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Looking back at some newspapers over the past year, I couldn't help but smile as I stopped to look at this year's Hillsboro High School Prom King Dalton Tefteller, whose million dollar smile is one … more
I am writing because of some misinformation and wrongdoing to a fine person such as Dr. Jay Martin. I know Dr. Martin and I could not believe what I was hearing could be true of his character.  I … more
After three years, Bruce Rauner finally got his day in the sun. The Supreme Court again sided with corporate interests and ruled that fair share employees don't have to pay into a fair system that … more
For the last three years I have been pointing to the excellent work that has been done by the Hillsboro City Council and the Hillsboro Police Department in addressing the serious issue of derelict … more
Last Tuesday, July 17, members of Congress and witnesses voiced their opposition to tariffs on Canadian newsprint to the International Trade Commission, citing the harm already caused to U.S. … more
Greetings from the Ridge. It's already begun–the season of campaigning as November approaches and we are bombarded by ads of character assassination instead of substance. We're headed toward … more
In a recent poll held a couple weeks ago (June 26-28) by Victory Research, Democrat J.B. Pritzker had a 15-point lead over incumbent Republican Bruce Rauner in this heavily contested gubernatorial … more
This past week, I finally started the hunt, the one that leads through dresser drawers, closet shelves, bathroom vanities and toy bins; the one that results in multiple trips to the local Salvation … more
My husband Tom and I had an enjoyable time at the 2018 Montgomery County Fair. We exhibited antiques, collectibles and vegetables there for the fourth time this year.  We enjoy doing this: the … more
Greetings from the Ridge. Not in my wildest imagination could I guess that as I headed to church on Sunday morning I'd be directed to a tavern, and it was all the fault of my fellow drinkers down … more
July 1951 finds Grandma busy picking and canning blackberries. I have wonderful taste memories of her blackberry jelly and blackberry cobbler. She and Grandpa take drives around Montgomery and … more
Hillsboro is observing the 100th anniversary of Lake Hillsboro.  The article in the July 2 issue of The Journal-News shared a photo of the monument located by the park office and some interesting … more
I remember June, 1951. I loved having Aunt Alberta home for the entire month. I got acquainted with my cousin, Bill Johnston and met other relatives from California and Kansas.  The entire month was … more
The epitaph at the base of the Statue of Liberty reads as follows: "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore.  Send … more
I've been yelled at a time or two since I've been at The Journal-News. I've been told I was biased, unfair, narcissistic, inaccurate and a failure. But I've never been shot. I've never watched as … more
If, as clerics say, confession is good for the soul, I should feel heaven-bound after this ramble. I wish reaching the golden streets were that easy. As far as I know, I haven't done any capital … more
My dad always says the best gifts you can give your children are roots and wings, and I think he's done a pretty great job with that over the years. As I continue to think about the people that … more
Greetings from the Ridge. If your hand trembles then I'm with you. Mine does too. No matter which side of the political fence you may be sitting on this morning, it's becoming increasingly hard to … more
As I write this column, Father's Day is only a few days away. My dad died at the end of 1994, and though I have missed him since, I have to admit the grief of his passing has been overshadowed since … more
There is a Shay 1 Mine public hearing scheduled June 21 at Carlinville Library starting at 5:30 p.m.   Macoupin Energy LLC has applied for the seventh renewal of Permit 56 and the sixth renewal … more
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