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Friends and residents of the Hillsboro Area Public Library District–at last!  It has been a long wait, but the hopes and dreams regarding the future of the Hillsboro Area Public Library … more
Although the pandemic has certainly cut the number of visitors to the Litchfield Museum and Route 66 Welcome Center, enthusiasm among the volunteers still runs high.  We have been able to use … more
I’m writing a letter in support of Chase Wilhelm for state representative. His credentials alone outshine that of his opponent.   Chase is a SLU graduate, a veteran of the Army, as well … more
As a retired attorney of 40 years, I have defended many criminals.  Some need to be put away for a long time, and we would not want them out among our families Believe me when I say I have … more
1953 was one of the driest years on record in central Illinois. The yields of both beans and corn are thin, which is worrisome to the farm families. Because  the economy of Main Street and the … more
 How many times have we heard, or said, “I don't talk about religion or politics?”   For me and my house, voting is a matter of faith.  We are told that voting is our … more
Now I know how my mom felt (and I suspect Judy’s parents too) when Judy and I came west. If Judy’s parents were worried about us, neither said anything to me. Perhaps they asked Judy … more
2020 has been an education in grace–grace to keep moving through the daily flex of last-minute notices and upheaval of assignments. At the school bus yard we had new routes delivering school … more
I would like to congratulate our very own local newspaper of record for Montgomery County on receiving several awards, again.  Indeed, with or without awards, we are blessed by the kind of … more
I’ve been in 4-H ever since I was five, and it has given many opportunities to me.  I have learned about being a good leader by being an officer and serving on committees in my … more
I want to extend my support to Bryant Hitchings, Montgomery County State’s Attorney. Over the past year, I have had the opportunity to work with Bryant Hitchings, our current Montgomery … more
Inside today’s edition of The Journal-News, you probably found a list of awards we won at this year’s Illinois Press Association’s Better Newspapers Contest. To say that I’m … more
In response to your block ad, we have great respect for our military!  We also have great respect for President Trump! Stealing is a crime.  We would hate to think it’s someone … more
My name is Clint Harkins.  My wife and I have lived in Montgomery County for nearly 20 years. Three years ago, a member of our family was the victim of a serious predatorial assault.  … more
I began reading Mary Herschelman’s columns long before I knew her personally.  I often read them and feel as if she is speaking directly to me, offering guidance and bringing clarity I … more
On the afternoon of Sept. 10, my wife and I received a call from our grandson who was working on a homework assignment.  The next day, Sept. 11, was the 19th anniversary of the attack of the … more
The weather has changed since the last time we had a chance to visit. August left Montgomery County dry and wishing for more of the rains we saw in July. As we enter mid-September, harvest will soon … more
September 1953 is hot and dry. The heat and lack of timely rain has affected both the field crops and the garden. Grandma's older sister, Maud, had come for a long visit at the end of August. Most … more
I have served the public for 40 years, first as an Illinois State Trooper for 30 years, and then as an elected official on the Montgomery County Board for another 10 years.  In addition, I was … more
Inspirations for my “Rambling” come from diverse places; this one comes from an ad for attorney services that appears on WAND, the Decatur television station that CTI sends into my home. … more
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