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After transcribing so many years of Grandma's diaries, I am struck by the rhythmic cycles of the farm. Each season centered on specific jobs that must be  finished by the time the next season … more
Cold weather has found us, but that’s not keeping farmers from caring for their livestock. Montgomery County Farm Bureau board member Brad Young has been caring for kidding goats the past few … more
I had lunch this past week with two civic leaders in their handsome small city in central Illinois. Both had moved to their present town for family reasons, after careers in other states. They are … more
Someone posted a link to a newspaper story in a high school sports group I follow in Facebook with a commentary about the “sad state of newspapers now” and how you would have to pay to … more
In Montgomery County, Lincoln’s Birthday is not the only reason to celebrate Feb. 12. That is also the birthdate of the county itself. Founded on Feb. 12, 1821, the bicentennial of Montgomery … more
The dance of democracy continues in 2021 with the once-a-decade ritual of drawing new state legislative and congressional district lines in Illinois and across the nation. In two-thirds of the … more
We noticed a few folks in the area were flying the US flag upside down. As most know, this is traditionally seen as a sign of distress.  We understand the frustration of seeing policies … more
I’m writing this letter to the editor in regard to the leash law for dogs. I feel I do not have the privilege of walking due to dogs chasing me and the fear of being attacked. It does not do … more
When I feel alone, I often wonder if God is there, but as I have aged, I’ve learned that God has never left me, He will never leave me, and that He is present in every moment of my life, even … more
I am a self-proclaimed troglodyte, though I deny any resemblance to a grumpy old man. The latter deals with age; the former deals with technology and a lack of appreciation for it. I suspect … more
In response to the letter to the editor from Paul Hemken on Jan. 25, you started by stating, “we have all seen the real Trump now.”   We, who voted for President Donald John … more
Patty and I wanted to send a note of appreciation as to how efficient the Montgomery County Health Department set up distribution of the Moderna vaccine shots Friday morning in the new county highway … more
This time last year, I wrote my column about the 75th anniversary of the Galer family relocating to Hillsboro to become part of The Hillsboro Journal, which is now The Journal-News. And as our … more
We have all seen the real Trump now. I don’t blame Christians for voting for Trump.  He did get things done that the Bible says have to happen before Christ returns.  He knew he … more
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