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Another Old Settlers has come and gone, but the memories will last until next year! To help relive some of those favorite times, check out the Hillsboro Old Settlers Facebook page, which now has nearly 1,000 followers, for hundreds of photos and videos of this year's celebration. Feel free to tag those you know in the photos and share them for everyone to see! For more information, visit their website online at www.hillsborooldsettlers.com.

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Although Old Settlers is done, there's still plenty of ways to stay busy this fall! Lace up those running (or walking) shoes and join "A Grace-Filled Journey" 5K and one-mile run and walk event on Saturday, Sept. 5, beginning at 9 a.m. at Hillsboro High School. More than 350 are already registered to participate with virtual runners in Alaska, California, Texas, Michigan, Nebraska, Florida and more.

It's even gone global! Raymond native Kylie Walch and two teacher friends will participate in the race in Mandalay, Myanmar (in Asia), and former Hillsboro resident Kyle Stewart will run the race from his hometown of London, England.

Registration is $25 for adults and $15 for children ages 12 and under, and registration forms will be accepted through the morning of the race. For more information, visit online at www.facebook.com/GraceFilled5k.

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The start of the new school year is just around the corner, and thanks to some generous community members, this year's Panhandle School District students will have a new weight and cardio room at the high school. On their Facebook page, the school district gives special thanks to The Journal-News for an article about needing some used equipment donations, and they received enough to get them started.

The two former classrooms now have a fresh coat of paint, a Lancer on the wall and a fitness center that will provide health and wellness opportunities for its students.

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In addition to the local students preparing for school, many students are headed off across the country to attend college. Keep them up-to-date on the latest news from Montgomery County with a subscription to The Journal-News, at a reduced rate of $44 per school year. Online e-editions are $39 per school year. Don't miss a single issue. Call today at (217) 532-3933 for more information.

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And before you go back to school, Central Park Pool in Hillsboro is hosting one last evening pool party to benefit the Imagine Hillsboro organization. The glow swim and luau event will be held on Friday evening, Aug. 14, from 6 to 10 p.m., and admission is $2 per person. It is sponsored by Roger Jennings and Dr. Kirk Hess.

The evening includes glow sticks, a DJ, games, silent auction, limbo contest, hula hoop contest, a diving board challenge and more. Participants may also meet Jeff Dunn's parrot from 6 to 7 p.m. For more information, call (217) 532-6314.

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Don't forget about the fish! The fish are hungry, and they love to be fed by local youth. JP's Landing on the south marina at Glenn Shoals Lake in Hillsboro has plenty of fish food for just $.25 or take your own bread, and the children will be delighted. Stop by before the end of the summer!

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The Autism Support Connection is once again hosting a sensory friendly movie at The Orpheum Theatre in downtown Hillsboro on Saturday, Aug. 14, beginning at 1 p.m. Originally, they hoped to show Underdogs, but will instead show Flubber for this month's presentation.

The TASC group will cover the cost of admission to the movie, which includes popcorn and soda. Participants may also bring their own snacks. For more information, contact Lynn Sellers at (217) 556-9535.

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The Springfield Clinic is once again hosting a "Passport to a Healthy Life" event on Saturday, Aug. 15, from 9 a.m. to noon at Hillsboro Area Hospital and Fusion Fitness and Aquatics for kids of all ages. Make sure to wear tennis shoes for moderate exercising and family friendly exhibits and activities. This fun event is free and open to the public, with lots of giveaways and prizes for the kids. A wide variety of local organizations will have booth presentations, and it will take about an hour to complete all the stations. For more information, call (217) 532-6911.

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Looking for one last fun summer fling? Bank and Trust Company will host a bus trip to see West Side Story at the Springfield Muni on Saturday, Aug. 22. Tickets are $45, and includes dinner at Cracker Barrel. For more information or to make a reservation, contact Patty Fletcher at (217) 229-3090.

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Mark your calendars now for the annual "Walk for a Cure" on Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Nokomis City Park. Registration for the event begins at 8 a.m., and the walk starts at 9 a.m. Registration forms and raffle tickets are now available at Suzzie's Beauty Shop in downtown Nokomis.

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Joint Honor Guard Commander Lee Cerny pointed out that we had some folks in the wrong place in the page IB photo of the guard's participation in the Old Settlers Big Parade. Kenny Marsh was actually driving his military jeep following the police cars and Don Walcher, who drove from Springfield to march in the parade with his twin brother Dale, was omitted.

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National Bank of Hillsboro is offering a free seminar on "iPhone for Beginners" on Tuesday, Aug. 18, at 8:30 a.m.

This seminar will teach participants how to get the most out of their smartphone. Topics include sending text messages, taking and sending photos, maximizing battery charge, sending and receiving email, web browsing and downloading and using apps.

Reserve online at national-bank.com orcall217-532-3991. Space is limited, so RSVP by Aug. 17. The class will be held at National Bank, 230 S. Main St. in Hillsboro.

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Erin Joy, born and raised in Litchfield, is spearheading a Midwest Women Business Owners' Conference on Friday, Oct. 23, at The Ritz Carlton in Clayton, MO. This event will bring top women business leaders throughout the Midwest together to discuss and explore the findings of the WBO 360° annual report. Founder of Black Dress Partners, a business consulting and coaching organization, Joy has worked with hundreds of women business owners to optimize their organizations. "I've found there is a real need to collect quantifiable data for this specific market segment, as well as translate the significance of this data," she said. "My team put together a survey to compile this valuable information and wanted to build a forum for sharing the results and discussing the ramifications."

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As the end of summer draws near, so do the final free family swim nights at Litchfield Memorial Pool. Only two more remain. The first will be from 6 until 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 19, and the second from 10 a.m. until noon on Saturday, Sept. 5. The free admission swims have been courtesy of Steve Schmitt-Brubaker and Steve Schmitt Auto Credit.

The September swim will coincide with the grand opening of the new Brubaker Playground which has been built between the pool and the Litchfield Community Center.

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