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Hillsboro Council Discusses Animal Control

Animal control contract issues were on the Hillsboro City Council agenda again Tuesday evening, May 21. Mayor Don Downs said he felt the county’s mayors and the …

Panhandle Summer Projects Underway

School has only been out a few days, but the summer projects in the Panhandle School District are in full swing. Superintendent Aaron Hopper updated the board of education …

Litchfield School District Celebrates Retirees And State Qualifiers In May

It was a night of celebration for members of the Litchfield School Board, who recognized district retirees and state qualifiers as part of their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday evening, May 21, at …

Gold Star Mother Will Speak On Memorial Day

Gold Star mother Sally Nation of Hillsboro will be the speaker at this year’s Memorial Day service in Hillsboro on Monday, May 27. The service begins at 10 a.m. at the Hillsboro Veterans …
Journal-News Sports

Hoover Gives Litchfield Girls Third Straight Title

At some point, the Litchfield Middle School girls track team will realize that IESA state champions don’t come along every year. Or maybe, if things continue at their current pace, they …

Hillsboro Boys Reach New Heights At State

Since 1971, Hillsboro Junior High has scored points at an IESA boys state track meet 28 times. Only twice have they finished better in the team ranks than they did on Saturday, May 18. With five …

Panthers Get First Title In 23 Years

Between 1999 and 2001, the Litchfield Middle School boys track program scored three individual IESA state titles, but since then, there have been plenty of medals, but no Panthers atop the podium. …
Obituaries
William J. Bergman, 72 William Joseph Bergman, 72, died May 16, 2024. Mr. Bergman was born to Mary Lou and Joseph Bergman on Sept. 18, 1951, in Litchfield. He had an associate’s degree in Technology and maintained a …
Gary L. Bergschneider, 75 Gary Leo Bergschneider, 75, of Farmersville, died on May 18, 2024, at his home with his wife and family by his side, after living with Parkinson’s disease for almost 15 years. In accordance …
James C. Howard, 87 James C. Howard, 87, of Coffeen, died at 10:28 a.m. Tuesday, May 21, at his daughter’s residence in Coffeen. Burial will be held at a later date in Shiloh Cemetery in Coffeen. Toberman Dean …
Edwin W. Sievers, 91 Edwin W. “Sonny” Sievers, Jr., 91, died on Saturday, May 11, 2024, at his residence in Worden, with family by his side. Funeral services were held on Friday, May 17, at Zion Lutheran …
David L. Scott, 77 David L. Scott, 77, of Nokomis, died May 18, 2024 at 10:52 p.m. at Hillsboro Area Hospital. Services will be held on Thursday, May 23, at 6:30 p.m. at Hough Funeral Home in Raymond. Visitation will …
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From The Opinion Page

AT THE END OF THE DAY • Marking Time Through 13-Year Cicadas

Editor’s Note: This column was written by Steve McLaughlin and printed in The Journal-News in June 2011. They’re back. It’s hard to believe that another 13 years have passed …

AT THE END OF THE DAY • Run for Cover! The Cicadas Are Back

Well, the cicadas disappeared in 2011, went underground, and were out of sight and out of mind for the past thirteen years. But, just as Mother Nature planned it, they’re back. And, for the …
Letters To The Editor
LETTER TO THE EDITOR • An Apology From PawsCare

Dear Editor, Paws Care would like to apologize to anyone impacted by our decision to temporarily suspend the Spay/Neuter Voucher program including vouchers issued but not yet used. …

Letter To The Editor

Dear Editor, My brother and I are responsible for taking care of farmland in Audubon and Rountree townships. The Audubon farm has been in the Graden family for 170 years and the Rountree farm has …