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I have a tiny house.  Not like a “cool, I’m really into minimalism, check out this insanely expensive tiny home,” but a legit, old, every time you fix something you want to … 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. Were you able to make it … more
January of 1955 brings typical winter weather–cold, fog, rain, and snow, so Grandma and Grandpa don't venture out except when necessary. The big news for the Butler community is the merger of … more
Happy New Year! For your January report I plan to grow your roots in our Montgomery County Agriculture in the Classroom program. This month our spotlight shines on Rebecca Livingston, the AITC (Ag … more
Here is a little bread for the journey. Happy New Year!  If you’re reading this you’ve made it. What a year. I can honestly say that was the toughest obstacle course I’ve … more
I am writing in regards to Sorento Elementary School.  During the past 21 months, COVID has shown us all the importance of smaller schools. We need places that are less congregated and … more
This Jan. 17, please join me in celebrating the life, influence and contributions of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  This will mark the 37th year our country has honored Dr. … more
Happy New Year from an older person who could become a grump in 2022 if left to my own devices. I don't think that's going to happen, though; I suspect rather than becoming the "Get off my yard or … more
As the smaller communities lose resources to grow economically, the larger communities look to see what is left to scavenge for their own personal gain.  At this time Sorento has little value … more
With a smile on your face and a song in your heart This is where you’re meant to be Make a wish upon a star The magic is here It’s here for you and for me There’s … more
My personal walk with Christ is very ungraceful. I am constantly stumbling and tripping over obstacles and grievances most often of my own making. Daily, I am held back by vanity and fear and … more
The last Monday before Christmas–where did the year go? A question I will probably continue to ask for years to come. The past month has been full of meetings and end of the year … more
Today, people often long for the simplicity of Christmases past, free of Black Friday, the endless hustle, and the neverending shopping lists.  At Christmas in Hillsboro in the 1890s, there was … more
Is the notion of “One Illinois” a reasonable hope, a noble aspiration, or an impossible dream? The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute is inviting Illinois college students to help us … more
Late last week I received what I first perceived to be a letter from Santa in the mail; if I called an 800 number by Jan. 15, I’d receive a $100 Visa gift card.  To receive the gift card, … more
Even though Grandma and Grandpa have a rough December caring for their aging German Shepherd, Corky, the month ends with a Christmas miracle.  Any who consider their pets as furry family members … more
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
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