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Kenny Ryker Appointed Litchfield Police Chief

A familiar face was sworn in as Litchfield’s newest police chief on Thursday, April 18, as Lt. Kenny Ryker was appointed to the position to start the Litchfield City Council meeting. Ryker …

Planning Commission Discusses Lake Issues

The only motion made during the Hillsboro Planning Commission held Thursday, April 18, in city hall recommended that the city council have the next five year plan produced professionally. The motion, …

Treasurer Michael Frerichs Visits Litchfield

As planting season draws near, Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs stopped by Litchfield Bank and Trust's main branch Wednesday afternoon, April 17, and spoke with various officers about the Ag …

Cardinals Raffle Now Part Of First Responders Event

Organizers have added a raffle for St. Louis Cardinals baseball tickets to the First Responders Appreciation Day, set for Saturday, April 27, at the Masonic Lodge in Hillsboro. A maximum of 200 …
Journal-News Sports
Houchlei's 12th Inning Grand Slam Saves Hanners 23 Strikeout Gem
Wednesday was one of those games that great teams need during a special season. After being held to one hit and no runs in the first … Read More
Panthers Walk Off With Win Over Nokomis
The Litchfield Lady Panthers picked up a victory over Nokomis on Wednesday, April 17, by a 5-4 final score. The Lady Panthers … Read More
Lady Lancers Win Home Invite
The Lincolnwood High School softball team ended their weekend on a high note by earning the championship trophy of the Lincolnwood … Read More
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Obituaries
Verda Hahnenkamp, 87 Verda Hahnenkamp, 87, of Springfield, died on Wednesday, April 24, 2019, at Hillsboro Rehabilitation and Health Care Center. Arrangements are pending at Hough Funeral Home in Hillsboro. Ms. …
Ronald G. Thiessen, 85 Ronald Gene Thiessen, 85, of Raymond, died on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, at 7 p.m. at Heritage Health: Therapy and Senior Care in Carlinville. A memorial service will be held at a later date. …
Beverly I. Hartke, 79 Beverly Ione Hartke, 79, of Litchfield, died on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, at 8:20 a.m. at HSHS St. John's Hospital in Springfield. Visitation will be held Friday, April 26, from 5 to 8 pm. at …
Armour O. Beckerman, 94 Armour O. Beckerman, 94, of Hillsboro, died Tuesday, April 23, 2019, at 2:34 p.m. at Hillsboro Area Hospital. Private graveside services will be held at Oak Grove Cemetery in Hillsboro, with Mark …
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GRANDMA'S DIARIES • April 1952–New Sewing Machine, Tractor

April 1952 begins with leftover winter weather, but by the end of the month, Grandma is sowing garden seed. Big happenings during the month include the purchase of a new sewing machine for Grandma …

AFTERTHOUGHTS • Social Security: Moral Right But Not Legal One

"Did you know about this? That no one is guaranteed to get Social Security," Butler resident Don Walker said to me at the front counter of the newspaper office a couple of weeks ago. I did not …
Letters To The Editor
Denita Hedden Family Still Searching For Answers

My wife Denita Marie Hedden disappeared on Dec. 25, 2017, out of Royal Lakes in Macoupin County and has been presumed to be deceased since the first week in February of 2018 in a public announcement …

Trim The Size Of County Board, Not Recycling

Montgomery County would be taking a giant step backwards if it ended the recycling program. Surely it's better to recycle acceptable items than fill our dump with those same items.  Some …