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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
It was the faintest of snaps. I was loading the washing machine one day a few weeks ago, and my purple, silicon band, affectionately known as a "gracelet" was stuck above my wrist. I went to move it … more
Wednesday, Oct.18, was a day of celebration at Beckemeyer school as our dad starts his well-deserved retirement. Our father worked for the Hillsboro School district for 48 years. He started just out … more
This is an opportunity for residents to comment on how Deer Run Mine has impacted their health, quality of life, and surrounding environment. Hillsboro Energy LLC has applied for a five-year renewal … more
Samuel E. Simmons, a miner and an individual with a “flair for inventions,” patented his miners’ carbide lamp on Nov. 22, 1910. He began working on a prototype of his lamp in 1909, … more
September and early October was prime time for harvest lunch deliveries. I had the pleasure of working with Country Financial reps around the county to deliver lunches to farmers and their crews in … more
Ray William Schalk, son of Herman Schalk and Hermine Sophie Caroline Brandt, both natives of Germany, was born in Harvel on Aug. 12, 1892. His family moved to Litchfield when he was a toddler. Schalk … more
This editorial was written at the request of the National Newspaper Association and distributed nationwide in celebration of National Newspaper Week. “Newspapers are dead,” a solemn but … more
Some people are big horror movie fans. I do not consider myself to be one of them. In fact, for the most of my life, October’s month long Halloween theme has been something I dreaded. I just … more
Ida Jane Russell was born in the town of Russell, PA, on Jan. 20, 1850. Her parents died when she was five years old and she was sent to live with her aunt and uncle in Dayton, PA. Soon after Ida … more
I don’t see myself as a ranter, though I often acknowledge that trait in others. However, as I’ve listened to the political debate about the student loan situation in our country, I could … more
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