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As a past mayor of Hillsboro, the son of a Moose member, and a former Moose member who dropped due to health reasons, I would like to encourage a solution that would allow our Moose lodge to reopen. … 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. We hope everyone had a … more
Meeting season is still in full swing as we kick off the new year.   Several upcoming events are on the Farm Bureau calendar, and I wanted to be sure to share those with you. Carbon … more
Litchfield’s first mayor, William Enos Bacon, was born in New York in 1821. He may never have stepped foot in Montgomery County if it weren’t for his father’s death, when he was a … more
This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Litchfield Museum.   The board has decided to mark the occasion with special events all year long! The Journal-News has generously agreed to … more
January 1956 is really cold for much of the month, so Grandma and Grandpa tend to necessary chores around the farm. Since they like to be on the go, they continue to visit family and friends. Linda … more
The Ariston, long a landmark fixture along Route 66 in Litchfield, was first opened in Carlinville in 1924, by Pete Adam, a native of Dirveni, Greece. Six years later, in 1930, the construction of … more
Two years after the deadly attack on our country on Jan. 6, 2021, it’s hard to ignore that the House of Representatives is now controlled by those who embraced and fueled Trump’s big lie. … more
During the civil rights struggles of the 1960s, many of the largest–and bloodiest–demonstrations were in the South. A series of violent clashes in Illinois in 1966, however, surprised … more
The community gathered to watch American Radiator lay the cornerstone of their Litchfield plant on June 9, 1904. Litchfield’s American Radiator Plant occupied 28 acres on the southeast edge of … more
I sincerely hope everyone in the world has a great 2023; my world view is more inclusive than that of some people I know. I really expect my new year to be less stressful than my last 20 because of … more
Located along the “Mother Road,” the 66 Motel Court boasted thirty rooms with exterior entrances. Each of the living quarters was simply furnished with items that would be considered … more
As we head into the new year, I am excited for efforts to make 2023 the “Year of the Farmer.” Illinois Farm Families, a coalition comprised of the Illinois Farm Bureau and Illinois … more
In the stillness and quiet of the day after Christmas, I sit back to enjoy a few less-busy moments than the rest of the month. Don’t get me wrong. I love all the Christmas things. From … more
As we start 2023, we have much to be grateful for. As health care workers, one of the things we are most grateful for is that COVID symptoms are not as severe as they have been in the past, and the … more
“I followed a woman in the grocery store the other day,” I admitted to my friend Abby in a hushed tone, lowering my voice so that the few people scattered about the coffee shop, where we … more
Meetings, meetings and did I say meetings? ‘Tis the season to attend…meetings!   We last had a chance to visit in October and that month was full of field visits. November and … more
I have some simple–and unsolicited–advice for Illinois college and university students: do everything possible to study abroad while you are an undergraduate. I offer this advice … more
On behalf of all the volunteers at the Litchfield Museum and Route 66 Welcome Center, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the citizens of Litchfield and the surrounding area for their … more
Attention Montgomery County residents: at the Montgomery County Board meeting on Dec. 13, 2022 at 5:30 p.m., there will be an informational presentation on carbon storage and carbon dioxide pipelines … more
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