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Turn In Christmas Basket Applications This Week

The final day to submit an application for the annual Hillsboro Volunteer Fire Department Christmas Basket Program is the end of this week–on Friday, Dec. 10. Applications are available at …

NHS Sophomore Advances To National German Finals

Coree Keagy, a sophomore at Nokomis High School, was one of 16 students across the country who earned the right to compete Dec. 3-4 in the National Finals of the International German Olympics in the …

Hampton+Knodle Next Agri-Women President

American Agri-Women (AAW) elected its national officers at its 2021 national convention recently in Phoenix, AZ. AAW, a national coalition of farm, ranch and agri-business women, is in its 47th year …

Litchfield Honors City Employees

It was a quick meeting for the members of the Litchfield City Council as the aldermen completed business in 10 minutes on Thursday, Dec. 2. Before the start of the agenda, which listed just two …
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The College Report: Scroggins Plays Through The Pain

Not even an injury can keep Jade Scroggins from the basketball floor.  The Hannibal-LaGrange University player, a Hillsboro graduate, is struggling with a hand injury, but even dealing with a …

Lady Panthers Fall To Piasa Birds

Litchfield opened South Central Conference play at Southwestern Thursday, Dec. 2, and the Lady Piasa Birds defeated the Panthers for the second time in a week.  The two teams met on Nov. 27 …

Panthers Fall To Hawks In Finale

The Litchfield boys basketball team would finish up action in the Waterloo Thanksgiving Tournament on Tuesday evening, Nov. 30, as they battled the co-host Waterloo Gibault Catholic Hawks. The …
Obituaries
Marilyn Louise Sitton, 92 Marilyn Louise Sitton, 92, of Hillsboro, died Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021, at 8:23 a.m. at Hillsboro Area Hospital. The visitation is Thursday, Dec. 9, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Bass Pattton Dean Funeral Home in Hillsboro. The funeral service will follow immediately at 11 a.m.  The Rev. Matt Ferguson, pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Hillsboro, will officiate. Burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery in Hillsboro.
Kenneth R. Robinson, 71 Kenneth R. Robinson, 71, of Ramsey, died Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, in his home.  Visitation will be Thursday, Dec. 9, from 5 to 7 p.m. at McCracken-Dean Funeral Home in Pana. Funeral services will be held on Friday, Dec. 10, at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be Friday at 1 p.m. in Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield.
Jammie E. Hobbs, 62 Jammie E. Hobbs, 62, of Springfield, formerly of Hillsboro, died Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021, at 5:42 a.m., at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. Cremation Rites were accorded and no services are planned at this time. Bass Patton Dean Funeral Home in Hillsboro is in charge of arrangements.
Arlene Rodgers Shoemaker, 84 Arlene Rodgers Shoemaker, 84, of Jensen Beach, FL, died Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. A Celebration of Life ceremony will be held at Trinity Methodist Church in Jensen Beach on Sunday, Mar. 6, 2022.
Doris J. Wall, 86 Doris J. (Bentley) Wall, 86, of Greenville, died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021, at HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. The family will receive guests from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8, at …
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From The Opinion Page

RAMBLINGS • We Have Met The Enemy; He Is Us

I’m an oldie (if not a goodie), but I don’t have many answers. As a culture, we are in dire straits as we enter the premier holiday season of 2021. Because all of us are a part of this …

A GRACE FILLED JOURNEY • ‘Rebooting’ The Holiday Memories

I’m a sucker for a reboot or a reunion of some of my favorite television shows. You should ask how many streaming services we have. It’s several, and it’s largely, so I can catch …
Letters To The Editor
These Dogs Deserve A Better Life

I am writing about an ongoing situation in regards to Montgomery County Animal Control (MCAC) and our local court system. Approximately 17 months ago I took my dog to be boarded at Hillsboro …

Why Do People Litter?

Why do people litter? Three children–ages seven, nine and ten–picked up this wheel barrel of trash on a one-mile stretch of our country road.  We could not believe how …