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The other day my husband, Kyle, asked me what I was going to write my monthly column about. I looked at him and said turning 40 with a smile. To which he replied, "feeling flirty?" I can't say … more
In regard to the new guidelines set forth by our governor, the outside dining rules are absolutely ridiculous. In my opinion it’s nothing more than JB trying to protect himself from the many … more
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Some people assume they are well mentally because they do not have a diagnosed mental illness, they do not use illicit drugs and they don’t take medication … more
Since I was a boy growing up in rural Illinois post-World War II, American agriculture has achieved momentous productivity increases, from about 45 bushels an acre of corn back then to an average of … more
You certainly don’t need us to tell you that 168 has been a heckuva year. Yes, we know the calendar says it’s 2020, but if you look on the front page of today’s issue–on … more
Nature has a way of speaking volumes–if we will only listen.  And nature also has a way of opening our eyes to some truths that we might not have been able to express on our own.  … more
The media does not give a well-rounded veiw of the pandemic. There are unacceptable restrictions upon the freedom of movement of people.  Closing businesses have created another crisis, maybe … more
Grandpa’s birthday–his 77th–is May 2, so the family gathers for a celebration. Grandma fixes toasted chicken for the dinner. I looked through my cookbooks and even explored on the … more
I like to think that I've learned a thing or two during my 80-plus years on Earth. I've been lucky enough to have had good advice (which I usually took) and many helping hands along the … more
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought home health and safety responsibilities as never before.  In this regard, the Montgomery County Board has even more issues to handle for its residents. … more
It was Monday morning, May 4, when my wife called me to the utility room to show me the reduced water flow in the sink.  Suspecting a possible problem in the water system, we began filling … more
Back in the summer of 2010, while I was living in Springfield, I received a call from my mom telling me that my Grandma Mollet wasn't doing very well. She was in the nursing home in Greenville, and … more
I’ve always liked words, especially written words. I’ve found the spoken word to be slippery; speeches, especially political ones, have been a turn-off, literally when it comes to … more
Editor’s Note: This column was written by 2010 Hillsboro High School graduate Megan Turner, a former staff member at The Mt. Olive Herald. Her grandmother, Kathy Blankenship of Coffeen found it … more
Let’s face it. It’s been a long month for all of us. Our “normal” routines have been stripped away, and we are unable to do many of the things that bring all of us so much … more
When reading the newspaper, I noticed under the “court” heading that there were several domestic battery charges. Dealing with the present virus and not knowing what will happen next … more
Hello, Hillsboro! It is now week five of the self-isolation. Because of the lack of activity in the community, I decided to interview 12 different students of various ages about their experiences … more
I have an affinity for affirmations. Words, quotes, lyrics–I gather them like precious jewels. Sometimes they are words of wisdom and guidance, sometimes questions to focus on throughout my … more
Over the past few weeks, we have all experienced one of the most extraordinary situations of our lives, the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.   With the onset of this illness and the resulting … more
April was always baby chick month, one of my favorite times at the farm. The little red brooder house which had big windows and a peaked roof sat next to the garden on the east side of the house. … more
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