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My name is Bart Wetzel and I have resided in Hillsboro for the past 20-plus years.  You may know me as the anesthetist at Hillsboro Area Hospital, or from my past involvement with coaching little … more
Andrew Affrunti is a proven prosecutor of violent criminals in Sangamon County. I have spent the last two years working closely with Andrew on serious criminal cases as an officer with the police … more
During my childhood, I tried desperately to live my own life. I always felt that my parents told me no more times than need be, and that I never got to do what I wanted. Of course, that wasn't … more
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month.   We all know someone who has either had cancer and beat it or unfortunately passed away from it.  … more
Comments directed my way at the Sertoma Picnic in the Park(ing Lot) held on June 1 brought back memories from my days as an educator and my brief weeks spent working part-time as a gas station … more
As I write this, we've only had one week of April and I'm already tired of it. From the sounds of it, many others feel the same. It's 65 degrees one day and down in the 20s the next. It rains for … more
Greetings from the Ridge. They thought they had it made and the worst was over. The family had been traveling for over a month to get here and had somehow survived exposure to the elements of the … more
President Donald J. Trump visited Granite City Steel (United States Steel) this week and delivered a stirring, encouraging speech to the employees of the newly re-opened plant. It was wonderful to … more
Greetings from the Ridge. You can talk about your adventures and thrills of a lifetime all you want, but until you've stood knee deep in clover hay atop a barn hay mow at 110 degrees and you get … more
Montgomery County citizens will be voting soon to elect a new sheriff to lead the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office. I would like to share some of my insight.  I have been a deputy sheriff with … more
A tax on the number of miles a person drives is a terrible idea for rural and downstate residents of Illinois. That's why I filed Senate Resolution 1589 months ago firmly objecting to such an … more
For several months she ran loose in Irving. People sat food out for her, knowing she was hungry.  No one knew where she came from.   The collar she had on disappeared.  Animal control tried to … more
Andrew Affrunti is our go-to prosecutor for the street crimes unit.  Andrew prosecutes the most complex serious drug and weapons offenses in Sangamon County. Being a member of the street crimes … more
There's a lot to be said for living in a small town. I just so appreciate Hillsboro Rental for coming to my rescue Tuesday.  I decided I was going to get my deck ready for staining.  My husband … more
The big news in October of 1951 is the addition to the farm's water system. Running water to the barn yard will now save Grandma and Grandpa a lot of extra work. No more filling the stock tank by … more
Greetings from the Ridge. Herb and I are always looking for a new adventure, an excursion to some place we've never been and although I've usually got to do most of the planning, this time Herb … more
"Everything in this newspaper is important to someone." It's become something of a mantra for me, in recent years. Weekly community newspapers are eclectic, to say the least. We publish photos … more
Wake up, America! As you recall from history, the fall of Rome's no mystery. As you can plainly see today, it could by the fall of the USA. Not destroyed by an atom war, but a … more
I am proud to write in support of Rick Robbins for sheriff of Montgomery County. I have been in law enforcement since 2008 and have had the opportunity to know and work with Rick during that … more
A Father's Day present suggested in June and executed in early July confirmed what I've long suspected–I am not a flatlander. Dawn, 13-year-old grandchild Kamryn, and I were eating in a … more
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