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Illinois will never have fair maps for its legislative districts under the present Illinois Supreme Court. There is an opportunity in November to change the court, yet I fear the contest will not be … more
I've often said, and occasionally believed, that I don't care what other people think of me. If I can please myself, then I'm happy–but it isn't always that way. As I've grown older, I've … more
Nearly 120 years after it occurred, the deadliest natural disaster in American history remains the Sept. 8, 1900 hurricane that destroyed the city of Galveston, TX, with an estimated death toll … more
For those who believe in climate change, there is no such thing. I can't deny that our climate is changing; I can only tell you it is not man-made.  Man cannot change the climate because it … more
Recognition is due the Hillsboro fifth grade girls basketball team for their performance on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 26.   Due to a communication error, the opposing team arrived with less than … more
It seems like our family will be celebrating a lot of milestones in the year 2020.  Kyle and I will celebrate our 11th wedding anniversary, while Charlotte will turn three and Grace will turn … more
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As a mom of two busy preschool boys with a full time job and a schedule over laden with community service projects, I am not exaggerating when I say I love my coffee maker, a super fancy … more
Remember as a teen when you devised a strategy to convince your old man to let you have the family car to go on a date Saturday night? You we're lobbying, trying to get what you wanted. We're all … more
We want to compliment Mr. Stevens and the students of the Hillsboro High School band. We attended the home boys basketball game on Jan. 7 and couldn't have been more proud of their … more
Grandma saved several items in her 1953 diary. She listed the top stories of the past year. Number 1–Eisenhower's election as the first Republican president in 20 years. Number 2 cites the … more
No one has called me a party animal–ever. I might have attended one birthday party when I was 11 or 12, when a daughter of a friend of my mother's became a teenager and her mom invited a few … more
Greetings and Happy New Year to the citizens of Montgomery County. As we welcome the start of a new year and the closing out of a decade, I thought it would be a good time to update you on some of … more
As we look back on this past year, we would like to take this opportunity to thank the many citizens of Litchfield and the surrounding area for their support.  We so appreciate the donations … more
The written word lasts: a well known quote from any professor of mass media journalism. Luke 4:16-22 resonates a year round celebration of this truth: "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because … more
The Herschelman family has done its fair share of eating this holiday season, and while it's on our New Year's resolution list to start eating better, we definitely enjoyed our favorites throughout … more
One of the O'Dell boys' favorite stories right now is "Curious George and the Surprise Gift."  In this particular adventure the mischievous monkey is enthralled by a very large gift that The … more
In this season of joy, I am reminded, as we all are–fleetingly–that not all share our joy. Several years ago, for example, the circus came to my rural town. A friend and I decided to … more
Of importance to Sorento School, please go to http://www.bccu2.org, the home page for our schools in Bond County, where you will see "enrollment boundary presentation" complete with maps proposing … more
Recently, my husband and I noticed a beautiful sight in Witt as we were driving through at night time.  There is a blue-lit cross way up in the sky on the top of the grain … more
Grandma and Grandpa pack their suitcases and along with Wayne, Geraldine, Larry and Linda drive across country to visit Alberta, Albert, and Billy Johnston in L.A. Grandma was always an inveterate … more
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