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Sun Sets On Montgomery County Fair

From the first high heels that stepped onto the stage on Wednesday, June 19, until the last hook up on the pulling sled on Sunday, June 23, the 2024 edition of the Montgomery County Fair kept …

Litchfield's Industrial Park Step Closer For Gas Main

Members of the Litchfield City Council met on Thursday, June 20, and approved 13 items, including two that pertained to the industrial park on the west side of Interstate 55. After approving the …

Interstate-55 Work Set To Begin Monday

The Illinois Department of Transportation announces that a 5.5-mile resurfacing project on Interstate 55 in Montgomery County and a pavement patching project in Macoupin and Montgomery counties will …

Nokomis Schools Prepare For Summer

At 7:25 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18, President Chad Ruppert called to order the public hearing on the amended FY24 budget; which was opened on a motion by member Carl Ray Fesser and subsequent second …
Journal-News Sports

The Fast and the Fair-ious

The Montgomery County Fair has always been about family and there was plenty for families to see this year, especially if you like a little fun on four wheels (or two). Here are some of our favorite …

Litchfield Sports Boosters Honor Senior Athletes

On Sunday, May 5, the Litchfield Sports Booster’s hosted the annual Senior Athlete Banquet at the Litchfield Moose Lodge. Dinner was provided to the senior athletes and their parents/guests. …

Younker Sets New Powerlifting Record

Scientists estimate that the rhinoceroses found in Africa and Asia can lift up to half of their body weight. But for the “Rino” that can be found in Litchfield, that’s just the …
Obituaries
Charles R. Legg, 73 Charles Richard Legg, 73, of Hillsboro, died June 22, 2024, at his residence. Private family services are being held. Hough and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Legg was born on …
Scott S. Crye, 70 Scott Siddens Crye, 70, of Farmersville, died peacefully on May 25, 2024, surrounded by the love of his family. A Holy Mass was celebrated on Friday, May 31, at Sacred Heart Church in Virden, …
Beverly J. Broderick, 83 Beverly Jean Broderick, 83, of Litchfield, died on June 17, 2024, at Hillsboro Rehabilitation and Health Care in Hillsboro. A celebration of life will be held at Litchfield Family Funeral …
Thomas A. Snow, 66 Thomas Allen “Snowball” Snow, 66, of Coffeen, died Tuesday, June 11, 2024, at 11:05 p.m. at Missouri Baptist Medical Center in St. Louis. Memorial services are pending at Toberman-Dean …
Gary Lindsay, 80 Gary Lindsay, 80, formerly of Litchfield, died on June 13, 2024. There will be no funeral services. A private celebration of life will be held at a later date. Mr. Lindsay was born in 1943. …
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A GRACE FILLED JOURNEY • Don’t Forget About The Singles

Charley’s softball team is playing in a softball tournament this week. The self-proclaimed “Bluberries” only have one win this season, but the whole team has grown leaps and bounds …

GROWING YOUR ROOTS: Join The AgMazing Race In August

Summer is upon us and there are plenty of local events to enjoy. The Montgomery County Fair kicks off on Wednesday, and I encourage you to pay the fairgrounds in Butler a visit if it’s …
Letters To The Editor

LETTER TO THE EDITOR • Remembering Leo

Dear Editor, I have been wondering when I would write this story. Tonight, May 19, 2024, I am ready. It was an evening somewhere in the early 1980s, somewhere between 1982 to 1986--- years do …

LETTER TO THE EDITOR • Am I The Only One?

Dear Editor, Some people may not know that a major news network had to pay the manufacturer of the Georgia voting machines over $170 million and fired a reporter for claiming the machines were …