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Back in the early to mid-1950s elementary and junior high teachers were likely to ask their students to write about exciting things they did over summer vacation. It was a frustrating question for me … more
What a great county we live in, where town and country meet. The best overall location in the state. Close to many major highways, hospitals, colleges, lakes, major cities, churches, and we have good … more
How to harness the abundant Illinois wind to improve rural life and farm production was a desire of John H. McDaniel of Windsor. In 1888, he successfully built the New Era Wind Mill and, along with … more
For as long as I can remember, green has been my very favorite color. Now, don’t ask me why, but it’s just always been the top of my list. Since starting A Grace-Filled Journey, I have … more
August of 1956 finds Grandma and Grandpa traveling, first visiting Grandma's sister, Maud, in Tyrone, MO. They are also planning a big trip in September, flying to Los Angeles to spend an extended … more
Saving money and spending money wisely should be a top priority for city government. As city of Nokomis commissioner, I want to assure we keep this a priority. Lee Beckman, a licensed engineer with … more
Illinois politicians should be busy with their "expected" jobs for the state of Illinois: dealing with the budget, law enforcement backing, state issues, etc. But yet, they are so easily distracted … more
Mt. Zion Lutheran Church was established on April 25, 1852, with the oversight of the Reverend Elias Schwartz of Hillsboro. There were 14 charter members: Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Blackwelder, Mr. and … more
Many have followed the news of a police raid of a newspaper office and publisher’s home in Marion, KS, during the past week. A crescendo of news reporting has condemned the police raid as … more
Summer is coming to a close, and boy, has it been busy! At times it felt like we should add catering to our list of services because we were prepping and serving so many lunches! July ended on a … more
The Montgomery County Genealogical Society (MGCS) turned 45 years old on May 21, 2023. The society’s first organizational meeting was held on April 9, 1978, at Kirk Terrace in Litchfield … more
It’s a curious sign of our times that one of the best places that I’ve found to witness candor, compassion, and fun in American politics is the Illinois State Archives’ website. I … more
It's back-to-school time! The Illinois Insurance Association, a state property casualty trade association, and its member companies urge motorists to be alert as kids make their way to and from … more
When someone says that if he is indicted there will be “death and destruction,”that is a threat. Where did the threat of thousands of workers going on strike come from? While I believe … more
Montgomery County was established on Feb. 12, 1821, and was formed from Bond, Madison and Christian Counties. The county was named for Revolutionary War hero General Richard Montgomery who was born … more
When I open my eyes each morning, I look through my south windows facing East Tremont Street to see what the previous night’s weather brought. If the street or my sidewalk is wet, I step out to … more
At some point in my college career I began jotting down quotes that I found pertinent to my life. As a literature major, I read often to meet class assignments, and if an author’s work appealed … more
There are many factors that make or break a farm operation. Since the war started in Ukraine by Russia, American farmers have seen the price of fertilizer double in cost with no end in sight. … more
After serving in the Civil War, Alonzo Fitch McEwen moved to the City of Litchfield. At the age of 19, McEwen had joined Company H of the Ninth Illinois Volunteer Infantry. After his three month … more
The Journal-News offers this prayer to the community as a public service. It is a chance to remember with fondness those who have passed since Old Settlers last year through Monday, July 31. Space … more
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