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Celebrate Bicentennial with Souvenirs

Fri, 08 Jan 2021 09:46:59 CST
Montgomery County will turn 200 years old in five weeks, and to celebrate, the Historical Society of Montgomery County is offering historical souvenirs now on display in the store front window just south of Black Rabbit Coffee in downtown Hillsboro.  Read more...

Nokomis Kroger to Close

Wed, 06 Jan 2021 13:48:42 CST
(Nokomis, IL.) - Kroger’s Central Division announced today the decision to close its store in Nokomis, Illinois. The decision follows extensive evaluation of the store’s financial performance.  Read more...

U of I Food Managers Class & Exam Set for February

Mon, 04 Jan 2021 13:52:25 CST
HILLSBORO, Ill. - University of Illinois Extension will be offering the state mandated Certified Food Protection Managers class and exam.  Read more...

First Baby of 2021 from Litchfield

Mon, 04 Jan 2021 09:21:09 CST
Alex Alonzo Perez, newborn son of Juan and Juana Alonzo Perez of Litchfield, is the winner of The Journal-News "First Baby of the Year" contest. He was delivered by Dr. Laura Watt at HSHS St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield at 10:40 p.m. on Jan. 1, 2021. Alex weighed 5 lbs., 11 ozs., and measured 18 ins. long.  Read more...

First COVID-19 Vaccines Administered Locally

Thu, 24 Dec 2020 08:04:45 CST
The first COVID-19 vaccines were administered in Montgomery County on Wednesday, Dec. 23 in the auditorium of St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield. Ten vaccines were administered on Dec. 23, with clinics for fellow colleagues scheduled Dec. 28-30.  Read more...

Multiple Depts. Battle Blaze in Pana

Thu, 24 Dec 2020 07:59:56 CST
A massive fire broke out in downtown Pana on Tuesday morning. Crews from multiple Fire Departments including Christian, Montgomery, Shelby, Macon, and Fayette Counties responded to the 5 alarm fire along with the Chris-Mont EMA.  Read more...

Litchfield KC's Santa Claus Cruise

Thu, 17 Dec 2020 07:20:40 CST
The Litchfield Knights of Columbus will be having a Santa Claus Cruise on Sunday, Dec 20th at 2pm, see map above for a detailed route.  Read more...

Rural Shed Theft East of Hillsboro

Thu, 10 Dec 2020 11:29:07 CST
Macoupin/Montgomery Crimestoppers is seeking your help in solving a theft. On Monday, December 3, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint of stolen equipment. The owner of a remote shed on 9th Ave near the Deer Run Mine reported that two pieces of equipment had been stolen.  Read more...

Rapid COVID Testing this Weekend in Litchfield

Thu, 10 Dec 2020 07:23:56 CST
The Montgomery County Health Department is offering free COVID-19 rapid testing through Litchfield Family Practice Center, available on Saturdays and Sundays in December from 1-3 p.m. or until 40 tests have been completed, whichever comes first.  Read more...

Thanksgiving Incident leads to Drug Arrest

Mon, 30 Nov 2020 17:26:26 CST
On November, 26th, 2020 at approximately 12:01AM, the Montgomery County, IL Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) arrested a male who was identified as Roger A. Kluge, 53 of Cadet, Missouri for Possession of Methamphetamine 5 grams-15 grams, and Methamphetamine Delivery.  Read more...

Hillsboro Police Seeking Stolen Snowplows, Salt Spreader

Wed, 25 Nov 2020 16:01:31 CST
Hillsboro Police Department took a theft report of two snowplows and a salt spreader (seen in the back of the truck in the photo) on Friday, November 20, 2020. Please see information in the photos attached.  Read more...

Fatal Wreck East of Nokomis Sunday

Wed, 25 Nov 2020 15:27:34 CST
A Nokomis man was killed in a one-vehicle rollover accident east of Nokomis early Sunday morning. Robert Daniel Robinson, 46, of Nokomis, was pronounced dead at the scene at 3:15 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, by the Montgomery County Coroner’s office.  Read more...

Hillsboro Schools to Test Employees Post-Thanksgiving

Mon, 23 Nov 2020 17:11:52 CST
The following is a letter from Hillsboro Schools Superintendent David Powell. "First of all, I want to thank each and every student and family for all you are doing under these difficult circumstances to keep our school year running as well as it has. I am so very proud of our students, teachers, and support staff.  Read more...

Burglary at Panama Deli

Mon, 23 Nov 2020 12:48:32 CST
Crimestoppers is seeking information regarding a Burglary that occurred in the early morning hours of November 15h at the Nu-Way Deli, located in the Village of Panama in Montgomery County. The suspect forced entry to the business and stole a dispenser stand containing scratch off lottery tickets.  Read more...

Hillsboro Schools COVID-19 Update

Fri, 20 Nov 2020 16:55:15 CST
A substitute bus driver tested positive for COVID this week, no other quarantines resulted from contact tracing. This brings our total number of known COVID-positive students to date to 16 and staff to 12.  Read more...

Four Litchfield Businesses Experience COVID Cases

Fri, 20 Nov 2020 16:46:53 CST
Jubelt’s Bakery located at 303 N Old Rte 66 S, Litchfield, Taco Bell located at 1201 W. Weir St, Litchfield, Nancy’s Pizza located at 13 Thunderbird Cr, Litchfield & Long John Silvers located 1 Ohren Dr, Litchfield All four of these businesses have an employee who has tested positive for COVID.  Read more...

Area COVID-19 Cancellations

Wed, 18 Nov 2020 16:27:02 CST
-A Community of Faith Church in Raymond is canceling worship services for Sunday, November 22nd. All services will be online on the church website. -The Litchfield Moose Lodge is suspending Friday night dinners through the end of November.  Read more...

Local Contact Tracers Are Being Overwhelmed

Mon, 16 Nov 2020 11:07:01 CST
Contact tracing goes hand in hand with testing and is critical to supporting patients with suspected or confirmed infection. For COVID-19, the ability to scale our contact tracing capacity is crucial to slow community spread. Your help is the key to stopping the spread of COVID-19 and protecting your loved ones.  Read more...

New Church Cancellations

Sun, 15 Nov 2020 15:58:22 CST
A Community of Faith Church in Raymond is canceling worship services for Sunday, November 15 and Sunday November 22nd. All services will be online on the church website. Zion Lutheran church ELCA in farmersville will be closed this Sunday November 15 until further notice.  Read more...

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