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Nature has a way of speaking volumes–if we will only listen.  And nature also has a way of opening our eyes to some truths that we might not have been able to express on our own.  … more
The media does not give a well-rounded veiw of the pandemic. There are unacceptable restrictions upon the freedom of movement of people.  Closing businesses have created another crisis, maybe … more
Grandpa’s birthday–his 77th–is May 2, so the family gathers for a celebration. Grandma fixes toasted chicken for the dinner. I looked through my cookbooks and even explored on the … more
I like to think that I've learned a thing or two during my 80-plus years on Earth. I've been lucky enough to have had good advice (which I usually took) and many helping hands along the … more
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought home health and safety responsibilities as never before.  In this regard, the Montgomery County Board has even more issues to handle for its residents. … more
It was Monday morning, May 4, when my wife called me to the utility room to show me the reduced water flow in the sink.  Suspecting a possible problem in the water system, we began filling … more
Back in the summer of 2010, while I was living in Springfield, I received a call from my mom telling me that my Grandma Mollet wasn't doing very well. She was in the nursing home in Greenville, and … more
I’ve always liked words, especially written words. I’ve found the spoken word to be slippery; speeches, especially political ones, have been a turn-off, literally when it comes to … more
Editor’s Note: This column was written by 2010 Hillsboro High School graduate Megan Turner, a former staff member at The Mt. Olive Herald. Her grandmother, Kathy Blankenship of Coffeen found it … more
Let’s face it. It’s been a long month for all of us. Our “normal” routines have been stripped away, and we are unable to do many of the things that bring all of us so much … more
When reading the newspaper, I noticed under the “court” heading that there were several domestic battery charges. Dealing with the present virus and not knowing what will happen next … more
Hello, Hillsboro! It is now week five of the self-isolation. Because of the lack of activity in the community, I decided to interview 12 different students of various ages about their experiences … more
I have an affinity for affirmations. Words, quotes, lyrics–I gather them like precious jewels. Sometimes they are words of wisdom and guidance, sometimes questions to focus on throughout my … more
Over the past few weeks, we have all experienced one of the most extraordinary situations of our lives, the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.   With the onset of this illness and the resulting … more
April was always baby chick month, one of my favorite times at the farm. The little red brooder house which had big windows and a peaked roof sat next to the garden on the east side of the house. … more
The Litchfield Museum and Route 66 Welcome Center has an opportunity and obligation to record the experiences we are going through to help future generations understand what it was like in the … more
I begin with a disclaimer. I am very happy with my past career. I didn’t become wealthy, but as long as I hustled (not in street lingo–I never had a street hustle–but as long as I … more
As a lifelong Illinoisan, I have never felt prouder or safer to be a resident of this state. Gov. JB Pritzker and his administration are setting a precedent for pandemic response in a time of fear … more
This unprecedented time of quandary for our generation has reckoned us to a new appreciation for the basics of daily living. In Taylorville, we who are employed on the school buses have been … more
Just two weeks ago, I walked into the office and the assignment board was full of photo orders as we geared up for an always hectic spring season.  There were team photos for spring sports, … more
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