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Coffeen One of Four Power Plants to be Closed

Wed, 21 Aug 2019 13:12:43 CDT
Texas-based energy company Vistra Energy announced on Wednesday that the Coffeen Power Plant is one of its four Illinois plants that will be retired. The Montgomery County Board released a statement in response to the decision.  Read more...


Illinois Crop Progress and Conditions 8/18/19

Tue, 20 Aug 2019 14:52:09 CDT
There were 5.4 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending August 18, 2019. Statewide the average temperature was 75 degrees, 1 degree above normal. Precipitation averaged 1 1/2 inches, or 0.66 inches above normal.  Read more...


Litchfield Experiences Surge in Illegal Narcotics

Tue, 20 Aug 2019 13:27:58 CDT
The city of Litchfield has experienced a surge in illegal narcotic activity, according to a release from the city's Police Department. A total of 48 arrests have been executed this year for possession of illegal narcotics.  Read more...


County Farmer’s Institute Books Available

Mon, 19 Aug 2019 16:17:21 CDT
The 2019 program booklets for the Montgomery County Farmer’s Institute and Household Science Section are now available. The booklets have been distributed to local Montgomery County businesses. The booklets are also available at the University of Illinois Extension office in Hillsboro, where the program will be held.  Read more...


I-55 Southbound Restricted to One Lane at Night

Mon, 19 Aug 2019 09:59:25 CDT
The southbound lanes of Interstate 55 between Hamel and Edwardsville will be restricted to one lane during nighttime hours, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation. Between Exits 30 and 23, the lanes will be restricted between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m.  Read more...


Panhandle School Board to Meet Monday

Mon, 19 Aug 2019 09:54:17 CDT
The Panhandle School Board will hold their August meeting on Monday at Lincolnwood High School in Raymond. New business items on the agenda include: A. District registration information B. Discussion with action regarding the tentative FY 2020 District Budget C.  Read more...


Litchfield Council Approves Promissory Note for New Subdivision

Sat, 17 Aug 2019 07:15:05 CDT
A spirited discussion broke out between members of the Litchfield City Council on Thursday about the development of a new subdivision at Lake Lou Yaeger. The council approved an ordinance by a 5-4 vote to authorize the issuance of a Promissory Note of $1,996,000.  Read more...


Search Involving Air Support Leads to Arrest of Hillsboro Man

Sat, 17 Aug 2019 07:08:47 CDT
An hours-long search on Friday that involved the Illinois State Police Air Operations and the use of a local fire department's drone resulted in the arrest of a Hillsboro man after a reported burglary earlier in the morning.  Read more...


Beard-Shaving Fundraiser to Benefit 5-year-old Boy

Thu, 15 Aug 2019 13:47:41 CDT
Five men have agreed to shave their beards if their $500 fundraising goal is reached by Friday, as part of a benefit for a 5-year-old boy with a rare disease. Paxton Sarsany suffers from Methylmalonic Acidemia cblB type. Children who have the disease generally exhibit a failure to thrive and developmental delays.  Read more...


Consultants Present County School Study Findings

Wed, 14 Aug 2019 14:02:39 CDT
If three of the four school districts in Montgomery County were to consolidate and a new high school was constructed, that facility would house approximately 1,000 students, according to Dr. Len Bogle. This and many other figures were revealed during a presentation of school reorganization on Monday, Aug. 12.  Read more...


Illinois Crop Progress and Conditions 8/12/19

Wed, 14 Aug 2019 10:25:59 CDT
There were 6.5 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending August 11, 2019. Statewide, the average temperature was 74.5 degrees, 0.7 degrees above normal. Precipitation averaged 0.41 inches, 0.50 inches below normal.  Read more...


Hillsboro Council to Discuss Water Service

Tue, 13 Aug 2019 12:08:58 CDT
Water service will be a topic of discussion during the Hillsboro City Council meeting on Tuesday. Jim Lohman, a citizen, will address the council about water service connections in the city. There is also a discussion on the agenda about amending an ordinance regarding maintenance on water lines.  Read more...


School Reorganization Presentation to be Given

Mon, 12 Aug 2019 09:03:50 CDT
A presentation will be given on Monday by Midwest School Consultants on the findings of a reorganization study that was conducted for the Hillsboro, Litchfield and Panhandle School Districts.  Read more...


IDOT to Close Southbound Lanes of Interstate in Madison County

Thu, 08 Aug 2019 12:39:23 CDT
The Illinois Department of Transportation has announced that the southbound lanes of Interstate 55/70 in Madison County will be closed beginning on Friday. The Interstate from the I-270/55/70 interchange near Troy to Black Lane near Collinsville will receive a new bituminous surface treatment, weather permitting.  Read more...


Illinois Crop Progress and Conditions 8/5/19

Tue, 06 Aug 2019 15:05:23 CDT
There were 6.7 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending August 4, 2019. Statewide, the average temperature was 73.1 degrees, 1.0 degree below normal. Precipitation averaged 0.36 inches, 0.44 inches below normal.  Read more...


Retaining Wall at Library Park to be Repaired

Tue, 06 Aug 2019 11:05:31 CDT
The city of Litchfield is moving forward with repair work for the brick landscape wall at Library Park. The city council approved a on Thursday, Aug. 1, for a total cost of $11,485. The quote was given by the company Dobrinich and Johns Brick.  Read more...


No Injuries Reported After Truck Crash on I-55

Mon, 05 Aug 2019 08:47:54 CDT
No injuries were reported after a pickup truck crashed on Interstate 55 north of Litchfield on Friday, Aug. 2. The Litchfield Fire Department was dispatched to the accident at 3:20 p.m. on Friday at mile marker 55.  Read more...


USDA Opens Signup for Market Facilitation Program

Fri, 02 Aug 2019 09:49:30 CDT
Signup opens today for the Market Facilitation Program (MFP), a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) program to assist farmers who continue to suffer from damages because of unjustified trade retaliation from foreign nations.  Read more...


Litchfield Holds Meeting on Sports Complex

Fri, 02 Aug 2019 08:49:52 CDT
“Litchfield is on the move.” That was the sentiment expressed by local business owner Ed Wernsing during a public informational meeting on Thursday where details were released about a potential new sports complex on the city's west side.  Read more...


Hillsboro Police Hires Former Auxiliary Police Officer

Wed, 31 Jul 2019 13:01:47 CDT
A new officer with the Hillsboro Police Department was hired during a special city council meeting on Tuesday, July 30. Tim Siverly fills a vacancy that was left by Kelly Brewer, who resigned last week. Prior to being hired as a member of the department, Siverly served with Hillsboro's Auxiliary Police.  Read more...


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