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  One of the issues facing the Montgomery County Board is that of recycling. When the program began, partially because of perceived public demand, it came close to breaking even financially. … more
Dynegy took over Coffeen and four other Illinois coal-fire plants in early 2014 by assuming some $850 million in Ameren debt.  In 2017, the merger with Vistra Energy was announced, a deal that … more
Have you seen this posting: "How to apologize to people at work after I upset them...I'm sorry that your terrible behavior caused me to act out of character. You should work on that." It appears … more
September 1952 is hot and dry. Both house gardens and crops have suffered through the hot summer. In addition to the less than hoped for yields, a disease begins to spread through the hog farms in … more
I have worked over 27 years in another generating station and as a concerned citizen and resident of this area, these are some of my concerns. Coffeen Power Station (the cleanest plant in the … more
I find it interesting how life allows us brief glimpses of the people our children will become. Small, infinitesimal flashes of their individual characters. The first time I really saw my youngest … more
I envision Graham Correctional Center's career technology class updating its software to reflect more current technology. It is almost 2020.  The Practical Microsoft Office 2010 book is … more
I write to remember and to discover. Especially when I create this column, I seldom know where my thoughts will end. Last month I began writing about Patti Fuller and our school newspaper but bogged … more
As a member of the American Legion and VFW Honor Guard, it is an honor to carry the United States flag during the Old Settlers Day parade.   Almost all of the people along the parade route … 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
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
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
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
In the Aug. 12 edition of The Journal-News, page 2B, Joe Rollins' political cartoon made the point that, "Gun control is not enough. If we expect to live in a civilized society, free from violence, … more
Last week, the Montgomery County School Study Commission presented a vision for the county, which includes a consolidated school district, between Hillsboro, Litchfield and possibly the Panhandle … more
I've been doing a lot of thinking lately, maybe even more than usual. I have one of those unfortunate minds that rarely stops, which contributes to sometimes fascinating, often irrational and … more
Almighty God, In the past year, our Father, we have praised Thee in prayer; we have also offered supplications to Thee for our nation's health, our neighbors' health, and our own health. Forgive … more
At the convenience store in my rural town, there is a new "wall" of plastic boxes filled with colorful lottery instant-game tickets, right on the counter, crowding my effort to check out; you can't … more
Early in the afternoon of July 17, I began to feel sick. As the day progressed, I became sicker. I chose to not go to the emergency room at the hospital, but wait until the next day to see the … more
The Hillsboro Area Hospital Summer Lunch Program (SLP) recently finished its 2019 program, serving nearly 1,500 summer meals to children in Hillsboro, Witt, and Irving.   The SLP provides … more
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