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It seems like our family will be celebrating a lot of milestones in the year 2020.  Kyle and I will celebrate our 11th wedding anniversary, while Charlotte will turn three and Grace will turn … more
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Recently, my husband and I noticed a beautiful sight in Witt as we were driving through at night time.  There is a blue-lit cross way up in the sky on the top of the grain … more
It is important that residents attend the public hearing for the renewal of Shay 1 Mine permits held at the Macoupin County Courthouse, 201 E. Main Street in Carlinville, at 5:30 PM on Thursday, Dec. … 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
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
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
No one has called me a party animal–ever. I might have attended one birthday party when I was 11 or 12, when a daughter of a friend of my mother's became a teenager and her mom invited a few … 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
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
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
Riots, destruction of property, religious intolerance, and recalcitrance toward the flag–all issues from the pages of any daily newspaper in any city in the country these days. This column, … more
I find it interesting how life allows us brief glimpses of the people our children will become. Small, infinitesimal flashes of their individual characters. The first time I really saw my youngest … more
The Litchfield Museum and Route 66 Welcome Center will once again be open to welcome visitors beginning Wednesday, July 1.   We will return to our normal hours of Monday through Saturday 10 … more
I write to remember and to discover. Especially when I create this column, I seldom know where my thoughts will end. Last month I began writing about Patti Fuller and our school newspaper but bogged … more
I have worked over 27 years in another generating station and as a concerned citizen and resident of this area, these are some of my concerns. Coffeen Power Station (the cleanest plant in the … more
I envision Graham Correctional Center's career technology class updating its software to reflect more current technology. It is almost 2020.  The Practical Microsoft Office 2010 book is … more
As a member of the American Legion and VFW Honor Guard, it is an honor to carry the United States flag during the Old Settlers Day parade.   Almost all of the people along the parade route … 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
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