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Back in the summer of 2010, while I was living in Springfield, I received a call from my mom telling me that my Grandma Mollet wasn't doing very well. She was in the nursing home in Greenville, and … more
I’ve always liked words, especially written words. I’ve found the spoken word to be slippery; speeches, especially political ones, have been a turn-off, literally when it comes to … more
Editor’s Note: This column was written by 2010 Hillsboro High School graduate Megan Turner, a former staff member at The Mt. Olive Herald. Her grandmother, Kathy Blankenship of Coffeen found it … more
Let’s face it. It’s been a long month for all of us. Our “normal” routines have been stripped away, and we are unable to do many of the things that bring all of us so much … more
When reading the newspaper, I noticed under the “court” heading that there were several domestic battery charges. Dealing with the present virus and not knowing what will happen next … more
Hello, Hillsboro! It is now week five of the self-isolation. Because of the lack of activity in the community, I decided to interview 12 different students of various ages about their experiences … more
I have an affinity for affirmations. Words, quotes, lyrics–I gather them like precious jewels. Sometimes they are words of wisdom and guidance, sometimes questions to focus on throughout my … more
Over the past few weeks, we have all experienced one of the most extraordinary situations of our lives, the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.   With the onset of this illness and the resulting … more
April was always baby chick month, one of my favorite times at the farm. The little red brooder house which had big windows and a peaked roof sat next to the garden on the east side of the house. … more
The Litchfield Museum and Route 66 Welcome Center has an opportunity and obligation to record the experiences we are going through to help future generations understand what it was like in the … more
I begin with a disclaimer. I am very happy with my past career. I didn’t become wealthy, but as long as I hustled (not in street lingo–I never had a street hustle–but as long as I … more
As a lifelong Illinoisan, I have never felt prouder or safer to be a resident of this state. Gov. JB Pritzker and his administration are setting a precedent for pandemic response in a time of fear … more
This unprecedented time of quandary for our generation has reckoned us to a new appreciation for the basics of daily living. In Taylorville, we who are employed on the school buses have been … more
Just two weeks ago, I walked into the office and the assignment board was full of photo orders as we geared up for an always hectic spring season.  There were team photos for spring sports, … more
The last week, since the Coronavirus stay at home order has been put in place, I have been wondering what I can do to help others in need. Since I myself am considered high risk, I'm limited on my … more
The following letter was submitted by Nelma Lawton of Hillsboro. She is the wife of Hillsboro United Methodist Church minister, Pastor Mike Lawton. The letter was written by her friend, Cathy … more
Thank you, Dr. Balen, for the beautiful prayer and picture of the Blessed Mother submitted to The Journal-News during the Coronavirus pandemic. more
For the past 168 years, the staff at The Journal-News, and its predecessors have been dedicated to bringing Montgomery County the most up-to-date local news. From happy news, like births and … more
"You have to be confident enough to be courageous in the right moments." - Brian McNamee, Vice-President Amgen, public education advocate and youth mentor. In 1999 I was a young associate pastor … more
As the scope and threat of the coronavirus pandemic becomes clear, people all over the world hunger for two things: an effective vaccine and truthful information about the disease. The former may … more
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