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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
Editor’s Note: Navy veteran John Huber of Hillsboro shared these remarks as part of the Hillsboro Memorial Day ceremony on Monday, May 30. Good morning. I would like to thank you all for … more
My wife and I have lived in Litchfield for 12 years.   About five years ago I was forced into early retirement from a large corporation that outsourced my job to another country.  At … more
I am writing in response to the editorial cartoon which appeared on Monday, May 9, concerning the “pro-life” and “pro-choice” debate.  This cartoon serves no purpose … more
As I read Emily’s letter, I understand that many have believed what she said to be true, but when they turned to God’s holy word, the Bible, to see what He said, they repented. Within … more
The Judicial Act is an attempt to pack the court.  It would then be a political body. The constitution gave us the Supreme Court to protect us from the changes of political motivations, and … 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. As mentioned in the … more
Pastor’s Note: Attached is this year’s Faith In Life essay that was selected to receive this year’s Hillsboro Ministerial Fellowship award.  It was written by Joplin Hartman. … more
In reply to Emily England’s letter, she wishes to push the progressive agenda by packing the Supreme Court.   The nine-person Supreme Court has been in existence for 153 years.  … more
The Constitution ensures “life,” liberty, and the pursuit of happiness! Our forefathers who wrote the Constitution would be rolling in their graves.  Nowhere in the Constitution … more
It was quite simply, “the best of times and the worst of times,” all at the same time. One year ago today was the worst day of my life. It was the day I lost my daughter Grace. May … more
At what age children should have access to technology is one of several hot button debates that have been floating around my social media feeds as of late.  It’s one that I generally … more
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