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My name is Bill Baran.  I’m a Vietnam combat veteran and former mayor of Hillsboro, and I’m asking you to vote for Chase Wilhelm for state representative. I have gotten to know … more
As we get ready to turn the calendar to November, it reminds me that many on social media use the month to post something they are thankful for each day. It’s always such a bright spot … more
As fields in the center of Montgomery County erupted in flames Saturday afternoon–thought to be caused by a spark from a passing train–first responders, volunteers, farmers and others all … more
“What’s the difference between a bookkeeper in the garment district and a supreme court justice? One generation.” I felt the news of Justice Ginsberg’s death on Friday, … more
Snack bags, field visits, and friendly conversations do a great job of summarizing what we (Farm Bureau) have been up to the past month.  Dry weather has allowed great progress to be made … more
Friends and residents of the Hillsboro Area Public Library District–at last!  It has been a long wait, but the hopes and dreams regarding the future of the Hillsboro Area Public Library … more
Although the pandemic has certainly cut the number of visitors to the Litchfield Museum and Route 66 Welcome Center, enthusiasm among the volunteers still runs high.  We have been able to use … more
I’m writing a letter in support of Chase Wilhelm for state representative. His credentials alone outshine that of his opponent.   Chase is a SLU graduate, a veteran of the Army, as well … more
As a retired attorney of 40 years, I have defended many criminals.  Some need to be put away for a long time, and we would not want them out among our families Believe me when I say I have … more
1953 was one of the driest years on record in central Illinois. The yields of both beans and corn are thin, which is worrisome to the farm families. Because  the economy of Main Street and the … more
 How many times have we heard, or said, “I don't talk about religion or politics?”   For me and my house, voting is a matter of faith.  We are told that voting is our … more
Now I know how my mom felt (and I suspect Judy’s parents too) when Judy and I came west. If Judy’s parents were worried about us, neither said anything to me. Perhaps they asked Judy … more
2020 has been an education in grace–grace to keep moving through the daily flex of last-minute notices and upheaval of assignments. At the school bus yard we had new routes delivering school … more
I would like to congratulate our very own local newspaper of record for Montgomery County on receiving several awards, again.  Indeed, with or without awards, we are blessed by the kind of … more
I’ve been in 4-H ever since I was five, and it has given many opportunities to me.  I have learned about being a good leader by being an officer and serving on committees in my … more
I want to extend my support to Bryant Hitchings, Montgomery County State’s Attorney. Over the past year, I have had the opportunity to work with Bryant Hitchings, our current Montgomery … more
Inside today’s edition of The Journal-News, you probably found a list of awards we won at this year’s Illinois Press Association’s Better Newspapers Contest. To say that I’m … more
In response to your block ad, we have great respect for our military!  We also have great respect for President Trump! Stealing is a crime.  We would hate to think it’s someone … more
My name is Clint Harkins.  My wife and I have lived in Montgomery County for nearly 20 years. Three years ago, a member of our family was the victim of a serious predatorial assault.  … more
I began reading Mary Herschelman’s columns long before I knew her personally.  I often read them and feel as if she is speaking directly to me, offering guidance and bringing clarity I … more
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