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The long drought breaks during February, so the farmers are more hopeful about having a good year. I believe the entry on Feb. 6 is the first time I have run across the idea of a "shopping center" in … more
“Whoever heard of a coal mine operated by mice?” begins a story from the Nov. 15, 1934, edition of The Montgomery News, shared by Journal-News reader Roger Usher of Irving. While after … more
In 1916, Litchfield city officials, businesses and individual citizens joined together to build a factory for the St Louis-based Brown Shoe Company. A fundraising campaign was initiated with city … more
It appears to me that it was a foregone conclusion before the meeting last week about the future of the Hillsboro Moose Lodge that the building was going to be closed. However, now is the time for … more
This is a column I couldn’t have written if I hadn’t been outed in a picture caption in The Journal-News that identified me as the Santa Claus for HHS’ National Honor … more
Located in a brick building at 218 W. Ryder Street, Blatter Motor Sales was established in 1933, when Paul Blatter, Jr., succeeded W. C. Striegel as Litchfield’s dealer for Chrysler and … more
Life in the newspaper business can present a challenge to quality family time together. There are paper nights, meeting nights and sports nights.  Over the years, we have been able to include … more
Hello readers, it is time again for another monthly Montgomery County Soil and Water Conservation District Conservation Conversation. Coming up in the month of February, the Montgomery County Soil … more
Henry Harrison Beach was born in Cooperstown, NY, on Aug. 4, 1827. He moved to Litchfield at the age of 30, bringing engines and equipment to start a foundry and machine shop. This effort was highly … more
I am writing to thank Hillsboro​​-area residents for sharing the true meaning of Christmas with children in need this past holiday season. Generosity throughout contributed to a successful … more
Governor Pritzker and a majority of the General Assembly have clearly demonstrated their contempt for the rights of all Illinois citizens by passing HB5471. As a result of this blatant violation … more
As a past mayor of Hillsboro, the son of a Moose member, and a former Moose member who dropped due to health reasons, I would like to encourage a solution that would allow our Moose lodge 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. We hope everyone had a … more
Meeting season is still in full swing as we kick off the new year.   Several upcoming events are on the Farm Bureau calendar, and I wanted to be sure to share those with you. Carbon … more
Litchfield’s first mayor, William Enos Bacon, was born in New York in 1821. He may never have stepped foot in Montgomery County if it weren’t for his father’s death, when he was a … more
This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Litchfield Museum.  The board has decided to mark the occasion with special events all year long! The Journal-News has generously agreed to … more
January 1956 is really cold for much of the month, so Grandma and Grandpa tend to necessary chores around the farm. Since they like to be on the go, they continue to visit family and friends. Linda … more
The Ariston, long a landmark fixture along Route 66 in Litchfield, was first opened in Carlinville in 1924, by Pete Adam, a native of Dirveni, Greece. Six years later, in 1930, the construction of … more
Two years after the deadly attack on our country on Jan. 6, 2021, it’s hard to ignore that the House of Representatives is now controlled by those who embraced and fueled Trump’s big … more
During the civil rights struggles of the 1960s, many of the largest–and bloodiest–demonstrations were in the South. A series of violent clashes in Illinois in 1966, however, surprised … more
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