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Located in a brick building at 218 W. Ryder Street, Blatter Motor Sales was established in 1933, when Paul Blatter, Jr., succeeded W. C. Striegel as Litchfield’s dealer for Chrysler and … more
Life in the newspaper business can present a challenge to quality family time together. There are paper nights, meeting nights and sports nights.   Over the years, we have been able to … 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 February, the Montgomery County … more
Henry Harrison Beach was born in Cooperstown, NY, on Aug. 4, 1827. He moved to Litchfield at the age of 30, bringing engines and equipment to start a foundry and machine shop. This effort was highly … more
I am writing to thank Hillsboro​​-area residents for sharing the true meaning of Christmas with children in need this past holiday season. Generosity throughout contributed to a successful … more
Governor Pritzker and a majority of the General Assembly have clearly demonstrated their contempt for the rights of all Illinois citizens by passing HB5471. As a result of this blatant violation … more
As a past mayor of Hillsboro, the son of a Moose member, and a former Moose member who dropped due to health reasons, I would like to encourage a solution that would allow our Moose lodge to reopen. … more
Welcome back to Imagine Hillsboro Checks In! If this is your first time joining us, welcome. This column features a bi-monthly update regarding all things Imagine Hillsboro. We hope everyone had a … more
Meeting season is still in full swing as we kick off the new year.   Several upcoming events are on the Farm Bureau calendar, and I wanted to be sure to share those with you. Carbon … more
Litchfield’s first mayor, William Enos Bacon, was born in New York in 1821. He may never have stepped foot in Montgomery County if it weren’t for his father’s death, when he was a … more
This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Litchfield Museum.   The board has decided to mark the occasion with special events all year long! The Journal-News has generously agreed to … more
January 1956 is really cold for much of the month, so Grandma and Grandpa tend to necessary chores around the farm. Since they like to be on the go, they continue to visit family and friends. Linda … more
The Ariston, long a landmark fixture along Route 66 in Litchfield, was first opened in Carlinville in 1924, by Pete Adam, a native of Dirveni, Greece. Six years later, in 1930, the construction of … more
Two years after the deadly attack on our country on Jan. 6, 2021, it’s hard to ignore that the House of Representatives is now controlled by those who embraced and fueled Trump’s big lie. … more
During the civil rights struggles of the 1960s, many of the largest–and bloodiest–demonstrations were in the South. A series of violent clashes in Illinois in 1966, however, surprised … more
The community gathered to watch American Radiator lay the cornerstone of their Litchfield plant on June 9, 1904. Litchfield’s American Radiator Plant occupied 28 acres on the southeast edge of … more
I sincerely hope everyone in the world has a great 2023; my world view is more inclusive than that of some people I know. I really expect my new year to be less stressful than my last 20 because of … more
Located along the “Mother Road,” the 66 Motel Court boasted thirty rooms with exterior entrances. Each of the living quarters was simply furnished with items that would be considered … more
As we head into the new year, I am excited for efforts to make 2023 the “Year of the Farmer.” Illinois Farm Families, a coalition comprised of the Illinois Farm Bureau and Illinois … more
In the stillness and quiet of the day after Christmas, I sit back to enjoy a few less-busy moments than the rest of the month. Don’t get me wrong. I love all the Christmas things. From … more
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