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The Jan. 7, 1935, front page of The Hillsboro Journal trumpeted the climax to a depression-era story that thrust Montgomery County into the national spotlight: "'Treason' Case Not To Come To … more
I spent several years asking different people for advice, looking up how to publish a book, even going back to college, but it wasn't until a few months back that my dreams came true. And, after … more
If I were a runner, I'd sense I am in the home stretch. At 75, I don't know how much longer I'll be striding down life's track, but I am self-aware enough to know I've run farther than the distance I … more
Although I always say that spaghetti is my very favorite food, I would have to say that pizza comes in a close second, very close. And if I'm being totally honest, my favorite is just plain old … more
The Fourth of July holiday is approaching fast.  Independence Day is a time to celebrate, reflect on freedom and of course, enjoy fireworks.   Federal, state and local laws and … more
Two weeks ago, our 20-foot pontoon made its last sailing while in our name, heading east, not toward the sunrise but instead to Mattoon on Route 16. I'm kind of glad I wasn't yet home from work to … more
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
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