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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
Mike Plunkett, the Galer family, and staff have really improved our Journal-News to a truly fantastic publication. The recent article on the treason case from the 1930s was wonderful.  The … more
The Jan. 7, 1935, front page of The Hillsboro Journal trumpeted the climax to a depression-era story that thrust Montgomery County into the national spotlight: "'Treason' Case Not To Come To … more
I spent several years asking different people for advice, looking up how to publish a book, even going back to college, but it wasn't until a few months back that my dreams came true. And, after … more
If I were a runner, I'd sense I am in the home stretch. At 75, I don't know how much longer I'll be striding down life's track, but I am self-aware enough to know I've run farther than the distance I … more
Although I always say that spaghetti is my very favorite food, I would have to say that pizza comes in a close second, very close. And if I'm being totally honest, my favorite is just plain old … more
The Fourth of July holiday is approaching fast.  Independence Day is a time to celebrate, reflect on freedom and of course, enjoy fireworks.   Federal, state and local laws and … more
Two weeks ago, our 20-foot pontoon made its last sailing while in our name, heading east, not toward the sunrise but instead to Mattoon on Route 16. I'm kind of glad I wasn't yet home from work to … more
The drama in June of 1952 is "Grandpa versus the DMV." Grandpa's hearing and vision had begun to fail so renewing his driver's license was not guaranteed. It takes all month for the situation to be … 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
There is something inherently renewing about the spring–in bearing witness as the land reawakens from its slumber. I find it fundamentally healing to watch as fields that seemed barren only … more
Both the gambling and marijuana bills were steamrolled through in the final days of the session.  Legislators were so eager to get construction projects in their district that they voted on … more
The amount of knowledge one needs to avoid legal entanglements in  our culture is more mind-boggling than I suspected in the first seventy years of my life, and it's not because my mind is … more
Growing up, if you had asked me about my favorite food, I would have told you it was spaghetti.  Actually, spaghetti with curly noodles. And truth be told, I'd still probably tell you that … more
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