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I was 26 years old when my first child was born. I knew that having a child would change our lives in the same way that all first-time parents suspect their worlds will shift without really having a … more
American history is largely defined by our wars and the heroes who emerge.  The recent death of World War II Medal of Honor recipient Charles Coolidge of Tennessee reduces our nation to only … more
"Grandma's Diary" readers are the best! Carole Huber, Judy Tucker and Shari Lipe all knew what  the "ham" was that Grandma mentioned. It is a fat, little pillow shaped like a ham that enables … more
You might find this information interesting regarding your local gas and electric provider, Ameren. At Ultimate Collision Center Inc., after we paint your vehicle, we bake on the finish just like … more
One of my bosses at The Journal-News, John Galer, and I were discussing elections last fall. Truthfully, John is more my friend than my boss, but happily that’s been true of most of my … more
This is a “good news” story (we could use a few). I am late to the game here, as you will see, but the story is worth the telling with lessons to be learned. A year or more ago I made … more
Beginning April 1, The Litchfield Museum and Route 66 Welcome Center will be operating under normal hours. We will be welcoming visitors from 10-4 Monday through Saturday, and 1-4 on Sunday. If … more
I’m not in the habit of making new year’s resolutions anymore, simply because it’s often discouraging that I never seem to follow through with them for longer than a week or … more
Congress signed National Vietnam Veterans Day into law under the Vietnam War Veterans Act of 2017. March 29 signifies the date the last American combat troops were withdrawn from Vietnam. This day … more
I never really wanted to be a movie  or a TV star, especially now as an adult. I admit that it would be fun getting dressed up, however I can do that now without being in front of the big … more
March 1954 begins with my brother Jim's ninth birthday, which means Grandma must bake another angel food cake. Some readers may remember when Main Street in Hillsboro was lined with parking meters. … more
My name is Shawn Cady and I’m running for the mayor of the city of Witt.  I’m a graduate of Witt High School and retired from Taylorville Correctional Center. I have lived in Witt … more
I have had several people ask me if I am for building a new school? I believe this is the wrong question.  Instead we should ask, what do our students, faculty and staff need and what does … more
Spring is near and people will start to venture outdoors. With the past year bringing COVID-19 and keeping everyone confined to their homes, fresh air and sunlight will be truly … more
I rarely go back and read anything I have written after I have submitted it to be published.  I find that I don’t have the ability to enjoy my own gifts. I only see the areas of … more
March brings warmer weather, new life, and spring. What a relief! February was cold and I’m glad it’s over.  In Farm Bureau-land I have been focused on several different projects … more
When government fails, it’s the rare public official who says, “Oops. My fault.” That’s human nature, particularly for officials in the public eye who may have to run for … more
On Tuesday afternoon (March 9), I watched as our Litchfield Fire Department experienced a “perfect storm” that tested training and established procedures, with our crew rising above the … more
We needed five.  We really wanted eight.  We got 24! What a heartwarming show of community spirit and generosity at its best!  When the chairmen of the Montgomery County … more
Years ago when the web was created in the 1990s there was a goal that everyone who had a voice could air it on the web.  Back in the day, any and everyone had a voice.  It’s not that … more
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