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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
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
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
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
I don't necessarily have Bonnie Tyler in mind as I write today, but her hit song of decades ago did come to mind when I heard the line that inspired this column. A new legal drama is coming out soon … more
I would like to tell the public why in my opinion I believe Mark Brazel is the best candidate for Montgomery County Sheriff. I think his integrity speaks for itself. He is a man of his word and … more
If, as clerics say, confession is good for the soul, I should feel heaven-bound after this ramble. I wish reaching the golden streets were that easy. As far as I know, I haven't done any capital … more
With the recent passing of County Treasurer Ron Jenkins and the upcoming elections, I felt it a good time to reflect on one's service. Ron proudly served his country as he proudly served the … more
When I was younger I would write all kinds of songs, poems and stories. Some resonate more to me than others, but through it all, those writings are a part of who I am today. In fact, I still have … more
Last election, the Litchfield Chamber of Commerce hosted a candidate forum. It served as an important opportunity for voters to hear from local candidates on issues facing our communities and our … more
March 1952 roars in with snow and ends more gently. Grandpa sends a hog to the locker plant to be butchered, but Grandma is disappointed he forgets to bring the jowls home to render for a bit of … more
For the purpose of informing the legislators of Illinois, the citizens of Montgomery County will have the opportunity to vote on a referendum at the November election: "Should the Illinois General … more
I was recently involved in an accident on Route 185 between Vandalia and Hillsboro. I want to thank the kind people of Fayette and Montgomery counties.   I ended up in a fairly deep … more
I am supporting State's Attorney Bryant Hitchings for State's Attorney of Montgomery County. Bryant is passionate about prosecuting the cases that have been presented to him by our local law … more
I am writing this letter to show my support for Rick Robbins, Republican candidate for sheriff. When asked, "Why Rick Robbins for sheriff?" these thoughts come to mind: I respect his ability to … more
May 1952 is a busy time in the county. The unexpected death of a longtime neighbor brings everyone together to provide the traditional support to his family. Grandma mentions she and some other … more
Thanksgiving this year was one of the most exceptional of my life; no, I did not receive any invitations to join with immediate or extended family, but isn't thankfulness a decision based on reality? … more
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