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I’m an oldie (if not a goodie), but I don’t have many answers. As a culture, we are in dire straits as we enter the premier holiday season of 2021. Because all of us are a part of this … more
I’m a sucker for a reboot or a reunion of some of my favorite television shows. You should ask how many streaming services we have. It’s several, and it’s largely, so I can catch … more
Ah, those traditional trappings of Thanksgiving: food, family and football. This year at the Plunkett house, we checked off every box–almost.  Food and family were in great supply, but … more
I am writing about an ongoing situation in regards to Montgomery County Animal Control (MCAC) and our local court system. Approximately 17 months ago I took my dog to be boarded at Hillsboro … more
Hello, Hillsboro! Lucas Altenberger here, Imagine Hillsboro’s new marketing coordinator. I have been given the opportunity to give bi-monthly updates regarding all things Imagine Hillsboro. So, … more
Journal-News apologies go to Hillsboro quarterback Zane Duff, whose stats under the "passing" category were close to correct (I had him for 25 completions, not 23), but whose name was not. I’m … more
A masterpiece or a monster? That is the running joke between my sister, Caitlyn, and me in reference to the fact that her daughter–my niece–is now a full blown teenager. She uses it as … more
Why do people litter? Three children–ages seven, nine and ten–picked up this wheel barrel of trash on a one-mile stretch of our country road.  We could not believe how … more
Happy Monday and welcome back to your monthly opportunity to grow your roots in Farm Bureau and local agriculture. July was the last time we had a chance to visit and a lot has changed in my life … more
In November 1954, Grandma and Grandpa are selling a lot of the chickens and butchering the last hog. Some readers may be unfamiliar by their saving the hog's head along with the roasts, chops, ribs, … more
October through December is my favorite time of year. I’m that person who decorates for fall in August and drinks pumpkin spice lattes when it’s still 90 degrees. Out of that whole … more
For better or for worse, I am not a vacation-type person. That became obvious to me in a discussion with a fellow county board member three months or so ago (she’s the one who would slip me a … more
For the last 15 years, I have had the privilege to serve the residents of Montgomery County through my work, 12 of which have been as Circuit Court Clerk. It has been one of the greatest honors of my … more
When gray wolves were restored to Yellowstone, our country began the process of restoring a decades-old wrong. In the years that have since passed, wolves in the Northern Rockies have begun to … more
Grandma's Diary readers are the best! Lots of information concerning Hog Lake came from Tom Anderson and Lula M. Clark. Tom and I had a wonderful phone conversation talking about Hog Lake and our … more
No matter how often it happens, I am always in awe of the way that God speaks to me–drawing my awareness to the exact conversation, or memory, or quote or song lyric that I need in the moment. … more
Welcome to 4-H, where you can find your spark by exploring different project areas, and finding what you really like to do. Among these many project areas, you can join visual arts, STEM where you … more
I would like to express my appreciation to Imagine Hillsboro, Jonathan Weyer, and everyone else who planned and worked on the Fall Harvest Festival in Hillsboro Saturday, Oct. 2. There was a good … more
There are many beautiful days that you will hopefully never forget in your lifetime.   Maybe it was your first true love or the day you got married.  Maybe it was the birth of your children … more
I like pretty. I suppose everyone does in one way or another, so I need to be more specific. I also know that one person’s pretty isn’t the same as everyone else’s; that deserves … more
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