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County Board Extends Disaster Proclamation

Members of the Montgomery County Board held a special teleconference meeting on Friday evening, April 3. Board members Chuck Graden and Richard Wendel were absent from the call. After calling …

Litchfield Council Meets Virtually

The Litchfield City Council met on Thursday, April 2, at 6:30 p.m. at Corwin Hall… and four other locations.  With the COVID-19 epidemic still wreaking havoc on everything in sight, …

Jenny Fergurson Steps Into Ownership

The Midwest Royals All Stars cheer gym is flying high both on and off the mat under the direction of new owner and long-time coach Jenny  Fergurson, who took ownership of the Litchfield-based …

COVID-19 Claims First Montgomery County Life

A Montgomery County man lost his life to COVID-19 coronavirus, according to a press release issued Saturday, April 4, by the Christian County Coroner’s office and Christian-Montgomery County …
Journal-News Sports

Regional Repeat On Hold For Lady Purple Panthers

After losing just two players from last year’s team, which won Litchfield’s sixth regional championship in girls soccer since 2013, the 2020 edition of the Lady Panthers was ready to hit …

Delay A Heartbreaker For Litchfield Softball Squad

Almost everyday, Litchfield Head Softball Coach Jessica Ball receives a reminder of what the COVID-19 pandemic is taking from her team. “I already uploaded the schedule and everyday it pops …

COVID-19 Could Cost Topper Track A State Trip

Hillsboro Boys Track Coach Adam Haston hopes he is wrong, but he has a feeling that 2020 may be about “what might have been.” “When April 30th comes around, I just don’t …
Obituaries
Jamie D. Traylor, 24 Jamie Drake Traylor, 24, of Andover, NY, died on Thursday, March 26, 2020. A memorial was held at Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home in Wellsville, NY. A memorial service will be held this summer for …
John L. Blake, Jr., 52 John L. Blake, Jr., 52, of Nokomis, died on Friday, April 3, 2020, at 4:33 a.m. at Pana Community Hospital. Cremation rites will be accorded and a memorial service will be held at a later date due …
Karen Sue Wayne, 71 Karen Sue Wayne, 71, of Hillsboro, formerly of Morrisonville, died on Saturday, April 4, 2020, at 12:08 a.m. at Hillsboro Area Hospital. Private family ceremonies will be held with the Rev. Dayle …
David B. Rahe, 64 David Bustamante Rahe, 64, of Hillsboro, formerly of Valmeyer, died suddenly on April 2, 2020, at his family’s home farm in rural Valmeyer. He was struck down while he and his brother Daniel …
Jeffrey D. Dunkirk, 39 Jeffrey Dean Dunkirk, 39, of Staunton, formerly of Morrisonville, died on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at 1:40 a.m. near Walshville. Cremation rites have been accorded. Masterson Funeral Home and …
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From The Opinion Page

RAMBLINGS • God's Call Away From Agriculture

I begin with a disclaimer. I am very happy with my past career. I didn’t become wealthy, but as long as I hustled (not in street lingo–I never had a street hustle–but as long as I …

GUEST EDITORIAL • End Partisan Gerrymandering

As a lifelong Illinoisan, I have never felt prouder or safer to be a resident of this state. Gov. JB Pritzker and his administration are setting a precedent for pandemic response in a time of fear …
Letters To The Editor
A Day For Prayer And Fasting

This unprecedented time of quandary for our generation has reckoned us to a new appreciation for the basics of daily living. In Taylorville, we who are employed on the school buses have been …

Thank You, Dr. Balen

Thank you, Dr. Balen, for the beautiful prayer and picture of the Blessed Mother submitted to The Journal-News during the Coronavirus pandemic.