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I begin with a disclaimer. I am very happy with my past career. I didn’t become wealthy, but as long as I hustled (not in street lingo–I never had a street hustle–but as long as I … more
As a lifelong Illinoisan, I have never felt prouder or safer to be a resident of this state. Gov. JB Pritzker and his administration are setting a precedent for pandemic response in a time of fear … more
This unprecedented time of quandary for our generation has reckoned us to a new appreciation for the basics of daily living. In Taylorville, we who are employed on the school buses have been … more
Just two weeks ago, I walked into the office and the assignment board was full of photo orders as we geared up for an always hectic spring season.  There were team photos for spring sports, … more
The last week, since the Coronavirus stay at home order has been put in place, I have been wondering what I can do to help others in need. Since I myself am considered high risk, I'm limited on my … more
The following letter was submitted by Nelma Lawton of Hillsboro. She is the wife of Hillsboro United Methodist Church minister, Pastor Mike Lawton. The letter was written by her friend, Cathy … more
Thank you, Dr. Balen, for the beautiful prayer and picture of the Blessed Mother submitted to The Journal-News during the Coronavirus pandemic. more
For the past 168 years, the staff at The Journal-News, and its predecessors have been dedicated to bringing Montgomery County the most up-to-date local news. From happy news, like births and … more
"You have to be confident enough to be courageous in the right moments." - Brian McNamee, Vice-President Amgen, public education advocate and youth mentor. In 1999 I was a young associate pastor … more
As the scope and threat of the coronavirus pandemic becomes clear, people all over the world hunger for two things: an effective vaccine and truthful information about the disease. The former may … more
Thank you to the women of Calvary Baptist Church of Taylorville for their “Plan the Peace” event hosted Friday evening, March 13. The event featured a testimony of calm and faith … more
“Hey Mom,” piped Archie’s tiny voice from the backseat. “Do you know about rainbow wizards?” “Rainbow wizards? No, but I definitely want to hear about … more
When President Trump implemented his tax cuts, as senior citizens on basically fixed income, we weren't sure we would personally benefit from those tax cuts, but we have benefited. This is … more
My brother, Jim, celebrates his eighth birthday with a party that causes Mom to curse the second amendment. Grandma and I visit the library. We shared a great love for the library in Hillsboro. It … more
I feel a rant coming on, most of it school related. The need to rant began when I read the help-wanted display ad dated Jan. 20 in The Journal-News. Four coaching positions are open at Hillsboro … more
"Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain." I’ve been thinking about that quote a lot lately, trying to lift myself out of a pity … more
Is the glass half full or half empty? Life has given me enough experiences that my general set-point is to be relieved that there is water in my glass at all, regardless of the level. In his book … more
Brent Land of Litchfield brought a yellowed copy of The Hillsboro Journal from Aug. 3, 1944 into the office last week. Published as the allies were fighting their way through Europe on the way to … more
The ones in Washington trying to overthrow the president are not just trying to get rid of him, but our way of life–our political system. This started before he was ever sworn in.  … more
February brings the loss of loved ones. Henry Eckhoff, a long time neighbor, passed away early in February. Later a family friend, Bert Pope, died. Grandma's brother, Jesse Newport, passed away after … more
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