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Hello, Hillsboro! Lucas Altenberger here, Imagine Hillsboro’s new marketing coordinator. I have been given the opportunity to give bi-monthly updates regarding all things Imagine Hillsboro. So, … more
Journal-News apologies go to Hillsboro quarterback Zane Duff, whose stats under the "passing" category were close to correct (I had him for 25 completions, not 23), but whose name was not. I’m … more
A masterpiece or a monster? That is the running joke between my sister, Caitlyn, and me in reference to the fact that her daughter–my niece–is now a full blown teenager. She uses it as … more
Why do people litter? Three children–ages seven, nine and ten–picked up this wheel barrel of trash on a one-mile stretch of our country road.  We could not believe how … more
Happy Monday and welcome back to your monthly opportunity to grow your roots in Farm Bureau and local agriculture. July was the last time we had a chance to visit and a lot has changed in my life … more
In November 1954, Grandma and Grandpa are selling a lot of the chickens and butchering the last hog. Some readers may be unfamiliar by their saving the hog's head along with the roasts, chops, ribs, … more
October through December is my favorite time of year. I’m that person who decorates for fall in August and drinks pumpkin spice lattes when it’s still 90 degrees. Out of that whole … more
For better or for worse, I am not a vacation-type person. That became obvious to me in a discussion with a fellow county board member three months or so ago (she’s the one who would slip me a … more
For the last 15 years, I have had the privilege to serve the residents of Montgomery County through my work, 12 of which have been as Circuit Court Clerk. It has been one of the greatest honors of my … more
When gray wolves were restored to Yellowstone, our country began the process of restoring a decades-old wrong. In the years that have since passed, wolves in the Northern Rockies have begun to … more
Grandma's Diary readers are the best! Lots of information concerning Hog Lake came from Tom Anderson and Lula M. Clark. Tom and I had a wonderful phone conversation talking about Hog Lake and our … more
No matter how often it happens, I am always in awe of the way that God speaks to me–drawing my awareness to the exact conversation, or memory, or quote or song lyric that I need in the moment. … more
Welcome to 4-H, where you can find your spark by exploring different project areas, and finding what you really like to do. Among these many project areas, you can join visual arts, STEM where you … more
I would like to express my appreciation to Imagine Hillsboro, Jonathan Weyer, and everyone else who planned and worked on the Fall Harvest Festival in Hillsboro Saturday, Oct. 2. There was a good … more
There are many beautiful days that you will hopefully never forget in your lifetime.   Maybe it was your first true love or the day you got married.  Maybe it was the birth of your children … more
I like pretty. I suppose everyone does in one way or another, so I need to be more specific. I also know that one person’s pretty isn’t the same as everyone else’s; that deserves … more
But the bridge is out. What do you think we should do? It started out simply enough. Kyle and I wanted to treat Charley to a special lunch on Friday after her first week of school. We tossed … more
September is National Recovery Month.  This year’s theme is, • Recovery is for everyone • Every person • Every family • Every community Many … more
September 1954 and the weather is still hot and dry. Does anyone remember Essie Molohan who taught third and fourth grade at Butler? She was my favorite teacher, even though she was the only one who … more
The forecast was grim. What we thought could be a bad thunderstorm turned into streets flooded and the town of Gibson City was soaked when nearly nine inches of rain fell in just five hours. The … more
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