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Zion Lutheran Welcomes New Principal

Trading in oceanside palm trees for golden midwestern cornfields, the Lofinks are looking foward to beginning the new school year at Zion Lutheran School in Litchfield. The couple, who hail from …

To Combine Or Not To Combine

Like a play, the joint board meeting between the Morrisonville and Panhandle school districts on Aug. 4, was split into two acts.  Act one focused on what the schools are doing this year to …

Hillsboro Board Hears Plans For Each School

Administrators in the Hillsboro School District described how the reopening plan will be implemented in their schools during a special school board meeting set specifically for that discussion on …

Rountree Dock, Benches Honor Kaden

A dock and pair of park benches were dedicated at Rountree Gun Club west of Nokomis in memory of the late Kaden Dean Reynolds, 16-year-old son of Kristopher and Jodi Reynolds of Nokomis, who passed …
Journal-News Sports

Weather Doesn’t Rain On Hertel Tourney Parade

Wet weather on Aug. 1 forced the first Roy L. Hertel Foundation For Better Communities golf tournament to be pushed back a day, but it didn’t dampen the spirits of the teams who signed up to …

Brown Shoe Softball Team Was A Step Above The Rest

In 1940, the headlines on the front page revolved around the German bombings of Britain and President Franklin Roosevelt being elected for a third term. But further back in the pages of …

Hemken Runs Sixth At Spoon River Speedway

It was far from an ideal weekend for racing for Sorento’s Eldon Hemken as rain cancelled his plans to go to Farmer City Raceway on July 31. Fortunately, the WHO2 driver would get some action in …
Obituaries
Agnes Hawley, 100 Agnes Hawley, 100, of Hillsboro, died on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, at 9:28 p.m. at Hillsboro Rehabilitation and Health Care Center. No services are planned at this time. Cremation rites were …
Judith K. Ott, 77 Judith K. (Paris) Ott, 77, of Staunton, died at 11 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, at Heritage Health in Staunton. Friends may call prior to services, from noon until 2 p.m., on Friday, Aug. 7, at …
Betty J. Ward, 85 Betty J. Ward, 85, of Hillsboro, died on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, at 3:40 a.m. at Montgomery Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Taylor Springs. Cremation rites were accorded and no public services …
Jason S. Newell, 36 Jason S. Newell, 36, of Witt, formerly of Springfield, died on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Hough and Sons Funeral Home in Hillsboro is assisting the …
Ken F. 'Mac' McDonald, 81 Ken F. “Mac” McDonald, 81, of Litchfield, died on Monday, July 27, 2020, at 11:45 a.m. at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. Cremation rites have been accorded by Litchfield …
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OLD SETTLERS MEMORIAL PRAYER • Pausing 'In The Garden' To Remember

One of the favorite old time hymns in our Christian community is “In the Garden.” It comes to mind when occasions like this arise, when we pause to remember those who have passed from us …

RAMBLINGS • #263 Is For Baby Emma

This “Ramblings” is for Emma, my almost year old great-granddaughter, in hopes that she’ll care what my life was like when she turns 21. I don’t see her often enough, and I …
Letters To The Editor
Make Decisions Based On Science, Not Elections

These are certainly unusual times in our community and our country.  Unfortunately, many of our politicians have focused on issues that have little to do with the health and future of our …

Paws Says Thank Your For Your Support

The Paws Care, Inc. board would like to thank the local communities for their support.   When the biggest fundraiser for Paws–their annual trivia night–was postponed and then …