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This “Ramblings” is for Emma, my almost year old great-granddaughter, in hopes that she’ll care what my life was like when she turns 21. I don’t see her often enough, and I … more
These are certainly unusual times in our community and our country.  Unfortunately, many of our politicians have focused on issues that have little to do with the health and future of our … more
The Paws Care, Inc. board would like to thank the local communities for their support.   When the biggest fundraiser for Paws–their annual trivia night–was postponed and then … more
Hello, I am a site manager for the HR  support company that recently spent several days testing residents of Hillsboro and surrounding communities for COVID-19.   I wanted to thank the … more
“Grace changes everything.” Of the two-dozen or so Grace shirts I have in my wardrobe, my very favorite one is a crimson T-shirt with that very saying. Not only was it a gift from a … more
The week after Hamilton debuted on Disney+, Kyle and Mary Herschelman and I were enthusiastically gushing over everything we loved about the musical, admitting how many times we had watched it and … more
Recently, I was watching my one-year-old daughter, Piper, navigate the complex intricacies of brushing her five teeth.  She fervently moved the toothbrush back and forth–meaning she … more
On Aug. 12 of last year, the results of a study exploring school reorganization of the Panhandle, Litchfield, and Hillsboro school districts were presented to the community.   The impetus for … more
Greetings! This is the first of–hopefully–many columns that grow your roots in Farm Bureau and local agriculture.  If we haven’t met, allow me to introduce myself. My name … more
The Illinois EPA Bureau of Water is holding public meeting on  Aug. 6 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. If you are concerned about the water quality in Lake Lou Yaeger, this meeting should be of interest … more
Betsy Dirksen Londrigan is the clear choice for U.S. Congress on Nov. 3 She strongly supports the ability of families to obtain affordable insurance and prescription drugs, not the drug companies, … more
On March 18, 1925–just over 95 years ago–the deadliest tornado in U.S. history moved across Southern Illinois. Beginning in Ellington, MO, and wreaking three and a half hours of havoc … more
One of the most politically powerful entities in this state, ComEd, has basically admitted bribing the most politically powerful person in this state, House Speaker Michael Madigan, and agreed to pay … more
In recent weeks, I’ve listened to people defend their rights not to wear masks and social distance.  I’ve also worried about the safety of students, teachers, and staff who hope … more
July 1953 weather alternates between "very hot" and "very rainy." Grandma's brother Harley Newport is extremely ill, so she makes a lot of trips to the Taylorville hospital to visit him. I was … more
As our communities and state battle and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more critical than ever that we have a strong healthcare delivery system that provides high-quality, accessible care … more
Sometimes it’s easier to discover who one is, and thus come to an understanding of himself, by first telling what one is not. When I know myself well, I can take steps to rectify  problem … more
I’m writing this letter in regards to the recent headline on the front page of The Journal-News, “Nokomis City Council Fires Water Company.”  I would like to set the record … more
Although my dad might argue I spent my entire adolescence as a hoarder, I can’t say that I’m really much of a “saver” anymore. It’s probably true that I had a lot of … more
Riots, destruction of property, religious intolerance, and recalcitrance toward the flag–all issues from the pages of any daily newspaper in any city in the country these days. This column, … more
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