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Congress signed National Vietnam Veterans Day into law under the Vietnam War Veterans Act of 2017. March 29 signifies the date the last American combat troops were withdrawn from Vietnam. This day … more
I never really wanted to be a movie  or a TV star, especially now as an adult. I admit that it would be fun getting dressed up, however I can do that now without being in front of the big … more
March 1954 begins with my brother Jim's ninth birthday, which means Grandma must bake another angel food cake. Some readers may remember when Main Street in Hillsboro was lined with parking meters. … more
My name is Shawn Cady and I’m running for the mayor of the city of Witt.  I’m a graduate of Witt High School and retired from Taylorville Correctional Center. I have lived in Witt … more
I have had several people ask me if I am for building a new school? I believe this is the wrong question.  Instead we should ask, what do our students, faculty and staff need and what does … more
Spring is near and people will start to venture outdoors. With the past year bringing COVID-19 and keeping everyone confined to their homes, fresh air and sunlight will be truly … more
I rarely go back and read anything I have written after I have submitted it to be published.  I find that I don’t have the ability to enjoy my own gifts. I only see the areas of … more
March brings warmer weather, new life, and spring. What a relief! February was cold and I’m glad it’s over.  In Farm Bureau-land I have been focused on several different projects … more
When government fails, it’s the rare public official who says, “Oops. My fault.” That’s human nature, particularly for officials in the public eye who may have to run for … more
On Tuesday afternoon (March 9), I watched as our Litchfield Fire Department experienced a “perfect storm” that tested training and established procedures, with our crew rising above the … more
We needed five.  We really wanted eight.  We got 24! What a heartwarming show of community spirit and generosity at its best!  When the chairmen of the Montgomery County … more
Years ago when the web was created in the 1990s there was a goal that everyone who had a voice could air it on the web.  Back in the day, any and everyone had a voice.  It’s not that … more
The coffee klatch at Julie’s Café Market asks: What’s going to happen in American politics over the next few years, now that Trump has declared he plans to be the leader of the … more
My compliments to the Montgomery County Health Department covid vaccine team.   Since I'm over 65 (old fart), I've been blessed to have received both doses of the vaccine.  The vaccine … more
Longwall mining subsidence has created a disaster area on Route 185 between Taylor Springs and Coffeen.   A large section of both lanes has sunk considerably and traffic is down to one … more
Thirty-six days from today, March 1, the results of the only elections to be held in 2021 will be determined, but we as a county will have failed to address one of the major issues facing our area. … more
Every year, an Illinois legislator proposes a bill to remove public notices from being published in newspapers and allow units of government to post them to their websites. They must think they are … more
Just wanted to give a shout-out to the employees of the Parks and Recreation department for their efforts in picking up trash along and around the roads of both Hillsboro lakes.  I drive … more
Here’s to a large, joyous round of applause for the Montgomery County Health Department. Sandra and I got our first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine today (Feb. 19) at the Litchfield Community … more
Kudos to the Montgomery County Highway Department. I reported a pothole on a road.  It was fixed immediately! Good job, and thanks. more
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