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The Constitution ensures “life,” liberty, and the pursuit of happiness! Our forefathers who wrote the Constitution would be rolling in their graves.   Nowhere in the … more
It was quite simply, “the best of times and the worst of times,” all at the same time. One year ago today was the worst day of my life. It was the day I lost my daughter Grace. May … more
At what age children should have access to technology is one of several hot button debates that have been floating around my social media feeds as of late.   It’s one that I generally … more
Planting season is here! Warm, dry weather finally found us and farmers have been busy with field work for the past week.   The long wait is over.   Not only is May planting season, … more
Nowhere in the U.S. Constitution does it say that we have to have nine Supreme Court justices, nor would it require a constitutional amendment to add more seats. In fact, Congress has expanded the … more
Grandma used the moon signs   as a guide in planting. A good example of this practice was evidenced by Tom Dammann's planting in May of 1955. He planted corn on May 18 when she thought the sign … more
Back in the day, when HHS had a high school newspaper, The Preface, and I was fortunate (my perspective now that the experience is in my rear-view mirror) enough to be the sponsor of it and the … more
I went back to school this month, although not to further my own studies, but rather to join Charley and her pre-K class. She’s been asking me to go to school with her for weeks. Nearly … more
“How could you do this? How could you do this to me?” I bellow into the void. My voice is bitingly acidic as the accusation slices through the air. There is no reverence, only the … more
April showers bring May flowers and anxious farmers. The wet weather has kept farmers out of the fields and we are behind schedule for spring planting. Warm, dry days are needed if we plan on getting … more
As Americans, we have no king. We live in a representative democracy—a republic.   However, many Americans do, in fact, have a king in Jesus Christ.   We live in a kingdom with a … more
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 … 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” … 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
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