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I made it. Two weeks ago I reached 80 years of age, in the process attaining a goal I set 30 years ago. I’ve always been a goal setter of sorts, but it’s become a more conscious effort in … more
In 1957, Vic Suhling opened “Vic Suhling Gas for Less” on the spot where the Litchfield Museum and Route 66 Welcome Center is now located. Suhling leased the property from Charles and … more
There it was, staring me right in the face, a positive test for Covid. For the first time since March 2020, the Herschelman family tested positive for Covid. It started with Kyle around Tuesday … more
Several years ago when I was a member of Hillsboro 2000 and Beyond, we were looking for a fundraiser to help pay for Christmas lights for the downtown area.   I suggested the Snow Princess with … more
As I was transcribing Grandma's Diary for November 1956, I was hit with a wave of homesickness. I have such bright memories of family holidays, weiner roasts, and Grandma's cooking. I hope everyone … more
Hillsboro Energy’s Deer Run Mine is seeking renewal of their mining permits from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR).  Their original permit #399 included acreage for … more
The following article is taken from the Aug. 4, 1910, edition of the Litchfield News Herald. The Truth About Litchfield A city of opportunities on two trunk lines between Chicago and St. … more
I am dismayed about a decision made by our county’s Building and Grounds Committee as detailed in the Nov. 16 issue of The Journal-News. According to the article (page 6, column 4, … more
Back in August, I mapped out my columns for the next seven or eight months. November was supposed to cover Martin Scorsese and his latest film, “Killers Of The Flower Moon,” starring my … more
At Hearts United we deal with the most disadvantaged and struggling members of Litchfield–a segment of our population in great need. Imagine for a moment not having a safe place to sleep, … more
The Litchfield Sesquicentennial Book identifies a plethora of streets in the city of Litchfield that were renamed.   It is reported that the reasons for name changes and dates of the changes are … more
In July 2022 a coward opened fire on a crowd enjoying an Independence Day parade in Highland Park, Illinois.   Seven people died; 48 others were injured. That alleged shooter is due back in … more
Veterans Day ceremonies aren’t funerals, but there are definitely some similarities to these events and when a member of the military is laid in his or her final resting place. That might be … more
The Illinois Insurance Association reminds motorists to be on the lookout for deer in the coming weeks. Drivers may have little time to react when deer linger, step onto or leap across the … more
On Nov. 14, 1875, three sisters from the Order of St. Francis in Prussia arrived in Litchfield to care for residents until such time as enough money could be raised to build a hospital.   The … more
For the first time in a decade or two, I felt hope for the county’s future, and thus the country’s, when I descended the stairs after attending the mayors’ meeting Wednesday, Oct. … more
Work on the City of Litchfield’s Soldiers’ Monument, the 30-foot-tall monolith at the entrance to Elmwood Cemetery, began soon after the Civil War ended. The monument was made by Alonzo … more
As October begins, Grandma and Grandpa are still with Alberta and family in California. They finish their trip with a tour of Knotts Berry farm where Grandma may have been tempted to buy a monkey to … more
Sight, smell, hearing, touch and taste are best known as our five senses. Most of us learned about the five senses in kindergarten or first grade. We gave it more thought in our upper-level science … more
Dave Jackson, former editor of the Litchfield News Herald, had the following to say about Ted Simmons, who was his friend and coworker: “Ted Simmons, who wrote sports for the News-Herald for a … more
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