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An early cold snap and a heavy snow make for a difficult November in 1951. Grandma and Grandpa have to make an emergency call for Ed Holcomb to deliver a supply of coal for the heating stove, and … more
Even though I have been retired from Litchfield Unit #12 as assistant superintendent for a while, I still have a strong interest in the well-being and quality of the Litchfield district. There is … more
Thank you for publishing an article in your paper on March 7 by Grant Morgan about how our state is failing to provide funding or staff to help prevent suicides in Illinois.   I am grateful … more
Greetings from the Ridge. It's already begun–the season of campaigning as November approaches and we are bombarded by ads of character assassination instead of substance. We're headed toward … more
We once again see the duplicity of the Democrat Party.   Senator Durbin announced in the paper that he was coming to Hillsboro to meet with his constituents. This was announced both in a news … more
I've been yelled at a time or two since I've been at The Journal-News. I've been told I was biased, unfair, narcissistic, inaccurate and a failure. But I've never been shot. I've never watched as … more
It's been almost a year of writing about people from throughout our community who inspire me. And it's been one of my favorite column themes, as I've written about people who carry a positive outlook … more
Freida Marie Crump, age 69, died Sunday, Nov. 18, after a prolonged battle with crankiness. She is survived by her intolerable husband, Herb Crump, who said at her passing "Well, who the heck is … more
In a recent poll held a couple weeks ago (June 26-28) by Victory Research, Democrat J.B. Pritzker had a 15-point lead over incumbent Republican Bruce Rauner in this heavily contested gubernatorial … more
The amount of knowledge one needs to avoid legal entanglements in  our culture is more mind-boggling than I suspected in the first seventy years of my life, and it's not because my mind is … more
I am writing to ask Montgomery County voters to support qualifications in the upcoming November election. I am writing in support of Jay Martin for Montgomery County Treasurer, the candidate who … more
I am writing this letter in support of Undersheriff Rick Robbins. Rick served in the Gulf War with the Marine Corps, and he is still actively involved with many veterans' organizations.  Rick … more
We love it when a town comes together!   And that's exactly what took place in Hillsboro on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 as we celebrated a Storybook Christmas.  Parades, lighting of the town Christmas … more
I am writing this letter to publicly announce that I am proudly supporting Mark Brazel for sheriff. During my tenure as Montgomery County Coroner, I have experienced first-hand how Mark goes above … more
First, a brief lesson in recent history: four years ago voters in the 95th Legislative District re-elected Wayne Rosenthal, a Republican with a proven record of representing his district, as state … more
As I watched the senate hearings in regards to Judge Kavanaugh, I thought about what Jesus said concerning the "end of the age." In Matthew 24:4 He said, "Take heed that no one deceives you." Many … more
Beyond a doubt, Rick Robbins is the most qualified to be the next sheriff of Montgomery County. His experience as undersheriff, interactions with the county board and numerous leadership training … more
Nearly four years ago I was elected by the citizens of the city of Hillsboro to serve on her city council as the Public Health and Safety Commissioner. During those four years I have developed a … more
Concerning abortion rights in Illinois, there are several plans to expand abortion. One plan is to overturn parental notification laws.  In other words, if your teenage daughter wants an … more
As a member of the HHS athletic hall of fame, I'm writing this letter to highly recommend Sammi Matoush for nomination and selection to the hall of fame. Sammi's outstanding achievements and … more
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