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As a former mayor of the city of Hillsboro, I don't like to poke my nose back into city business, but I'm also a resident of the city and like everyone else am entitled to express my opinion. The … more
Sports have played an instrumental role in my development as a young person, as well as in my adult life. My first recollections of competition would stem from little kid's track meets in Decatur and … more
June 1 marks the fifth anniversary of the grand opening of the Litchfield Museum and Route 66 Welcome Center.  It has been an exciting, busy, fast five years! A great deal has been … more
A woman is like a tea bag - you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water. - Eleanor Roosevelt. My college roommate shared this quote with me as a gift during our time at Mizzou, … more
 This tribute is dedicated to my dad and is but a brief recollection from my perspective of some memories about him and Joe's Barber Shop. Thanks to my mom, Marilyn, for her organized facts and … more
I just came from a class reunion meeting with five of my high school classmates. We're planning the 40th reunion for the Hillsboro High School Class of 1978. Just reading that in print gives me … more
We did it once again! Letter carriers at the Sorento Post Office along with postal employees and local volunteers teamed up to stamp out hunger in the community. I want to thank everyone who … more
Age creeps up slowly, but suddenly there you are, and with it comes new constraints in life from physical limitations to lack of knowledge in upcoming technology, to actual age discrimination on the … more
Grandma and Grandpa spend most of May 1951 preparing for their daughter, Alberta Johnston and her son, Bill, to come for a long awaited visit from their home in Southern California. The house must be … more
Greetings from the Ridge. It was just about as tight a game as you'd want to witness. The two teams had been battling it out for almost two hours, the score was tied with almost a minute … more
National Stuttering Awareness Week begins May 7. Did you know more than three million Americans stutter? That's more than the populations of Wyoming, Vermont, Alaska, North Dakota, and Washington, … more
Greetings from the Ridge. I think it was the only social studies assignment I ever flunked. At least I think I flunked it. I know I at least bombed it royally. The assignment was to find a … more
"You (A writer) take your material where you find it, which is in your life, at the intersection of past and present. The memory-traffic feeds into a rotary up on your head, where it goes in circles … more
As a child, I wanted to be just like my friends. I tried to act like them and talk like them, whether or not it was the right thing to do. I imitated those around me because I wanted to be known as … more
I've been reflecting a lot lately on inspiration and those who inspire me to be the best person I can be. Even before Grace was diagnosed with INAD, my life has always been full of people setting a … more
Greetings from the Ridge. Barbara Bush would never allow her children to brag, as modesty was chief among the virtues she demanded of her brood of six kids. I sat watching George W. in the front … 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
Over the last month or so The Journal-News has published several articles describing some of my combat experiences during my service with the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam.   The initial article, … more
President Trump has started a trade war with China. Why does the American farmer have to take a huge hit? People must eat to live.  Ask people in North Korea or Venezuela what it is like to live … more
 When I first met Andy Manar, I was Regional Superintendent of Schools for Christian and Montgomery counties and he was a key member of the Illinois State Senate staff.   He was the "go to" … more
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