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I would like to thank those school board members who voted against the motion to investigate suing the Governor over his mask mandate. In leaving, I mentioned the military and would like to expand … more
Labor Day passed for another year; this time I have a better understanding of myself, so I saw the celebration through older but wiser eyes than previously. Perhaps that’s the best reason … more
Thirteen soldiers, 13 heros, 13 caskets wrapped in red, white and blue–what sorrow for 13 families and for all of America! Our freedom is not free. My story is old news to you.  I … more
When I was 16, I stopped in the Texaco gas station near Wood Street and South Main Street in Hillsboro and received both fuel and a life lesson. “Fill it up,” I told Willis Sturgeon as … more
We’ve got the “back to school blues” at our house, although it’s not affecting who you might think. Charley, now age four, started her first day of preschool this week, and … more
Young pedestrians, bicycle riders, and school buses will soon return to Illinois’ streets and roads as another school year gets underway.  Transportation-related accidents are always … more
There have been some really great things to have come out of the pandemic.  Tiger King. I feel like that should just be a sentence in itself. Tiger King. Regé-Jean Page from … more
The hot, dry weather drags on into August 1954 with little relief in sight, but as usual the farm families just put one foot in front of the other and keep going. Cousin Larry and his pals Charlie … more
The August issue of Illinois Country Living asks readers “use your voice” to delay closure of  Prairie State Energy Campus (PSEC) coal plant, Illinois biggest carbon emitter. The … more
I just wanted to say a big thank you to the Old Settlers Committee, all the hard-working queen candidates and all the many volunteers for the tireless hard work that went into making Old Settlers … more
I would like to thank the Old Settlers Committee for selecting me as the grand marshal for this year's Old Settlers Days activities. It was indeed a privilege and an honor to be chosen.  … more
I caught her again. When daughter Dawn was an upper classperson at Hillsboro High, she and I had different standards for her conduct. Her mom had always been a goody-two-shoes (so much so that one … more
The real “wokeness” is, it’s time for the church to “wake up!” Romans 13: 11-14 speaks to us as Christians that it is high time to awake out of sleep, “for now … more
With Old Settlers coming up fast and furious, I wanted to explain a few things that you might find different at this year’s celebration. The first thing that comes to mind is our vendors. … more
You are lost, hope is gone But you must go on And do the next right thing As the mom of two girls, we have seen the Frozen movies at least a hundred times. Maybe more. And I could sing most … more
“Not everyone’s in here, but we’re going to go ahead and get started.”  Brother Jeff, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, says this almost every Sunday morning before … more
It’s 6 a.m. in Princeton, IL. I have a six-hour drive to Rochester, MN, where the Mayo Brothers will take a look-see at my 80-year-old ticker. Some reason for stress. I stop at the … more
July has been a busy month of serving members and it’s not over yet! We’ve enjoyed visiting with members across the county at our member appreciation meals that we hosted in conjunction … more
July 1954 is a reminder that our families had to be really strong to get through a summer that was abnormally hot and dry.  Livestock and poultry died in the heat. Throw in a plague of … more
While talking to a friend a couple months ago, I realized that the students graduating from high school two months ago probably weren’t in school at all when I last stalked the halls of HHS as … more
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