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Last week, the Montgomery County School Study Commission presented a vision for the county, which includes a consolidated school district, between Hillsboro, Litchfield and possibly the Panhandle … more
I've been doing a lot of thinking lately, maybe even more than usual. I have one of those unfortunate minds that rarely stops, which contributes to sometimes fascinating, often irrational and … more
Almighty God, In the past year, our Father, we have praised Thee in prayer; we have also offered supplications to Thee for our nation's health, our neighbors' health, and our own health. Forgive … more
At the convenience store in my rural town, there is a new "wall" of plastic boxes filled with colorful lottery instant-game tickets, right on the counter, crowding my effort to check out; you can't … more
Early in the afternoon of July 17, I began to feel sick. As the day progressed, I became sicker. I chose to not go to the emergency room at the hospital, but wait until the next day to see the … more
The Hillsboro Area Hospital Summer Lunch Program (SLP) recently finished its 2019 program, serving nearly 1,500 summer meals to children in Hillsboro, Witt, and Irving.   The SLP provides … more
Maybe it's because Kyle and I have restarted doing Weight Watchers, but I've had a bit of a sweet tooth lately. And it seems only fitting to share one of our favorite family desserts. I'll be … more
I may be the only Hillsboro native who "made the line" to become a member of a world class drum and bugle corps.  In the past couple of years two different corps have stopped in Hillsboro for … more
The crops are all in now, so  weather and weeding will determine whether 1952 will be a boom or bust year for county farmers.  As the heat builds during July the crops suffer, but the weeds … more
It is important for residents to attend the public hearing that will be held at the Carlinville Public Library, 510 N. Broad St. in Carlinville, at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 18.   It covers … more
I originally thought about titling this month's column "Oops, I Did It Again," but thought it might be a little misleading. My husband, Randy, would probably say it should be "Oh, No, Not Again!" I … more
I couldn't help but notice the I-55 death in your paper.   I believe that the design of the entrance and exit ramps could be improved.  I may be mistaken, but it looks to me that the on … more
Great news for Navy veterans of the Vietnam War.  President Trump signed the Blue Water Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019 into law on June 25.  Years of work by the American Legion, the Veterans … more
Mike Plunkett, the Galer family, and staff have really improved our Journal-News to a truly fantastic publication. The recent article on the treason case from the 1930s was wonderful.  The … more
The Jan. 7, 1935, front page of The Hillsboro Journal trumpeted the climax to a depression-era story that thrust Montgomery County into the national spotlight: "'Treason' Case Not To Come To … more
I spent several years asking different people for advice, looking up how to publish a book, even going back to college, but it wasn't until a few months back that my dreams came true. And, after … more
If I were a runner, I'd sense I am in the home stretch. At 75, I don't know how much longer I'll be striding down life's track, but I am self-aware enough to know I've run farther than the distance I … more
Although I always say that spaghetti is my very favorite food, I would have to say that pizza comes in a close second, very close. And if I'm being totally honest, my favorite is just plain old … more
The Fourth of July holiday is approaching fast.  Independence Day is a time to celebrate, reflect on freedom and of course, enjoy fireworks.   Federal, state and local laws and … more
Two weeks ago, our 20-foot pontoon made its last sailing while in our name, heading east, not toward the sunrise but instead to Mattoon on Route 16. I'm kind of glad I wasn't yet home from work to … more
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