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Consolidation. It's a word that has been the center of a lot of discussion lately. Where school consolidation is concerned, we have already expressed in this space how we believe pooling of … more
November 1952 was election time for the country. Grandma's notes about the election remind us that the partisan divide we see today is nothing new. Both Eisenhower and Stevenson supporters were just … more
Seeing the posts on Facebook and listening to the stories related to the closing of the Coffeen Power Plant is heartbreaking.  Generations of Montgomery County people at the plant have worked … more
Novellas are often shorter than this series of reminisces about the Preface, the once-alive HHS newspaper. Not only was I allowed to continue sponsoring the high school paper after the first year … more
Current "must win at all costs" campaigning–where big money and trashing one's opponent in a close race seem de rigueur–may be at the heart of what ails American politics. There are other … more
Beginning Nov. 1, the Litchfield Museum and Route 66 Welcome Center will be operating under winter hours. We will be welcoming visitors from 10 to 4 Tuesday through Saturday, and will be closed on … more
Just for one night, let's put aside the fact that many of us bleed purple and white or orange and black. Just for one night, let's come together and talk about some really great opportunities for … more
Wednesday when my daughter and I were in Hillsboro, our hearts were touched when we saw the different police cars from different areas honoring the K-9. These dogs are not just half-hearts.  … more
Nearly five decades ago Hillsboro High School was asked to be part of a new recycling effort.  The Biology Club, which I sponsored, was asked to help.   Back then the Biology Club helped … more
I muse widely, yet my knowledge base is quite narrow. So, I could sure use help from thoughtful readers who know more than I about the topics below, which I am beginning to explore for possible … more
I read the letter from Larissa Todt, "Please consider creative solutions to save recycling" in the Sept. 20 issue regarding the recent closure of the recycling centers throughout the county. Yes, … more
Way back in the day when you could make treats to take to school, we would make Halloween pumpkin cookies each year to take to our classmates during the Halloween party at elementary school. For … more
Political corruption in Illinois is back in the news. (When did it leave?) A reader writes: Why so much corruption, and so little in neighboring states? I respond that we have in Illinois a … more
The open house regarding groundwater quality near Coffeen Power Plant will be held Monday, Oct. 7, from 6-7:30 p.m. at Coffeen Elementary School gymnasium, located at 200 School Street in … more
This "Ramblings" began in May, when a donut and a compliment from Patti (White) Fuller began a train of remembrances of my experience as a would-be farmer, teacher, coach, and high school newspaper … more
Growing up in my house, Columbus Day was not just a school holiday, it was one of my favorite days of the year. My Grandma and Grandpa Hutson would come and spend the whole day at our house making … more
I was greatly dismayed to hear of the impending closing of several recycling centers throughout the county and the shaky future of the recycling program as a whole. I care deeply about the city … more
The response to last week's survey concerning recycling issues in Montgomery County was gratifying in terms of numbers (99 voted–44 snail mail, 34 e-mail, 11 facebook, eight left at the paper, … more
Recently 2,256 bodily remains were discovered in the home of a deceased abortionist. This should have sparked a national outrage.  Vice President Pence did remark about the tragic … more
In response to a recent essay of mine about our state's perilous load of debt and unfunded obligations, a reader asked: Why so much red ink? The answer lies in an unsavory stew of human nature; our … more
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