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Hillsboro Council Hears Dog Park Proposal

Thu, 15 Nov 2018 10:19:33 CST
The Hillsboro City Council listened to a suggestion from a local resident Tuesday evening about building a dog park along School Street. Nancy Slepicka spoke to the council on behalf of Imagine Hillsboro's Parks and Recreation Committee.  Read more...


County Board Unanimously Approves FY19 Budget

Wed, 14 Nov 2018 10:38:21 CST
Members of the Montgomery County Board unanimously approved a budget for Fiscal Year 2019 during their monthly meeting Tuesday morning.  Read more...


New Blackburn College President

Wed, 14 Nov 2018 09:11:39 CST
Blackburn College has selected Dr. Julie Murray-Jensen as the next President of Blackburn College. She will be on campus beginning January 14, 2019. Dr. Murray-Jensen succeeds Dr. John Comerford, who served as Blackburn President from July 2013-July 2018. Dr.  Read more...


LLCC Litchfield Director Killed in Vehicle-Pedestrian Accident

Mon, 12 Nov 2018 12:35:31 CST
The Director of Lincoln Land Community College's Litchfield campus was killed during a vehicle-pedestrian accident last Thursday evening. Lorie McDonald, 46, was pronounced dead at HSHS St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield, according to the Montgomery County Coroner's Office.  Read more...


Former Litchfield Resident to Hold Book Signing Event

Mon, 12 Nov 2018 11:12:58 CST
Former Litchfield resident and new author Sonya Jones will be holding a book signing in Litchfield in December at the new library. Jones, who was a contestant on NBC's “The Biggest Loser” during the show's sixteenth season, will be signing copies of her book titled, 44 Lessons from a Loser.  Read more...


Graham Correctional to Receive $2.5 Million for Improvements

Mon, 12 Nov 2018 11:05:56 CST
Graham Correctional Center in Hillsboro will be receiving more than $2.5 million for improvement projects, according to State Representative Avery Bourne. Bourne said over 167,000 square feet of roofing will be the prison's main priority.  Read more...


Macoupin Election Results

Wed, 07 Nov 2018 09:08:47 CST
Fifty seven percent of registered voters in Macoupin County turned out for Tuesday's election. The positions of Sheriff, Treasurer, and County Clerk were uncontested in the county.  Read more...


Montgomery County Election Results

Wed, 07 Nov 2018 07:11:53 CST
Seventy-one percent of registered voters in Montgomery County participated in Tuesday's General Election. The county saw a total of eight contested races, including sheriff, treasurer, state's attorney, county clerk and recorder and seats in four county board districts.  Read more...


Board Approves Interim School Superintendent

Fri, 02 Nov 2018 12:23:08 CDT
The Litchfield School Board agreed to a contract with an interim superintendent Thursday evening, filling a vacancy that was left by Debbie Poffinbarger earlier this week.  Read more...


Starr Shooters Collecting Donations for Wreaths

Thu, 01 Nov 2018 11:10:41 CDT
The Montgomery County Starr Shooters 4-H club will once again be honoring local veterans in cooperation with the Wreaths Across America Foundation. 4-H members will be collecting $15 donations from area residents who are interested in sponsoring a wreath to be laid at a veteran's grave at the Witt Cemetery.  Read more...


Litchfield Superintendent of Schools Resigns

Tue, 30 Oct 2018 11:10:41 CDT
The Superintendent of Litchfield Schools has stepped down from her position, according to multiple employees with the district. Debbie Poffinbarger submitted her letter of resignation Monday, effective immediately. Former superintendent John Mullet will take over on an interim basis.  Read more...


Board Makes Many Personnel Decisions in October

Mon, 29 Oct 2018 09:13:53 CDT
Though much of the attention surrounding their meetings focused on high school Principal Doug Hoster, the Litchfield School Board did address other personnel items during their sessions over the past couple of weeks.  Read more...


Nokomis Teen Dies in Crash South of Taylorville

Fri, 26 Oct 2018 12:34:33 CDT
A Nokomis teenager was killed in an automobile crash Thursday afternoon south of Taylorville. Camren Neisler, 18, was pronounced at the scene by Christian County Coroner Amy Winnans. According to the Christian County Sheriff's Office, Neisler was driving a vehicle north on Christian County Highway 1 at 1:13 p.m. Wednesday.  Read more...


Litchfield Approves Contracts for Advertising

Thu, 25 Oct 2018 11:32:55 CDT
At their meeting last Thursday, the Litchfield City Council approved contracts with three different companies for advertising services. First, the council approved the renewal of a contract with R&K Outdoor, inc. for an amount not to exceed $7,450 for billboard advertising.  Read more...


Board Suspends Litchfield Principal

Wed, 24 Oct 2018 08:44:22 CDT
Following a hearing that spanned two days and lasted more than seven hours, the Litchfield School Board reached a decision on the discipline of high school Principal Doug Hoster during a special meeting Monday evening. At 1:20 a.m.  Read more...


Student, Parents Criticize Superintendent at Board Meeting

Fri, 19 Oct 2018 10:38:55 CDT
The drama surrounding the Litchfield School Board, Superintendent Debbie Poffinbarger and high school Principal Doug Hoster will continue Monday evening after the board was forced to adjourn Thursday's meeting due to time constraints. "We're continuing that hearing Monday evening, at 6 p.m.  Read more...


President Responds, But Questions About Two Forums Remain

Thu, 18 Oct 2018 10:26:28 CDT
An official with one of the unions responsible for organizing Thursday evening's political forum in Hillsboro has responded after controversy arose following the announcement that certain local candidates would be skipping the annual Litchfield forum in favor of Hillsboro's.  Read more...


Panhandle Board Approves New Contract for Superintendent

Wed, 17 Oct 2018 12:01:29 CDT
The Panhandle school board approved a new contract for the district's superintendent during their monthly meeting on Monday evening. After meeting in closed session for nearly two hours, the board approved a five-year contract for superintendent Aaron Hopper.  Read more...


Two Forums to be Held Thursday, Sparking Controversy

Tue, 16 Oct 2018 08:28:28 CDT
An evening that was supposed to feature one bipartisan political forum has turned controversial after it was announced that a second forum will be held in Montgomery County on Thursday.  Read more...


Investigation Into Stolen Property Leads to Drug Arrests

Wed, 10 Oct 2018 08:19:16 CDT
An investigation into stolen property on Vandalia Street led to the arrest of three Hillsboro residents on Saturday morning. Gordon Barksdale, 59, Michael Lyons IV, 25, and Chelsea Lassiter, 32, were each arrested and cited for Possession of Stolen Property and Possession of Methamphetamine.  Read more...


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