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On Thursday, Jan. 16, over 90 kindergartners at Madison Park Elementary School in Litchfield received their first lesson from the iDREAM program.  The iDREAM curriculum will be offered to … more
The Eisentraut family of Hillsboro is ringing in the new year with some "Grand" plans to bring more life to downtown Hillsboro. Owners of the Orpheum Theatre in Hillsboro, Jeff and Julie … more
In a unanimous decision, members of the Montgomery County Board decided to table a resolution to dissolve the county's Emergency Telephone Services Board (911) for one month. Board member Richard … more
Hillsboro's city council okayed a new Parks and Recreation Fee Schedule as recommended by the Natural Resources Committee at their first meeting of 2020 held Tuesday night, January 14. All council … more
Following a motion to approve November's minutes, members of the Schram City Village Board entered into executive session, where they spent 20 minutes discussing employee pay raises during their … more
The first 2020 meeting of the Nokomis city council was called to order on Monday, Jan. 13, by Mayor Russ Foster.  All council members were present. It was an extremely expedient council … more
To cope with the ripple effect from the closure of Coffeen Power Plant, Hillsboro School Board members began discussing budget savings moves that range from cutting significant programs to changing … more
Montgomery County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) held their 79th annual meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 14, at the University of Illinois Extension Center in Hillsboro. There were … more
Pizza Man  in Litchfield is well-known for helping those in need in and around the community of Litchfield. And Saturday Jan. 11, was no different. The establishment catered a free lunch … more
Around 200 people showed up for an informational meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 8, in Sorento, where many feel they are in a fight to save their school. The meeting was the third in as many days … more
The 61st annual Miss Illinois County Fair Queen Pageant will be held Thursday, Jan. 16 through Sunday, Jan. 19 at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield. The pageant will be held in conjunction with the … more
A Springfield woman with local family was found dead after a fire broke out at her home at around 5:46 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11. Abby Neisler, 24, was discovered by firefighters battling the … more
A task force formed to study ways to reduce property tax burden on Illinois residents is calling for consolidation of school districts and other local units of government and a boost in the state's … more
Members of the Montgomery County Board have a decision to make regarding the location of 911 dispatch services, so to help them make it they heard from the state 911 administrator, the … more
The Montgomery County Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities (CEO) board is seeking young students for their program. The program is called CEO because the program, which began in 2015-2016, has … more
Lincoln Land Community College is looking for volunteer tutors to assist with the adult education program at its Hillsboro, Litchfield and Taylorville locations.  Laura Lessman, LLCC adult … more
Born at 4:23 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, at HSHS St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield, Darin Eugene Romano Jr. won the historic Journal-News first baby contest. The son of Regina and Darin Romano … more
Two men were arrested on Wednesday, Jan. 1, in connection  with multiple burglaries, according to Montgomery County Sheriff Rick Robbins, and additional arrests are pending. Grant A. Allen, … more
Work on replacing the HVAC system at city hall in Litchfield will take a little bit longer after the city council decided to reject the lone bid the city received for the project during their first … more
Just in time for all those New Year's resolutions to eat better and get healthier, Fusion Fitness and Aquatics in Hillsboro is launching its 11th annual Lighten Up For Montgomery County weight-loss … more
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