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I thank the young people of Hillsboro who planned and conducted the Sunday morning rally in support of Black Lives Matter protests taking place all over the nation and world. It was a thoughtful and … more
The first time I went fishing was in 1954 at a family reunion in Mendota. As the picnic luncheon was finishing up, I was drawn to a nearby lake.  My cousin happened to find a discarded … more
June is a busy month filled with farming and gardening. Grandma notes that the 22 Club families traveled to St. Louis to enjoy a day on the Admiral. Many readers may remember what fun it was to spend … more
Clarifying Jim Nowlan’s statements regarding a “Better Way to Farm” in the Monday, June 1, edition it is always enjoyable for me to read a Nowlan column.  However, sometimes it … more
My dad has been in law enforcement, in some fashion, for around 40 years. He and his fellow officers or deputies are why I’m here. Many of them are what I’ve come to believe law … more
Memorial Day is the day we set aside to honor those everyday heroes who put themselves in harm’s way, whether our lost servicemen and women, veterans, police, fire fighters, etc. This year … more
After two devastating months with little to no income, Friday marked the beginning of a recovery for several local businesses as the governor’s COVID-19 plan moved into Phase 3. As liquor … more
I have been an exhibitor at the Montgomery County Fair since 2015 taking my baking, arts and crafts, and photography items. It is the only county fair that I take my items to and the only one that … more
One man’s snitch is a hero to another; it’s always a matter of perspective. Anyone with a younger sister or brother most likely remembers when the sibling delighted in tattle-tale … more
The other day my husband, Kyle, asked me what I was going to write my monthly column about. I looked at him and said turning 40 with a smile. To which he replied, "feeling flirty?" I can't say … more
In regard to the new guidelines set forth by our governor, the outside dining rules are absolutely ridiculous. In my opinion it’s nothing more than JB trying to protect himself from the many … more
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Some people assume they are well mentally because they do not have a diagnosed mental illness, they do not use illicit drugs and they don’t take medication … more
Since I was a boy growing up in rural Illinois post-World War II, American agriculture has achieved momentous productivity increases, from about 45 bushels an acre of corn back then to an average of … more
You certainly don’t need us to tell you that 168 has been a heckuva year. Yes, we know the calendar says it’s 2020, but if you look on the front page of today’s issue–on … more
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
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