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John Corlew was born on Jan. 6, 1813, in Rockcastle County, KY, to Philip and Anna Kincaid Corlew. An early settler, Corlew came to Illinois with his family in 1819, before Montgomery County was … more
Saturday, March 11, marked the third year since the declaration of a global COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Hillsboro commemorated ups and downs during worship with … more
I just read a letter written by Joe Spencer stating that all should be willing to pay their share to defend our given rights. The way our country is going today, I can just see our Founding … more
If you haven’t read Beacons in the Darkness by David Hoekstra yet, I recommend it highly, especially if you’re interested in small towns and the government in each of them. Locally, a few … more
It’s a windy and snowy day as we enter the circle drive at the junior high school. My heart pounds inside my chest as I reach for the button to open the van door. I use my gray sweatshirt to … more
In the aftermath of the sinking of the USS Main in Havana Harbor, Cuba, on Feb. 15, 1898, the United States government faced the ever-increasing reality of a war with Spain. Unprepared, the American … more
As I ran through our list of “to-do” things for the day, a friend of mine looked at me and said, “you’re going to do all that today?” I hadn’t really thought … more
Hello readers, it is time again for another monthly Montgomery County Soil and Water Conservation District Conservation Conversation.   Coming up in the month of March, the Embarras Grazing … more
  Chautauqua, an adult education and social movement, was quickly spreading throughout the county in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and in 1905 the movement found its way to Litchfield. … more
I want to thank everyone who played a part in getting me to the hospital on Friday, Jan. 27. From my family, Hillsboro Area Ambulance Service, all the first responders–too numerous to name … more
Citizens of Nokomis and surrounding areas may not be aware of this since only three landowners were notified by mail and a small notice of the hearing was published in the Free Press Progress … more
We are the 96 percent. Did you catch the commercial during the Super Bowl? Several Illinois farm families were featured in a commercial to help kick off “The Year of the Farmer.” Produced … more
A long-standing landmark in the City of Litchfield, the cannon in Carnegie Park, formerly Library Park, is actually a Parrott rifle that was used extensively in the Civil War. The rifle-bore … more
In your Jan. 30 edition you printed a letter from Mr. Bill Schroeder in regards to HB5471 (gun ban law).   All of Mr. Schroeder’s points are valid. We, the tax-paying citizens, will have … more
A warm heart felt "thank you" goes out to Jeanette Kennedy and Nancy Hollo   for coordinating the ImpactLife platelet drive that was hosted Thursday, Feb. 16, by VFW 3912 Litchfield. Six … more
The long drought breaks during February, so the farmers are more hopeful about having a good year. I believe the entry on Feb. 6 is the first time I have run across the idea of a "shopping center" in … more
“Whoever heard of a coal mine operated by mice?” begins a story from the Nov. 15, 1934, edition of The Montgomery News, shared by Journal-News reader Roger Usher of Irving. While … more
In 1916, Litchfield city officials, businesses and individual citizens joined together to build a factory for the St Louis-based Brown Shoe Company. A fundraising campaign was initiated with city … more
It appears to me that it was a foregone conclusion before the meeting last week about the future of the Hillsboro Moose Lodge that the building was going to be closed. However, now is the time for … more
This is a column I couldn’t have written if I hadn’t been outed in a picture caption in The Journal-News that identified me as the Santa Claus for HHS’ National Honor … more
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