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On Dec. 3, 1818, Illinois became the 21st state in the union.  At that time, the state population was roughly the same as the population of Montgomery County is today–around 30,000 people.  The … more
It's been almost a year of writing about people from throughout our community who inspire me. And it's been one of my favorite column themes, as I've written about people who carry a positive outlook … more
I'm not sure how it got to be mid-November already, but here we are. The past few weeks have seen birthdays of my mom, granddaughter, grandson and myself come and go. The election and all the … more
An early cold snap and a heavy snow make for a difficult November in 1951. Grandma and Grandpa have to make an emergency call for Ed Holcomb to deliver a supply of coal for the heating stove, and … more
Thumbs up to Mr. Steve McLaughlin who puts flags up and down both sides of Edgewood Drive on certain holidays to remember our veterans. It's wonderful of him, and I say, "thank you, Steve, for the … more
Since recently moving to Hillsboro, I have enjoyed the gracious discount for police and veterans at the Dairy Queen in Hillsboro.  I have always shown my proof of military service when asked to do … more
A month or two ago a friend (or nemesis, depending upon the day) gifted me with a photo that once appeared in the Journal, (probably on the sports' pages although it could have been printed for comic … 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
I think what I'll remember most is her contagious laugh. It was a laugh that was larger than life, and so welcoming that it made you feel like you had known her for years. As I sat down to write … 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
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
I am writing this letter to publicly announce that I am proudly supporting Mark Brazel for sheriff. During my tenure as Montgomery County Coroner, I have experienced first-hand how Mark goes above … more
First, a brief lesson in recent history: four years ago voters in the 95th Legislative District re-elected Wayne Rosenthal, a Republican with a proven record of representing his district, as state … more
Beyond a doubt, Rick Robbins is the most qualified to be the next sheriff of Montgomery County. His experience as undersheriff, interactions with the county board and numerous leadership training … more
Nearly four years ago I was elected by the citizens of the city of Hillsboro to serve on her city council as the Public Health and Safety Commissioner. During those four years I have developed a … more
I am asking the voters to please look at records and a candidate's ability and experience. Too often a candidate's ability is overshadowed by an opposing candidate's name or affiliation or size … more
Halloween is coming soon, and I don't just mean the date on the calendar. A remake of the classic horror movie releases next week featuring the original scream queen, Jamie Lee Curtis, and her … more
I heartily endorse Bryant Hitchings, our state's attorney.   I recently retired after practicing 40 years as a prior assistant Montgomery County State's Attorney and as a criminal defense … 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
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
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