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We love it when a town comes together!   And that's exactly what took place in Hillsboro on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 as we celebrated a Storybook Christmas.  Parades, lighting of the town Christmas … more
I am always amazed at the time Grandma spent doing her washing. Compared to how we now wash and dry our laundry in such a small amount of time, she often had to spend an entire day washing, … more
During my childhood, I tried desperately to live my own life. I always felt that my parents told me no more times than need be, and that I never got to do what I wanted. Of course, that wasn't … more
Freida Marie Crump, age 69, died Sunday, Nov. 18, after a prolonged battle with crankiness. She is survived by her intolerable husband, Herb Crump, who said at her passing "Well, who the heck is … more
As you may have read in today's paper, a notice from the board of education regarding a public hearing regarding your property taxes will be held on Dec. 18, 2018.  This notice is required by the … more
No one will ever mistake me for Mr. Gift Idea during the Christmas season; I believe I heard the term "Scrooge" directed at me more than occasionally during my teaching career. The two weeks of … more
Thanksgiving this year was one of the most exceptional of my life; no, I did not receive any invitations to join with immediate or extended family, but isn't thankfulness a decision based on reality? … more
On Dec. 3, 1818, Illinois became the 21st state in the union.  At that time, the state population was roughly the same as the population of Montgomery County is today–around 30,000 people.  The … more
It's been almost a year of writing about people from throughout our community who inspire me. And it's been one of my favorite column themes, as I've written about people who carry a positive outlook … more
I'm not sure how it got to be mid-November already, but here we are. The past few weeks have seen birthdays of my mom, granddaughter, grandson and myself come and go. The election and all the … more
An early cold snap and a heavy snow make for a difficult November in 1951. Grandma and Grandpa have to make an emergency call for Ed Holcomb to deliver a supply of coal for the heating stove, and … more
Thumbs up to Mr. Steve McLaughlin who puts flags up and down both sides of Edgewood Drive on certain holidays to remember our veterans. It's wonderful of him, and I say, "thank you, Steve, for the … more
Since recently moving to Hillsboro, I have enjoyed the gracious discount for police and veterans at the Dairy Queen in Hillsboro.  I have always shown my proof of military service when asked to do … more
A month or two ago a friend (or nemesis, depending upon the day) gifted me with a photo that once appeared in the Journal, (probably on the sports' pages although it could have been printed for comic … more
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month.   We all know someone who has either had cancer and beat it or unfortunately passed away from it.  … more
I think what I'll remember most is her contagious laugh. It was a laugh that was larger than life, and so welcoming that it made you feel like you had known her for years. As I sat down to write … more
The big news in October of 1951 is the addition to the farm's water system. Running water to the barn yard will now save Grandma and Grandpa a lot of extra work. No more filling the stock tank by … more
I am proud to write in support of Rick Robbins for sheriff of Montgomery County. I have been in law enforcement since 2008 and have had the opportunity to know and work with Rick during that … more
I am writing this letter to publicly announce that I am proudly supporting Mark Brazel for sheriff. During my tenure as Montgomery County Coroner, I have experienced first-hand how Mark goes above … more
First, a brief lesson in recent history: four years ago voters in the 95th Legislative District re-elected Wayne Rosenthal, a Republican with a proven record of representing his district, as state … more
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