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Political corruption in Illinois is back in the news. (When did it leave?) A reader writes: Why so much corruption, and so little in neighboring states? I respond that we have in Illinois a … more
The open house regarding groundwater quality near Coffeen Power Plant will be held Monday, Oct. 7, from 6-7:30 p.m. at Coffeen Elementary School gymnasium, located at 200 School Street in … more
This "Ramblings" began in May, when a donut and a compliment from Patti (White) Fuller began a train of remembrances of my experience as a would-be farmer, teacher, coach, and high school newspaper … more
Growing up in my house, Columbus Day was not just a school holiday, it was one of my favorite days of the year. My Grandma and Grandpa Hutson would come and spend the whole day at our house making … more
I was greatly dismayed to hear of the impending closing of several recycling centers throughout the county and the shaky future of the recycling program as a whole. I care deeply about the city … more
The response to last week's survey concerning recycling issues in Montgomery County was gratifying in terms of numbers (99 voted–44 snail mail, 34 e-mail, 11 facebook, eight left at the paper, … more
Recently 2,256 bodily remains were discovered in the home of a deceased abortionist. This should have sparked a national outrage.  Vice President Pence did remark about the tragic … more
In response to a recent essay of mine about our state's perilous load of debt and unfunded obligations, a reader asked: Why so much red ink? The answer lies in an unsavory stew of human nature; our … more
  One of the issues facing the Montgomery County Board is that of recycling. When the program began, partially because of perceived public demand, it came close to breaking even financially. … more
Dynegy took over Coffeen and four other Illinois coal-fire plants in early 2014 by assuming some $850 million in Ameren debt.  In 2017, the merger with Vistra Energy was announced, a deal that … more
Have you seen this posting: "How to apologize to people at work after I upset them...I'm sorry that your terrible behavior caused me to act out of character. You should work on that." It appears … more
September 1952 is hot and dry. Both house gardens and crops have suffered through the hot summer. In addition to the less than hoped for yields, a disease begins to spread through the hog farms in … more
I have worked over 27 years in another generating station and as a concerned citizen and resident of this area, these are some of my concerns. Coffeen Power Station (the cleanest plant in the … more
I find it interesting how life allows us brief glimpses of the people our children will become. Small, infinitesimal flashes of their individual characters. The first time I really saw my youngest … more
I envision Graham Correctional Center's career technology class updating its software to reflect more current technology. It is almost 2020.  The Practical Microsoft Office 2010 book is … more
I write to remember and to discover. Especially when I create this column, I seldom know where my thoughts will end. Last month I began writing about Patti Fuller and our school newspaper but bogged … more
As a member of the American Legion and VFW Honor Guard, it is an honor to carry the United States flag during the Old Settlers Day parade.   Almost all of the people along the parade route … more
In our family, the end of summer always means one thing: it's time for the Hutson Family reunion. For as long as I can remember (though maybe not my whole life), my mom's brothers and sisters - … more
Gov. J. B. Pritzker has proposed a graduated income tax for Illinois (higher rates for higher incomes), which prompts these fundamental questions: How should society allocate wealth? How should … more
As you have read in past editions of this newspaper, the current Nokomis Memorial Pool is structurally failing.   The pool has been repaired numerous times since its 1966 build and has come … more
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