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Greetings from the Ridge. The congregation turned and looked at us and at once I was swept up in a horrible memory from my childhood. It was Christmas Eve in our little church and the preacher had … 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
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
I have put a lot of thought into the choice for my vote for the next sheriff of Montgomery County and want to share my decision-making process. I did not choose by friendship, as I am a friend of … more
Dear readers, "the blue wall" represents progressive secularism, which is anti-God in nature.  We as a nation are in deep trouble as socialist progressives have doubled down on their efforts to turn … more
They say it takes a village to raise a child, and we're very lucky each and every day to live in a village that not only takes care of us, but loves our Grace as if she were their own. But that … more
It is my honor and privilege to support Mark Brazel in the race for Montgomery County Sheriff.   I have known Mark for many years, and I have had the pleasure of working with him in many … more
Cross-Over Ministries would like to thank our gracious host, Hillsboro Junior High School, for the use of their facilities to show the documentary, "The Ripple Effect."   We also want to thank … more
With the recent passing of County Treasurer Ron Jenkins and the upcoming elections, I felt it a good time to reflect on one's service. Ron proudly served his country as he proudly served the … 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
Greetings from the Ridge. President Harry S. Truman was steaming mad so he dashed off a letter to the Treasurer of the United States: "I don't think that the financial advisor of God Himself would … more
On Aug. 29 the Atlas 46 Company was given a great economic development presentation by the MCGI representatives and the cities of Litchfield and Hillsboro.   My sincere thanks goes out to all those … more
Is it possible to experience empty nest syndrome over ten years after your last child leaves your home? When Bryce died in 2007, my husband and I were finally alone in the house, except for the two … more
I am writing this letter to show my support for Rick Robbins, Republican candidate for sheriff. When asked, "Why Rick Robbins for sheriff?" these thoughts come to mind: I respect his ability to … more
Andrew Affrunti is a rock star who answers his phone 24/7, and makes time for anyone that asks. He is reasonable and tells you if your case sucks. He offers educated and experienced advice, and it … more
Greetings from the Ridge. You're offered a choice of flavors like orange mango, coconut, or a combination of blueberry and cucumber, and it comes either plain or carbonated. The iconic American … 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
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
Recently, I was privileged to participate with the city of Litchfield in an economic development presentation to "Atlas 46," a very successful manufacturing operation based in Fenton, MO. Atlas is … more
After I finished labeling all of Grace's school supplies for kindergarten this year, Kyle and I got to talking about her school experiences and the friends she has made over the years. And then he … more
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