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August 1955 is dry and hot. Farmers are keeping a close eye on their crops. Grandma mentions the Wright place several times. I wish I knew more about it. It was an abandoned homestead in one of their … more
If I had to describe why summer after summer I find myself drawn back to Hillsboro for Old Settlers (on a Wednesday and a Thursday, no less) I would start with a fish sandwich.  The last few … more
If you see me poking my head out of the office this week, don’t mind me. I’m just watching for the big yellow power poles to be installed up and down Main Street.  And everyone in … more
I had occasion to visit Ultimate Collision Center in Taylor Springs last spring. No, I didn’t have a collision; my poor truck, a 2003 F150, had shown its age, as I do these … more
Welcome back to Imagine Hillsboro Checks In. If this is your first time joining us, welcome! This column features a bi-monthly update regarding all things Imagine Hillsboro. Summer is in full swing … more
Please read the following with the national and state news in one hand and this letter in the other.   As you read the preambles to the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution, … more
The last Medal of Honor recipient from World War II, Herschel “Woody” Williams, lay in honor at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda Thursday, July 14. A congressional tribute to Williams took … more
We’ve almost completed our pulled pork lunch tour around the county! It has been great visiting with our members and friends and we’ve had beautiful weather. We’ll finish up this … more
I have included a lot of information about farming costs in this column. It may not be so interesting to some readers, but I find it really fascinating. I would love to hear from some farmers in the … more
Dear Editor, In response to the comment by Mr. Lee Cerny on June 13 concerning gun laws I would disagree. There is no such thing as “enough gun laws.” What counts is having the right … more
Anse Bundren comes to mind more often during these sultry days of summer than he did when I first encountered him in a college level American Literature class. I had a hard time understanding his … more
Shortly after Grace died, my friend Morgan sent me a beautiful keychain as a gift. It was a penny from the year Grace was born in 2011 with a heart cut out of it.  The keychain came with a … more
The Jan. 6 hearings in Congress last week and continuing this week have captivated a large swatch of the country, and have been largely ignored by another significant faction, for exactly the same … more
When Glenn was barely more than a baby Corey and I would stumble across brightly-colored words, “bug,” “elephant,” ”square,” “ten,” strewn about the … more
Happy National Pollinator Week! I want to talk briefly about the birds and the bees, and butterflies!  All three of the creatures I just mentioned are considered pollinators and play a vital … more
June of 1955 is a busy time for the farmers. This is the year Grandpa recognizes he is no longer able to handle farming by himself. He had turned 77 in May, and his eyesight was becoming a more … more
Protection of our water resources will be dependent upon the construction permit submitted to Illinois Environmental Protection Agency for the safe closure of the coal ash areas at the closed Coffeen … more
There are enough gun laws out there.  Just enforce them! Other than Korea, I have never hurt anybody with a firearm, and don’t intend to.  Much of our problem is unsupervised … more
I try to be a stoic person. Life, I feel, generally goes better if one doesn’t celebrate too much or dive into depths too deeply. I’ve always wanted to be in control of myself, partly … more
It’s a long way from Hillsboro to Hollywood. But Harry Bellaver found a way to carve a successful career on both the stage and screen. A Montgomery County native, Bellaver appeared in dozens … more
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