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This "Ramblings" was inspired by a question a constituent asked me back in late October while I and my work crew for the day were eating lunch at the Cozy Cafe. We were clearing the yard, though not … more
If you've been following our local news lately, you are aware that a minor crime spree was stopped and the suspected culprit arrested by the Hillsboro Police Department.   It began with a car … more
The recently released Avengers Endgame movie has been taking the world by storm.  Your favorite heroes–Captain America, Ironman, Thor, Black Widow, Hulk and Hawkeye–are back at it … more
Nursing professionals are a valuable and instrumental part of our hospital. We appreciate our nurses for the excellent care they provide during each shift they work, 365 days a year. They are the … 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
April 1952 begins with leftover winter weather, but by the end of the month, Grandma is sowing garden seed. Big happenings during the month include the purchase of a new sewing machine for Grandma … more
My wife Denita Marie Hedden disappeared on Dec. 25, 2017, out of Royal Lakes in Macoupin County and has been presumed to be deceased since the first week in February of 2018 in a public announcement … more
"Did you know about this? That no one is guaranteed to get Social Security," Butler resident Don Walker said to me at the front counter of the newspaper office a couple of weeks ago. I did not … more
Montgomery County would be taking a giant step backwards if it ended the recycling program. Surely it's better to recycle acceptable items than fill our dump with those same items.  Some … 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
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
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
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
I am thankful for being born during a time when America and its people were fighting for our nation and its protection during World War II. I remember the drafting of our men to be trained to fight … more
An alarming number of Illinois State Police officers have been struck by motorists this year.  Three have died.  Knowing these crashes were preventable makes the statistics even more … more
Our Illinois politicians love new programs, but cannot even pay for the old ones. "We need more taxes!" they say.  I never hear them say, "We must also have a 5 percent cut across the board … more
You are invited to join a conversation on the development and opportunities of our changing energy economy.   BlueGreen Alliance, Prairie Rivers Network, and Grow Gillespie Initiative are … more
Old men like to live in the past, and I'm not an exception. I try to live in the present; staying at least semi-active in the community helps that. The future is for my children and their … more
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