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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
Last week we had a very unpleasant experience when we learned that someone had posted malicious lies and gossip about us on Facebook.  The false rumor accused us of trapping and killing cats, … more
I don't necessarily have Bonnie Tyler in mind as I write today, but her hit song of decades ago did come to mind when I heard the line that inspired this column. A new legal drama is coming out soon … more
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
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