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July 1951 finds Grandma busy picking and canning blackberries. I have wonderful taste memories of her blackberry jelly and blackberry cobbler. She and Grandpa take drives around Montgomery and … more
Last Tuesday, July 17, members of Congress and witnesses voiced their opposition to tariffs on Canadian newsprint to the International Trade Commission, citing the harm already caused to U.S. … more
My dad always says the best gifts you can give your children are roots and wings, and I think he's done a pretty great job with that over the years. As I continue to think about the people that … more
Greetings from the Ridge. If your hand trembles then I'm with you. Mine does too. No matter which side of the political fence you may be sitting on this morning, it's becoming increasingly hard to … more
God our Father, who came to earth to remove our fear of death, we humans in our weakness turn to Thee once more for the peace that passes all understanding as we gather to remember those who went to … more
America has been under attack for decades by foreign entities employing chemical weapons against us. Those chemical weapons are the illegal drugs flooding into this country.  No matter what … more
There have been times I've needed a Coach or a Community of people that I can talk to in Good Times and bad. Those people who can help me celebrate defining moments, and help me to MASH those bad … more
When it comes to gift giving, Kyle and I tend not to be super extravagant. For one thing, there just isn't very much that we want or need. And for another thing, we prefer experiences, like date … more
I'm not sure how it got to be mid-November already, but here we are. The past few weeks have seen birthdays of my mom, granddaughter, grandson and myself come and go. The election and all the … more
Greetings from the Ridge. My grandmother called it an "old switch" and she swore it was a real thing. She'd tell me, "I swear, Freida. Everybody's got this little hidden switch somewhere along … more
I am supporting Mark Brazel for sheriff of Montgomery County. After losing the March 2018 primary, I was asked to support Mark Brazel for sheriff. After weeks of contemplating the party … more
I am thankful for being born during a time when America and its people were fighting for our nation and its protection during World War II. I remember the drafting of our men to be trained to fight … more
On Dec. 3, 1818, Illinois became the 21st state in the union.  At that time, the state population was roughly the same as the population of Montgomery County is today–around 30,000 people.  The … more
Former House Speaker "Tip" O'Neal said "all politics is local."  Old "Tip" had it  right. It all starts at our local precincts and we should take our right to vote seriously.  First, be sure … more
Looking back at some newspapers over the past year, I couldn't help but smile as I stopped to look at this year's Hillsboro High School Prom King Dalton Tefteller, whose million dollar smile is one … more
An alarming number of Illinois State Police officers have been struck by motorists this year.  Three have died.  Knowing these crashes were preventable makes the statistics even more … more
Our Illinois politicians love new programs, but cannot even pay for the old ones. "We need more taxes!" they say.  I never hear them say, "We must also have a 5 percent cut across the board … more
I don't know if it is an old adage or just something I've said myself many times over the years, but there's something to be said for being comfortable. Ask ten people their definition of "being … more
You are invited to join a conversation on the development and opportunities of our changing energy economy.   BlueGreen Alliance, Prairie Rivers Network, and Grow Gillespie Initiative are … more
eneral assembly to immediately legalize internet and sports gambling.  The last time legislators moved quickly to pass a massive expansion of gambling,  the state began borrowing … more
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