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Eisentrauts To Open Grand Theatre In Hillsboro

The Eisentraut family of Hillsboro is ringing in the new year with some "Grand" plans to bring more life to downtown Hillsboro. Owners of the Orpheum Theatre in Hillsboro, Jeff and Julie …

County Board Tables 911 Discussion

In a unanimous decision, members of the Montgomery County Board decided to table a resolution to dissolve the county's Emergency Telephone Services Board (911) for one month. Board member Richard …

Hillsboro Council Approves Fee Schedule

Hillsboro's city council okayed a new Parks and Recreation Fee Schedule as recommended by the Natural Resources Committee at their first meeting of 2020 held Tuesday night, January 14. All council …

Schram City Board Debates Cannabis

Following a motion to approve November's minutes, members of the Schram City Village Board entered into executive session, where they spent 20 minutes discussing employee pay raises during their …
Journal-News Sports

Post Presence Pushes Toppers Past Wesclin

Hillsboro's presence in the paint helped them score their 12th win of the season on Monday, Jan. 13, as the Lady Hiltoppers beat Wesclin 61-46 in Hillsboro. Complimented by three-point shooting …

Free Throws Save The Day For Lady Redskins

To start off their week, the Nokomis Lady Redskins were on the road to Kincaid to battle the South Fork Ponies on Monday, Jan. 13.  Going into the game, the Skins knew it would be a physical …

Nokomis Ready To Defend Mohawk Title For 27th Time

Unofficially, the Nokomis Redskins went into this year's Mohawk Winter Classic with 111 wins under their belt in just 121 games. Officially, the Redskins have won 26 of the last 33 tournaments, …
Obituaries
Jane Alana Cress-Tuchmann, 55 Jane Alana Cress-Tuchmann, 55, of Nokomis, died on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, at 1:20 p.m. at HSHS St. John's Hospital in Springfield. Visitation will be held Saturday, Jan. 18, from 10 a.m. to 12 …
Henry A. Ernst, 92 Henry A. Ernst, 92, of Hillsboro, died on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, at 9:30 a.m. at his residence. Visitation will be held Friday, Jan. 17, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Bass Patton Dean Funeral Home in …
Verda O. Chappelear, 89 Verda O. Chappelear, 89, of Hillsboro, died Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, at 11:25 a.m. at Hillsboro Area Hospital. Private burial services will be held at a later date. Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in …
John D. Durbin, 72 John D. Durbin, 72, of West Palm Beach, FL, formerly of Hillsboro, died Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, at 7:30 a.m. at Good Samaritan Hospital in West Palm Beach, FL. No services are planned. A …
Maud E. Belden, 77 Maud E. Belden, 77, of Litchfield, died Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, at 11:20 p.m. at HSHS St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield surrounded by her loved ones. Visitation will be held Thursday, Jan. 16, …
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From The Opinion Page

GRANDMA'S DIARIES • January 1953 Begins In California

Grandma saved several items in her 1953 diary. She listed the top stories of the past year. Number 1–Eisenhower's election as the first Republican president in 20 years. Number 2 cites the …

RAMBLINGS • Birthday Party For A Non-Party Animal

No one has called me a party animal–ever. I might have attended one birthday party when I was 11 or 12, when a daughter of a friend of my mother's became a teenager and her mom invited a few …
Letters To The Editor
Record Number Of Felonies Filed This Year

Greetings and Happy New Year to the citizens of Montgomery County. As we welcome the start of a new year and the closing out of a decade, I thought it would be a good time to update you on some of …

Museum Hosted More Than 8,000 Visitors This Year

As we look back on this past year, we would like to take this opportunity to thank the many citizens of Litchfield and the surrounding area for their support.  We so appreciate the donations …