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In the first four days of the first week of the new year, the Montgomery County Health Department reported 160 new cases of COVID-19 coronavirus. Daily updates by the health department reported 20 … more
Kroger’s Central Division has announced  the decision to close its store in Nokomis. The decision follows extensive evaluation of the store’s financial performance. Company … more
Hillsboro High School is proud to announce the introduction of a new student-led advocacy program called ¨Sources of Strength¨ which is the first of its kind in the state of Illinois.  … more
The joy of a new year was doubled in Nokomis as donors matched the $10,000 challenge set forth by an anonymous couple who wanted to make their contribution to the Nokomis Memorial Park Pool project … more
Democratic state Sen. Andy Manar of Bunker Hill announced Monday he will resign from the General Assembly effective Jan. 17 to join the governor’s office as an advisor two days later. The … 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
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
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
“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
Often items of sentimental value are handed down from generation to generation: quilts, figurines, maybe even a cake stand or two. And sometimes that item is an airplane. Ok, not usually, but … more
In the week after Christmas, COVID-19 coronavirus cases in Montgomery County have sharply spiked, according to daily information provided by the Montgomery County Health Department. Through the … more
The Nokomis City Council held their last regularly scheduled meeting of the year on Monday, Dec. 28, with council members present in the room: Mayor Mike Holliday, Commissioners Ann Brookshire, Louis … more
A Springfield woman faces two felonies, and charges on other suspects are pending after a vehicle was stolen from Capri IGA in Hillsboro on Christmas Eve. Christina A. Fickas, 30, of Springfield … more
Don Downs was the only candidate to file for election to the office of mayor of Hillsboro in the April consolidated election. Downs, who is currently serving in his second term as commissioner on … more
The assessed value of the shuttered Coffeen Power Plant will decrease by nearly one third, according to assessment changes published on the notice page of today’s edition. The tax value of … more
When a new year begins in Illinois, there typically are dozens if not hundreds of new laws going into effect.   Not this year. Like so many other things in 2020, the legislative spring … more
The great Walt Disney once said, “If you can dream it, you can do it.” And that’s something one former Hiltopper has taken to heart, creating magic behind the scenes at the … more
Free weekend COVID-19 rapid testing at Litchfield Family Practice Center will continue through the month of January, according to the Montgomery County Health Department. The antigen tests are … more
The slow-but-sure pace by which schools in Montgomery County have been losing students over the past several decades picked up speed during the 2020-21 school year. Overall for the four public … more
Fusion Fitness and Aquatics in Hillsboro is kicking off the 12th annual Lighten Up for Montgomery County Challenge with the start of the new year. The 12-week weight loss competition will start … more
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