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I really appreciate The Journal-News giving me this valuable space to share Grandma's Diary with readers. Some of the entries are fairly mundane and just record what happens with the family, the … more
I don’t intend to turn this column, which is the best self-therapy I’ve ever experienced, into a book club, but every so often I read a book that makes me think about our local conditions … more
Farm families like mine know all too well dark days that have little to do with getting up before the sun.  COVID-19 created devastating effects for farm markets. Wetter-than-normal springs … more
For more than three decades, flaws in Illinois tax policy have resulted in two really bad consequences.  Illinois has created the textbook definition of a “structural deficit” by … more
This letter is long overdue, but I write today to express my sincere appreciation to all who have assisted the food service staff at Beckemeyer Elementary School on providing meals to our students … more
Beginning April 1, the Litchfield Museum and Route 66 Welcome Center will be operating under normal hours.  We will be welcoming visitors seven days a week   from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday … more
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Lao Tzu Grace was just three years old when she was diagnosed with INAD, and we were told most kids with INAD didn’t … 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. Did you know Imagine … more
I will be resigning my position as Community and Economic Planner, with my last day being March 31, to take a position as the Community and Public Relations Director for Atlas 46.  Three … more
“Mrs. Watson affected my life by making me feel my worth.” Hundreds of such sentiments lined the walls of the Hillsboro Junior High School, but none so poignantly or personally … more
March has proven to be a busy month and we have been blessed with some warm sunny days. We are currently accepting orders for our frozen meal fundraiser that benefits the Montgomery County Farm … more
Masks are no longer mandated in Illinois. So why do I still wear a mask?  It's been two years since the COVID-19 coronavirus began affecting the United States and our area. Now it seems like … more
March 1955 comes in like a lion and continues without any lamb-like behavior during the month. Rather than depending on the official weather forecast, Grandma listens for the "peepers" to report the … more
I listened to the State of the Union address by President Biden. The Ukrainians asked for help.  He explained he had closed the banks.  With an immediate threat of 40 miles of … more
Love your neighbor, we are taught through God’s Word.   Who is your neighbor?  Those who live next door, also those who exist everywhere in the world.  You may not always like … more
“Buy Dirt.”  That’s the solution for a country boy’s lifestyle problems as he presents it in a song on WSMI’s play-list throughout February. Although I fear … more
“We’ve got to hold on to what we’ve got. It doesn’t make a difference if we make it or not.  We’ve got each other and that’s a lot for love. We’ll … more
Several years ago, the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute was invited to join a dozen universities in the United States to promote bipartisan collaboration and productive discourse at the state and … more
I am a graduate of the Sorento Elementary School, Class of 1965.  I have followed the debate on your pages and through personal communications and am truly dismayed at the short-sighted decision … more
I had to apologize to my littlest sister (not by birth but by love), Dannielle, a few weeks ago.  In typical oldest sibling fashion I put my foot in my mouth at our weekly family dinner night … more
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