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In all parts of Illinois, mental health awareness and treatment is a public issue like it has never been before. On behalf of frontline care providers, we welcome the attention and call for the … more
We just wanted to thank you for publishing Mike Plunkett’s Memorial Day address in the May 30 edition of The Journal-News . His stories about courageous veterans are much more genuine than … more
Litchfield Elks Club was founded on Feb. 11, 1901, with 43 members.   The Elks Club the community remembers was located at the corner of Monroe and Union, however the Elks actually met in two … more
Life goes on. It's been two full years since we lost Grace, and I think one of the very hardest parts of grief is that life simply goes on. When Grace was diagnosed with INAD (infantile … more
Ever since I was little, God has been a part of my life. I grew up going to church on Sundays and youth group on Wednesdays. Throughout this time my faith has developed and grown, but knowing God … more
Welcome back to Imagine Hillsboro Checks In! This column features a bi-monthly update regarding all things Imagine Hillsboro. It seems like spring and its events have just arrived, so it is hard to … more
This past weekend I checked something off my bucket list. I saw one of my favorite bands play in St. Louis. I am the kind of person that is motivated by music. It makes me happy. It pushes me to do … more
The Litchfield Chamber of Commerce has been an active and influential group in the City of Litchfield since its inception. In 1898, a group of 28 like-minded business men formed “The … more
Following is the address given by Journal-News publisher Mike Plunkett at Memorial Day services in Hillsboro on Monday morning, May 29. Tony Foulds. Tony Foulds is an 87-year-old British … more
This month we’re going to visit about mental health. Our friends at SIU Medicine have been working hard to offer programs and support specifically for farmers and their families. Farming is … more
The Litchfield Car and Machine Company was formed by David Orr Settlemire in 1876. The company was a reorganization of the Litchfield Car Manufacturing Company and the machine shops and foundry of … more
May 1956 is so typical of the day-in-day-out work that had to be done on the family farm. As I read Grandma's entries about her gardens, both flowers and vegetables, I can see her so clearly as she … more
George Gustavus Lafferty served as the principal of Litchfield Community High school from 1924 to 1926, when he passed away at the age of 53. According to reports from that time period, Mr. … more
“A statesman,” said the great Prussian diplomat Otto von Bismark, “is a politician who thinks of his grandchildren.” Three years ago, former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar … more
I wonder who is running Montgomery County. The governor puts out billions of dollars in road repairs, and yet Illinois Route 16 from Hillsboro to Ohlman is in a shambles. The governor sends … more
My name is Alex, and unlike most people I have two birthdays. I’m 11 yrs old and also about to turn 10 at the same time. My regular birthday like normal people is Feb. 21, but I also have a … more
As we celebrate nurses across the country for National Nurses Week (May 6-12), I am deeply appreciative of our nursing colleagues who provide exceptional care to those served by Hospital Sisters … more
For more than six decades, Jubelt’s Bakery and Restaurant has been drawing traffic to the City of Litchfield.  The popular eatery began in 1922, when three brothers, Paul, Albert and … more
When plans were made for the Litchfield Museum and Route 66 Welcome Center, we had three goals.  We wanted to help develop a better appreciation of our community, our citizens and our … more
Old age brings with it disadvantages: loss of physical mobility (aches and pains limit how far I can comfortably walk these days, and running is out of the question, though as a youngster I ran as … more
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