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Halloween is coming soon, and I don't just mean the date on the calendar. A remake of the classic horror movie releases next week featuring the original scream queen, Jamie Lee Curtis, and her … more
Thumbs up to Mr. Steve McLaughlin who puts flags up and down both sides of Edgewood Drive on certain holidays to remember our veterans. It's wonderful of him, and I say, "thank you, Steve, for the … more
A month or two ago a friend (or nemesis, depending upon the day) gifted me with a photo that once appeared in the Journal, (probably on the sports' pages although it could have been printed for comic … more
Since recently moving to Hillsboro, I have enjoyed the gracious discount for police and veterans at the Dairy Queen in Hillsboro.  I have always shown my proof of military service when asked to do … more
It is beyond evident that Illinois has been going through a crisis. At this point, the problems are obvious and far-reaching, including significant decrease in job opportunities, skyrocketing … more
As you may have read in today's paper, a notice from the board of education regarding a public hearing regarding your property taxes will be held on Dec. 18, 2018.  This notice is required by the … more
I think what I'll remember most is her contagious laugh. It was a laugh that was larger than life, and so welcoming that it made you feel like you had known her for years. As I sat down to write … more
"Who is that talking?" A Coffeen pre-K student asked on Friday morning while on a tour of The Journal-News office and press room. The talking was coming from the scanner that sits in the middle of … more
It sometimes amazes me that, at 58 years old, I still have so many lessons to learn. I also many times find the manner in which God presents this information to me amusing. Today's light-bulb moment … more
In our family, the end of summer always means one thing: it's time for the Hutson Family reunion. For as long as I can remember (though maybe not my whole life), my mom's brothers and sisters - … more
I can close my eyes and still hear the trumpets sound. The pause, and then my name being called out into the crowd, announcing me for the first time, "This year's Old Settler's Queen is...Shawnna … more
Gov. J. B. Pritzker has proposed a graduated income tax for Illinois (higher rates for higher incomes), which prompts these fundamental questions: How should society allocate wealth? How should … more
I heartily endorse Bryant Hitchings, our state's attorney.   I recently retired after practicing 40 years as a prior assistant Montgomery County State's Attorney and as a criminal defense … more
Any family that has lived with autism is grateful that in recent years April has become Autism Awareness Month. I wish I could say that as time moves on, the challenges become less complicated and … more
No one will ever mistake me for Mr. Gift Idea during the Christmas season; I believe I heard the term "Scrooge" directed at me more than occasionally during my teaching career. The two weeks of … more
Through winding country roads and on our city streets, school buses are on the move.  Summer break has ended and schools are back in session.  These buses are carrying a precious cargo: … more
The Pope stopped the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops from passing their own rules for stopping the molester priests and the cover-ups by bishops at their national meeting last November.  … more
As you have read in past editions of this newspaper, the current Nokomis Memorial Pool is structurally failing.   The pool has been repaired numerous times since its 1966 build and has come … more
Sometimes, a little comfort food just makes everything better. It was after paper night, and I was standing in the kitchen making chicken pot pie, which is my standard go-to recipe when making a … more
I wish to take this opportunity to commend your newspaper for the most interesting and enlightening news article by Mr. Mike Plunkett you recently published in your March 28 edition regarding the … more
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