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In January 1954, my little sister Connie celebrated her third birthday. Grandma always provided a special angel food cake for our birthdays. The best angel food cake I've ever tasted. Of course, … more
This letter is in resolute opposition to Senate Amendment #2 to HB163 by the Montgomery County Board Finance Committee.  The committee has reviewed the impact this abhorrent legislation would … more
Years ago Judy and I bought an RCA console stereo from Big Ed in Litchfield. A wonder of its mid-60s era, it had a turntable, an AM/FM radio that would pull in stations from far away, especially on … more
The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University asked me to do some noodling about the future of Illinois. I have mentioned this to several friends. The responses: a roll of … more
I am a resident at Tremont Ridge in Hillsboro and recieve The Journal-News bi-weekly. I appreciate the fact that someone in the churches of Hillsboro thought about us all for Christmas and sent … more
When Disney announced that Frozen 2 would be released on Disney+ in March instead of June, it was as if my three-year-old was able to celebrate Christmas and her birthday all over again. For … more
One year for Christmas, a friend gave me a bookmark with the saying, “Life doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful.” And it’s a mantra I’ve taken to heart over the … more
Politically, Illinois House Speaker and state Democratic Party Chairman Mike Madigan is a dead man walking. The recent ComEd admissions of a decade of bribery killed him. And so, the struggle for … more
After 46 years in the electrical field and 41 years of service to the Witt and surrounding areas as Weitekamp Electric Co., we are announcing our upcoming retirement in 2021. I plan on working … more
As we look back on the past year, we would like to take this opportunity to thank the citizens of Litchfield and the surrounding area for their support.  We appreciate each new item that has … more
Every Who down in Whoville liked Christmas a lot . . .  But the Virus, who infected Whoville, Did not!   The Virus hated Christmas! The whole Christmas season! Now, please … more
The past month has brought new experiences to Farm Bureau. Two meetings that have been held in person for over 100 years were hosted in a different format.  The Montgomery County Farm Bureau … more
The true spirit of Christmas is giving, blessing others, and new beginnings.   At the same time Christmas can be traumatic for many people, especially children in foster care.   Kellie … more
Thank you, thank you, Montgomery County Fair Board personnel. Yes, a big thank you is in order to certain members of the Montgomery County Fair who recently donated their saws and time to trim the … more
And so another year ends for Grandma and Grandpa. 1953 has been so dry. Folks began hauling water during the summer, because many wells had run dry, and they are still having to haul water to fill … more
It’s always been hard to say good-bye to a friend, whether the farewell comes from a change of location because of a career move or because of the most permanent change, death. One of the … more
While some people are content with Biden their time, I am not one of those.   If you don’t get your news from Steven Colbert, the View, CNN, and a host of other Chinese funded … more
Many times in my walk with God I have struggled to understand the ins and outs of why I go through certain things.  Sometimes my pain is caused by my own doing, while other times it’s … more
“Irving Sailor Missing Three Years Arrived Home Friday Unannounced,” a headline in the Oct. 8, 1945 edition of The Hillsboro Journal proclaimed. The sailor was Bill Collins, who had … more
Author Moïra Fowley-Doyle once wrote, “if you’re not careful, you can spend your whole life looking for what you’ve lost.” This fall, mom and I took Charley with us on … more
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