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I envision Graham Correctional Center's career technology class updating its software to reflect more current technology. It is almost 2020.  The Practical Microsoft Office 2010 book is … more
As a member of the American Legion and VFW Honor Guard, it is an honor to carry the United States flag during the Old Settlers Day parade.   Almost all of the people along the parade route … more
Early in the afternoon of July 17, I began to feel sick. As the day progressed, I became sicker. I chose to not go to the emergency room at the hospital, but wait until the next day to see the … more
I am not a stranger to the term tedious, so when granddaughter  Kamryn told me a task I had assigned to her was "too tedious to complete," my reply was, "Tediousness is common in everyday life, so … more
The Hillsboro Area Hospital Summer Lunch Program (SLP) recently finished its 2019 program, serving nearly 1,500 summer meals to children in Hillsboro, Witt, and Irving.   The SLP provides … more
At the convenience store in my rural town, there is a new "wall" of plastic boxes filled with colorful lottery instant-game tickets, right on the counter, crowding my effort to check out; you can't … more
Almighty God, In the past year, our Father, we have praised Thee in prayer; we have also offered supplications to Thee for our nation's health, our neighbors' health, and our own health. Forgive … more
Old men like to live in the past, and I'm not an exception. I try to live in the present; staying at least semi-active in the community helps that. The future is for my children and their … more
Recently the Hillsboro Moose Lodge has implemented some new policies and rules.  This is an effort to explain and inform the community of those changes and the reason for them. For over 100 … more
They say it takes a village to raise a child, and we're very lucky each and every day to live in a village that not only takes care of us, but loves our Grace as if she were their own. But that … more
Two weeks ago, our 20-foot pontoon made its last sailing while in our name, heading east, not toward the sunrise but instead to Mattoon on Route 16. I'm kind of glad I wasn't yet home from work to … more
The drama in June of 1952 is "Grandpa versus the DMV." Grandpa's hearing and vision had begun to fail so renewing his driver's license was not guaranteed. It takes all month for the situation to be … more
It is my honor and privilege to support Mark Brazel in the race for Montgomery County Sheriff.   I have known Mark for many years, and I have had the pleasure of working with him in many … more
  One of the issues facing the Montgomery County Board is that of recycling. When the program began, partially because of perceived public demand, it came close to breaking even financially. … more
Greetings from the Ridge. The congregation turned and looked at us and at once I was swept up in a horrible memory from my childhood. It was Christmas Eve in our little church and the preacher had … more
Growing up, if you had asked me about my favorite food, I would have told you it was spaghetti.  Actually, spaghetti with curly noodles. And truth be told, I'd still probably tell you that … more
Last week we had a very unpleasant experience when we learned that someone had posted malicious lies and gossip about us on Facebook.  The false rumor accused us of trapping and killing cats, … more
Cross-Over Ministries would like to thank our gracious host, Hillsboro Junior High School, for the use of their facilities to show the documentary, "The Ripple Effect."   We also want to thank … more
The crops are all in now, so  weather and weeding will determine whether 1952 will be a boom or bust year for county farmers.  As the heat builds during July the crops suffer, but the weeds … more
I originally thought about titling this month's column "Oops, I Did It Again," but thought it might be a little misleading. My husband, Randy, would probably say it should be "Oh, No, Not Again!" I … more
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