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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
Maybe it's because Kyle and I have restarted doing Weight Watchers, but I've had a bit of a sweet tooth lately. And it seems only fitting to share one of our favorite family desserts. I'll be … more
I may be the only Hillsboro native who "made the line" to become a member of a world class drum and bugle corps.  In the past couple of years two different corps have stopped in Hillsboro for … more
The crops are all in now, so  weather and weeding will determine whether 1952 will be a boom or bust year for county farmers.  As the heat builds during July the crops suffer, but the weeds … more
It is important for residents to attend the public hearing that will be held at the Carlinville Public Library, 510 N. Broad St. in Carlinville, at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 18.   It covers … more
I originally thought about titling this month's column "Oops, I Did It Again," but thought it might be a little misleading. My husband, Randy, would probably say it should be "Oh, No, Not Again!" I … more
I couldn't help but notice the I-55 death in your paper.   I believe that the design of the entrance and exit ramps could be improved.  I may be mistaken, but it looks to me that the on … more
Great news for Navy veterans of the Vietnam War.  President Trump signed the Blue Water Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019 into law on June 25.  Years of work by the American Legion, the Veterans … more
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