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This past week, I finally started the hunt, the one that leads through dresser drawers, closet shelves, bathroom vanities and toy bins; the one that results in multiple trips to the local Salvation … more
My husband Tom and I had an enjoyable time at the 2018 Montgomery County Fair. We exhibited antiques, collectibles and vegetables there for the fourth time this year.  We enjoy doing this: the … more
Greetings from the Ridge. Not in my wildest imagination could I guess that as I headed to church on Sunday morning I'd be directed to a tavern, and it was all the fault of my fellow drinkers down … more
July 1951 finds Grandma busy picking and canning blackberries. I have wonderful taste memories of her blackberry jelly and blackberry cobbler. She and Grandpa take drives around Montgomery and … more
Hillsboro is observing the 100th anniversary of Lake Hillsboro.  The article in the July 2 issue of The Journal-News shared a photo of the monument located by the park office and some interesting … more
I remember June, 1951. I loved having Aunt Alberta home for the entire month. I got acquainted with my cousin, Bill Johnston and met other relatives from California and Kansas.  The entire month was … more
The epitaph at the base of the Statue of Liberty reads as follows: "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore.  Send … more
I've been yelled at a time or two since I've been at The Journal-News. I've been told I was biased, unfair, narcissistic, inaccurate and a failure. But I've never been shot. I've never watched as … more
If, as clerics say, confession is good for the soul, I should feel heaven-bound after this ramble. I wish reaching the golden streets were that easy. As far as I know, I haven't done any capital … more
My dad always says the best gifts you can give your children are roots and wings, and I think he's done a pretty great job with that over the years. As I continue to think about the people that … more
Greetings from the Ridge. If your hand trembles then I'm with you. Mine does too. No matter which side of the political fence you may be sitting on this morning, it's becoming increasingly hard to … more
As I write this column, Father's Day is only a few days away. My dad died at the end of 1994, and though I have missed him since, I have to admit the grief of his passing has been overshadowed since … more
There is a Shay 1 Mine public hearing scheduled June 21 at Carlinville Library starting at 5:30 p.m.   Macoupin Energy LLC has applied for the seventh renewal of Permit 56 and the sixth renewal … more
Litchfield graduate Kelsey Law was hoping for a scholarship when she applied for St. Louis Children's Hospital's 2018 Susan Goddard Nursing Scholarship, but Laws passion and path to her career got … more
Greetings from the Ridge. 'Tis the season but I'm not sure I'm quite up to it any longer. Time was, there was nothing I enjoyed more than a sunny Saturday morning of visiting the various yard … more
Greetings from the Ridge. I never took much interest in the pile of magazines that Mom would subscribe to each month, but when a few of the perfume and lotion manufacturers started inserting the … more
The mental health seminar that took place in our community on Feb. 3 proved that many are wanting more opportunities for recovery for people with mental health conditions and substance use … more
Greetings from the Ridge. Oct. 26, 1967–John McCain's bomber was hit by a surface-to-air missile, destroying the right wing of the plane. McCain said that the aircraft immediately went into an … more
I had proud moments on Saturday morning, May 12, when oldest granddaughter Kaylyn received her B.A. degree in justice administration from Blackburn College. I also discovered that pride brings teary … more
Internet sports gambling is a massive expansion of gambling. Access to sporting events worldwide 24 hours a day, makes gambling just a click away and fuels gambling addiction. Internet sports … more
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