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Spring has sprung in Montgomery County, Illinois!   Spring flowers are blooming. Home gardens are being planted. Farmers are in the fields planting corn and soybeans.   Spring and … more
April 23-29 is National Library Week.   I would like to take a second to write about my own personal love affair with libraries and books. Reading and being read to has been a part of my … more
When G was diagnosed with autism I made two decisions.   The first that I was going to be happy, genuinely happy, because he would have enough difficulty walking in a world that isn’t … more
An influential figure in the City of Litchfield’s history,   Lloyd J. Hill, Sr., served as the principal of Litchfield Community High School for more than two decades, from 1929 to 1953. … more
April showers bring May flowers, green grass, and severe weather!   What a wicked week of wind and rain we had at the beginning of the month! Thankfully we were blessed with a beautiful Easter … more
Our justice system is failing us–one family at a time. Here’s how our family is being impacted. In 1986, my 22-year-old-brother, Glen L. Jones (#N67755), made a bad decision, one … more
April 1956 is unusually cold with a bit of snow. The concern is for the fruit trees, many which are in full bloom. Again I have a sewing project, and I must depend on Grandma to help me avoid a … more
The Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) was a veterans’ organization that began after the Civil War. Originally founded in 1866, in Decatur,   the organization stood for fraternity, charity … more
The older I become, the more grateful I am for my family, not just because daughters Dawn and Jenni have done well in the contemptuous era in which we all struggle at times, and not just because I … more
The landmark Gardens Motel and Restaurant was located at the intersection of the busy Illinois Highway 66 and Route 16 in Litchfield.   In 1978, Lorman and Dorothy Mansholt, of Litchfield, … more
It’s campaign season in Illinois. Billboards and yard signs are sprinkled across the Prairie State promoting candidates running for mayor, city council, county boards, park district boards, and … more
I feel like I’ve always been a grateful person. To that, I credit some strong women in my life who showed me the importance of always being grateful for what I have, even if it’s not … more
Grandma and Grandpa are very busy in March of 1956. So many chores to complete before planting season begins. Of course, they still take their little journeys around the county visiting relatives and … more
Welcome back to Imagine Hillsboro Checks In! This column features a bi-monthly update regarding all things Imagine Hillsboro. The winter months were somewhat quiet, but we have lots of exciting … more
The March 14 county board meeting was a very memorable event. The overflow crowd of citizens was very rewarding to witness.   Going back quite a few years, March 14 ranks as one of the most … more
I was listening to a podcast several years ago, Oprah was interviewing Rainn Wilson.   I can’t remember what the central focus of the episode was anymore, but there was a moment where … more
Happy National Ag Week! March is a great month to celebrate for multiple reasons–National Ag Week, National Ag Day and Spring all arrive this month/week.   Here’s to brighter days … more
Gene and Charlotte Eichar arrived in Litchfield in 1958. The couple had been professional musicians and music educators in Rockford, Jacksonville and Springfield, and were looking for a good market … more
Montgomery County residents and landowners in the pathway of the carbon dioxide pipeline and sequestration sites should support the following legislation, SB2421/HB3119. This bill establishes … more
You done good, Cross Over Ministries!   Poor grammar, yes, but a true statement of all that was accomplished in 2022. Our events that we held, to name a few, were hosting a Mental Health … more
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