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Dear readers, "the blue wall" represents progressive secularism, which is anti-God in nature.  We as a nation are in deep trouble as socialist progressives have doubled down on their efforts to turn … more
Recently, I was privileged to participate with the city of Litchfield in an economic development presentation to "Atlas 46," a very successful manufacturing operation based in Fenton, MO. Atlas is … more
I've been told recently by my column readers to keep writing from my heart and that my stories are so relatable, often bringing up memories of the past for those of my generation and older. This … more
Hillsboro is observing the 100th anniversary of Lake Hillsboro.  The article in the July 2 issue of The Journal-News shared a photo of the monument located by the park office and some interesting … more
August means it's time for harvest. Although Grandma and Grandpa had been using Paris Frozen Food for butchering and storing meat for several years, this is the first time in the diaries I have read … 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
After I finished labeling all of Grace's school supplies for kindergarten this year, Kyle and I got to talking about her school experiences and the friends she has made over the years. And then he … 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
Greetings from the Ridge. They asked Michael what had inspired him to make such a journey. He said, "We're put here to help. When people need help it really doesn't matter who they are or where … 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
Greetings from the Ridge. President Harry S. Truman was steaming mad so he dashed off a letter to the Treasurer of the United States: "I don't think that the financial advisor of God Himself would … 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
This past week, I finally started the hunt, the one that leads through dresser drawers, closet shelves, bathroom vanities and toy bins; the one that results in multiple trips to the local Salvation … more
I remember June, 1951. I loved having Aunt Alberta home for the entire month. I got acquainted with my cousin, Bill Johnston and met other relatives from California and Kansas.  The entire month was … 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
Greetings from the Ridge. You're offered a choice of flavors like orange mango, coconut, or a combination of blueberry and cucumber, and it comes either plain or carbonated. The iconic American … more
Greetings from the Ridge. 'Twas told to me as true and the little gal was such a sweetheart that I had no choice but to believe her. According to Ellie, she has a good friend who lives in … 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
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