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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
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
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