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Dear Editor, I have lived in Litchfield nearly my entire life. It is here that my husband and I have chosen to settle and raise a family and grow deep roots for our lives. It is important to me … more
As the high school and college basketball seasons wind down, my thoughts ramble back to the more enjoyable seasons I spent affiliated with Hillsboro High basketball. In the years from 1986 until … more
I’ve been hearing people that are talking about TIF money being used in the city of Litchfield. So I started asking questions in an attempt to try to understand this whole thing. The state … more
My family has always loved celebrating. Growing up, there were surprise birthday parties, fun Easter egg hunts and summer cookouts just to get together. Due to the schedule at the newspaper, … more
February of 1957 is rather a slow news month for the family and community. The biggest concern on the farm seems to be the health of the cows. Tests for grandma and grandpa's cow, bloating for one of … more
“The Fugitive” isn’t a Valentine's Day movie. Or at least, it doesn’t take place on Valentine’s Day. I’ve spent the last month convincing myself foolishly … more
In the first week of 2024 I received a welcome invitation to a great dining experience when youngest granddaughter Kamryn and her “fellow,” Drew, called me to say her mom (my daughter … more
You are invited to attend this public hearing in solidarity with farmers who are impacted by Foresight Energy’s mining operation. IDNR’s public hearing at the Montgomery County … more
I’ve always been a bit on the creative side and love to work on projects. I spent ten years in the Montgomery County 4-H program, and enjoyed working on a variety of projects over the years. … more
Welcome back to Imagine Hillsboro Checks In! This column features a bi-monthly update regarding all things Imagine Hillsboro. After taking November off, we are excited to get back to our regularly … more
Resilience, as defined by the American Psychological Association, is “the process and outcome of successfully adapting to difficult or challenging life experiences, especially through mental, … more
January of 1957 is extremely cold. The subzero temperatures keep local farmers busy feeding and watering livestock and thawing pipes. I was put in charge of supervising my sister, Connie’s … more
Hello and happy new year! The holidays provided a nice break, as well as  time spent with family, and now we are back on the meeting bandwagon. The new year brings several opportunities to grow … more
Dear Editor, Illinois Department of Natural Resources has scheduled a public hearing at the Montgomery County Historic Courthouse for submission of comments on the renewal application by Hillsboro … more
According to my notes, I watched a hundred movies in full this year, although I estimate that to be about ten or 15 films too low. If I included the films that I have watched at least a good chunk … more
I’m going to wish all Journal-News readers “Happy New Year” by rambling about an emotional high point of my life that almost overwhelmed me beginning in mid-November of last year. … more
In the Monday, Dec. 18, edition of The Journal-News many of you may have read “EPA, IDOA Report Show Water Pollution Increases.” The article dealt with the Biennial Report of the Nutrient … more
I’ve been around the newspaper business my entire life, long enough for my dad to claim that I have ink running through my veins. He’s probably not wrong. I have so many memories … more
The Litchfield Museum and Route 66 Welcome Center Association greatly appreciates all those who have supported us during our first 10 years.  Both The Journal-News and the News Herald have … more
In late October, amidst the enchanting ambiance of Rome, where cobblestone streets echo with centuries of history, I found myself strolling through the magical “This is Wonderland” event … more
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