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Little Leaps Program Offers Parental Tips

Editor’s Note: This is the fifth and final in a series of articles highlighting the results of the Little Leaps program through the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Hillsboro …

Pritzker Issues Halloween Coronavirus Guidance

The state announced Halloween COVID-19 guidance encouraging social distancing while trick-or-treating, and the governor took questions in a virtual news conference Wednesday. Those passing out …

Witt Council Approves Water Rate Increase

Witt City Council held a special meeting on Saturday morning, Sept. 26. Present were Mayor James VanOstran, City Clerk Nancy Hughes, and alderman John Bauerle, David Cearlock, Jay Martin and Tim …

Litchfield Businesses To Host Fall Festival

Multiple small businesses and craft vendors have teamed up to host Litchfield’s first Fall Festival, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3.  Shoppers should plan to make a day of …
Journal-News Sports

Litchfield Makes It Back-To-Back Titles

The Litchfield girls golf team thought they could make a run at the conference championship last year, a thought that came to fruition with a 27 stroke win over second place Carlinville. This …

Tennis Toppers Storm To Win On Senior Night

For a moment, it looked as if Mother Nature might put a halt to the festivities planned for the Hillsboro girls tennis team’s senior night. With three of the singles matches still up in the …

Hillsboro Second To Vandals

If everything went absolutely perfect, going into Tuesday’s South Central Conference Tournament at Indian Springs there was an outside shot that the Hillsboro boys golf team could extend their …
Obituaries
David L. Sawyer, 90 David Lee Sawyer, 90, of Springfield, died on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Staab Funeral Home in …
Dorothy E. West, 96 Dorothy Evelyn West, 96, of Litchfield, died on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, at 12:04 a.m. at HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. Visitation will be held Monday, Oct. 5, from 10 to 11 …
Linda G. Cherry, 69 Linda G. Cherry, 69, of Donnellson, died Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, at 8:50 p.m. at her residence. Cremation rites were accorded. No services are planned at this time. Bass Patton Dean Funeral Home …
Letha (Beaty) Bucshon, 80 Letha (Beaty) Bucshon, 80, of Kincaid, died Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Home in Springfield. Visitation will be held Thursday, Oct. 1, from 12 to 1 p.m. at …
Eugene J. Rapien, 66 Eugene Joseph “Gene” Rapien, 66, died Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, at his home. Private family services will be held. Mobley-Groesbeck Funeral Service of Sand Springs, OK, is assisting the …
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From The Opinion Page

A GRACE FILLED JOURNEY • Be Responsible With Your News

Inside today’s edition of The Journal-News, you probably found a list of awards we won at this year’s Illinois Press Association’s Better Newspapers Contest. To say that I’m …

SMALL SNIPPETS • The World Of Ill-Fated Dreams

I began reading Mary Herschelman’s columns long before I knew her personally.  I often read them and feel as if she is speaking directly to me, offering guidance and bringing clarity I …
Letters To The Editor
We Respect Our Military

In response to your block ad, we have great respect for our military!  We also have great respect for President Trump! Stealing is a crime.  We would hate to think it’s someone …

Our Family Is Grateful To State’s Attorney

My name is Clint Harkins.  My wife and I have lived in Montgomery County for nearly 20 years. Three years ago, a member of our family was the victim of a serious predatorial assault.  …