Opinion

Tell Me Something Good: The Start Of An Unprecedented School Year

By Leah Williams I always enjoyed the first day of school. A perpetual student until my early 30s, I loved the surge of school supply shopping, the meticulous detail in making class schedules, preparing for another year of academic success. Every August presents itself with the usual apprehensions. What will this school year bring? But…

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Letter: Coronavirus Questions

Last week in the Community Spread of COVID-19 article, I said “We’ve done well.  We’ve been lucky.  The contest is not over.  It’s crunch time.”  Some of you contacted me about that article.  The question most often asked was “What more can I do?”   Here’s the list: 1.  Stay home.  That is easier said…

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Column: An Important Lesson From A Three-Legged Cat

By Leah Williams There is something about a country cat. My mom’s house in rural Sandoval was gifted with a stray one day. She was a longhaired calico cat who my sister named Dolly. Now I am not talking hyperbole when I say that this feisty feline is the baddest cat I’ve ever known.  I…

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Column: Tell Me Something Good

By Leah Williams The new year is here, and along with the turn of the calendar page comes the promise of a new beginning. What lies ahead in the next 12 months is uncertain, but the hope that something better is around the corner. The older I get the more desperate I seem to want…

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Letter To The Editor: Farm conservation program hitting new heights around Illinois

All around Illinois, farmers are increasingly showing how to improve conservation on their land – one important Star Rating at a time. The S.T.A.R. Program, short for Saving Tomorrow’s Agriculture Resources, was created in 2017 through the Champaign County Soil and Water Conservation District to promote sustainable farming. Participating farmers and landowners learn how to…

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Letters: FOIA Request To Washington County Hospital

Brian [Monsma, president of Washington County Hospital], As I have long asserted, WCH is in violation of legal requirements to provide information to me. You have received a copy of the letter sent to me June 7, 2019. from the Attorney General.  It was sent to Nancy Newby as FOIA officer of the hospital.  (…

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Letter To The Editor: CILA And The King Property

Dear Editor, Could please include this survey in your next weekly newspaper? Yesterday there was a court hearing about how the new Community Integrated Living Arrangement (CILA) owned by Community Link in Breese, IL was asking for tax exempt on the newly donated home, formerly owned by Jerry King. I understand that the Nashville Community…

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