approved the appointment of Rex … more
As Hillsboro’s acting mayor and Finance Commissioner Katie Duncan said during the Tuesday evening, Feb. 23, city council meeting, “We have to do it, but I don’t like it.” Most … more
“No matter the age, there’s just something magical about Disney,” said Raymond native Laura Wagahoff, who is now the owner of It’s a Small World Adventures travel … more
Mayor Jim VanOstran called the meeting of Witt City Council to order with the Pledge of Allegiance at 7:05 p.m., on Tuesday, Jan. 26. Aldermen Tim Taylor and John Bauerle, Mayor VanOstran and City … more
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