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Well, the cicadas disappeared in 2011, went underground, and were out of sight and out of mind for the past thirteen years. But, just as Mother Nature planned it, they’re back. And, for the … more
Editor’s Note: This column was written by Steve McLaughlin and printed in The Journal-News in June 2011. They’re back. It’s hard to believe that another 13 years have passed … more
Dear Editor, Paws Care would like to apologize to anyone impacted by our decision to temporarily suspend the Spay/Neuter Voucher program including vouchers issued but not yet used. … more
I began this Tuesday morning, April 2; the first draft seemed cluttered, so this one is a rewrite. That’s rare for me; for almost all of my writing life, I’ve been a write it and turn it … more
Dear Editor, My brother and I are responsible for taking care of farmland in Audubon and Rountree townships. The Audubon farm has been in the Graden family for 170 years and the Rountree farm has … more
It's been a big month at our house, Charley is officially riding her bike without training wheels. She's never been a huge bike rider, but we've always had a bike with training wheels her size ready … more
April, 1957 lives up to the adage, "April showers bring May flowers." As you can see from Grandma's weather notes, hardly a day goes by during the month when there is no rain. Snow also falls during … more
Editor's Note: This letter was submitted by Journal-News reader Linda Hagood of Taylorville. I am a rural postal carrier of 30 years and have now been retired for five years. I am very aware of … more
Dear Editor, Sitting on the Development and Personnel Committee of the Montgomery County Board, I get to participate in the actions regarding the Animal Control Department that is saddled with … more
I completed another lap around on the sun this past Saturday, April 6, celebrating turning 23 years old. I like my birthday. I’d go as far as to say I love my birthday. My grandpa loved his … more
Four Litchfield City Council alderman (Jacob Fleming, Dwayne Gerl, Josh Hughes and Sara Zumwalt) attended a Litchfield Park District meeting on April 3. The following are the remarks presented by … more
Perhaps today’s column will be taken in the spirit of April Fools Day; I hope not. Perhaps it will be taken as one of my “rants by an old man” efforts; I hope not. The fool’s … more
“Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket.” It’s a common idiom which advises people to limit their investment risk and very fitting during this Easter season with so many egg … more
What would we do without newspapers? Her innocent question left me almost speechless as I was finishing up a tour for a Girl Scout troop from Mt. Olive earlier this month. Giving tours of the … more
Welcome back to Imagine Hillsboro Checks In! This column features a bi-monthly update regarding all things Imagine Hillsboro. Although things have been somewhat quiet, rest assured that Imagine is … more
Happy National Ag Week! Today, and all week long, we celebrate the great contributions agriculture makes to our nation.   Food, fiber, and fuel – we would be lost without farmers! Please … more
Grandma and Grandpa had their side "gigs" to keep some cash money coming in on a regular basis. As I recall, Grandma's egg and cream profit was what she used for her household budget. Grandpa … more
Bert Russell, retired vice president of   First National Bank, and I were asked to serve on the Litchfield Planning Commission in 1984. Our first big project was a special use permit for the new … more
Since my parents took me to 2006’s Cars, I have liked going to the movies. I love the experience of the movie theater; the way the audience is introduced and captivated by a story. The giant … more
Dear Editor, I have lived in Litchfield nearly my entire life. It is here that my husband and I have chosen to settle and raise a family and grow deep roots for our lives. It is important to me … more
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