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Ambulance Service Faces Uncertainty

The Nokomis Chamber of Commerce made a $500 donation to the Nokomis-Witt Area Ambulance Service (NWAAS) on Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 1. Unlike most check presentations the tone in the ambulance bay …

Mental Health Board Names Grant Recipients

The Montgomery County Community Mental Health (708) Board has announced the 2022 through 2023 grant recipients. The 708 Board received a total of 12 applications requesting a cumulative $971,500 this …

Renovations Underway At Doyle Public Library

As renovations are underway at Doyle Public Library in Raymond, Library Director Darcy Weinheimer and staff member Teresa Woodard invite local community members to check out the new changes they have …

State COVID-19 Disaster Proclamation End In May

Exactly 38 months after the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, Illinois will no longer be under a disaster proclamation as of May 11, Gov. JB Pritzker announced …
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Roadrunners End Braves' Bid For IESA State Spot

The clock struck midnight on the Nokomis seventh grade boys basketball team's Cinderella run on Monday, Jan. 30, as the Braves fell to Dieterich in the St. Elmo Sectional. The third seed in the …

Nokomis Girls Clinch Share Of MSM Crown

The Nokomis girls basketball team clinched at least a share of the MSM Conference title on Monday, Jan. 30, with a 58-27 win over Tri-City/Sangamon Valley (TCSV) in Niantic. The victory improved …

Lancers End January With Seventh Straight Win

After losing to Nokomis on Jan. 6, Lincolnwood Boys Basketball Coach Matt Millburg challenged his team to go the rest of the month of January without a loss. On Tuesday, Jan. 31, the Lancers …
Obituaries
Barbara A. Golitko, 91 Barbara A. Golitko, 91, of Witt, died on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023, at Hillsboro Rehabilitation and Health Care Center. Visitation will be held Monday, Feb. 13, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Stiehl-Dawson …
Irma Mae Langham, 93 Irma Mae Langham, 93, of Tamalco, died on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023, at Hickory Estates Memory Care in Greenville. Visitation will be held Saturday, Feb. 11, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Assalley-Young …
Jared Eugene Bess, 34 Jared Eugene Bess, 34, of Irving, died at 7:56 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023, at Hillsboro Area Hospital. Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service on Monday, Feb. 6, at …
Allen L. Boerckel, Jr., 40 Allen Lee Boerckel, Jr., 40, of Litchfield, died on Monday morning, Jan. 23, 2023, at Carlinville Rehabilitation and Health Care Center. No services are planned at this time. Litchfield Family …
John E. Bauerle, 70 John Everett Bauerle, 70, of Witt, died on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023, at his home. Private funeral services will be held at a later date. Stiehl-Dawson Funeral Home in Nokomis is assisting the …
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A GRACE FILLED JOURNEY • Living Life One Adventure At A Time

Life in the newspaper business can present a challenge to quality family time together. There are paper nights, meeting nights and sports nights.  Over the years, we have been able to include …

CONSERVATION CONVERSATION • Lake Meeting Set For Febrary 9

Hello readers, it is time again for another monthly Montgomery County Soil and Water Conservation District Conservation Conversation. Coming up in the month of February, the Montgomery County Soil …
Letters To The Editor
Thanks For Supporting Samaritan’s Purse

I am writing to thank Hillsboro​​-area residents for sharing the true meaning of Christmas with children in need this past holiday season. Generosity throughout contributed to a successful …

Gun Owners Forced To Pay To Defend Rights

Governor Pritzker and a majority of the General Assembly have clearly demonstrated their contempt for the rights of all Illinois citizens by passing HB5471. As a result of this blatant violation …