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Motions Denied: Student Masks Remain Optional

Masks will remain optional for students in the Hillsboro School District. Motions to reconsider temporary restraining orders prohibiting the district from requiring students to wear masks, and …

Clem And Doris Huber Join 4-H Hall Of Fame

The Illinois 4-H Foundation presented 71 individuals, all longtime volunteers or former staff members, with the Foundation Hall of Fame Award, for their selfless dedication to the University of …

Second COVID Death Reported This Month

The Montgomery County Health Department announced the 76th coronavirus death in the county on Monday, Sept. 20, the second this month. The two September COVID-19 deaths come after three months of …

AG: Comments Should Have Been In Public

The office of the Illinois Attorney General ruled on Tuesday, Sept. 21, that the Hillsboro School Board violated the Illinois Open Meetings Act when it required members of the public to address the …
Journal-News Sports

No Winners, No Losers In Shoal Creek Shootout

The parity between the Hillsboro and Lincolnwood boys soccer teams has been evident for years and Monday’s contest in Hillsboro was no exception as the two rivals tied 1-1 in the Shoal Creek …

Lancer Spikers Make Short Work Of Miners

The Lincolnwood-Morrisonville volleyball team made short work of Gillespie on Monday, Sept. 20, as they inched closer to 20 wins on the year. The Lancers improved to 15-2 on the season and 6-1 on …

Litchfield Bounces Back With Win Over Knights

Litchfield Coach Abby Carlson’s Lady Panthers picked up a straight set bounce-back win on Sept. 19 at Metro-East Lutheran. After losing at Staunton on September 16, the purple and white began …
Obituaries
Cheryl J. Payne, 66 Cheryl J. (Gurley) Payne, 66, of Hillsboro, died on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021, at Hillsboro Area Hospital. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 28, at Hough and Sons Funeral Home in Hillsboro. Funeral services will begin at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 29, at the Hillsboro Free Methodist Church with Rev. Randy Sands officiating. A private burial will be at the Payne Family Cemetery. Hough and Sons Funeral home in Hillsboro is assisting the family with arrangements.
Everett Carroll, 97 Everett Carroll, 97, of Hillsboro, died at 11:40 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021, at the Montgomery Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Hillsboro. Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 27, at Bass Patton Dean Funeral Home in Hillsboro, IL. Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Randy Sands, pastor of the Free Methodist Church in Hillsboro, officiating. Burial will be at Elm Lawn Cemetery in Litchfield. Bass Patton Dean Funeral Home in Hillsboro is assisting the family with arrangements. 
Christine Beecher-Fosnock, 67 Christine Marie Beecher-Fosnock, 67, of Gillespie, formerly of Litchfield, died at 2:50 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021, at OSF St. Anthony’s Hospital in Alton. A visitation will be held on Monday, Sept. 27, 2021, from 3 to 6 p.m. at Plummer Funeral Home in Litchfield.  Cremation will follow the services. Plummer Funeral Home in Litchfield is assisting the family with arrangements. 
Johnny Russ Summers, 74 Johnny Russ Summers, 74, of Coffeen, died at 6:20 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021, at HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2, at Olive Hill Cemetery in Coffeen. Burial will be at Olive Hill Cemetery in Coffeen. Rev. Jeff Hemken, Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Hillsboro will officiate. Toberman-Dean Funeral Home in Coffeen is assisting the family with arrangements.
Joanne L. Sullivan, 82 Joanne L. Sullivan, 82, of Waggoner, formerly of Finleyville, PA, died on Monday, Sept. 20, 2021, at her residence in Waggoner.    Private services will be held at a later date. Davis-Anderson Funeral Home in Girard is assisting the family with arrangements.
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GRANDMA'S DIARIES • Sept. 1954–Pet Parade In The Park

September 1954 and the weather is still hot and dry. Does anyone remember Essie Molohan who taught third and fourth grade at Butler? She was my favorite teacher, even though she was the only one who …

GUEST EDITORIAL • A Call For More Humanitarians

The forecast was grim. What we thought could be a bad thunderstorm turned into streets flooded and the town of Gibson City was soaked when nearly nine inches of rain fell in just five hours. The …
Letters To The Editor
Everything On The Internet Is Not True

I would like to thank those school board members who voted against the motion to investigate suing the Governor over his mask mandate. In leaving, I mentioned the military and would like to expand …

These 13 Families Need Your Prayers

Thirteen soldiers, 13 heros, 13 caskets wrapped in red, white and blue–what sorrow for 13 families and for all of America! Our freedom is not free. My story is old news to you.  I …