Can you imagine this? My friend is a pyromaniac. He loves a good campfire. Sometimes we have 8 foot chimney logs. Adding copper and rubber to the fire adds so many magnetic colors. Wow, the energy and colored light from the fire is contagious. Can you see the golden, orange flames? What about the deep ocean blues or the sea foam greens? It is like a beautiful rainbow in the flames. The light the fire sheds cast shadows over the wilderness that go on and on.

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Someday it will be our call, your work on earth is done, or the rapture comes are you ready to go? We all know it is coming, we don't know when. Some may get sick, and say you've got time to get ready to die. But others die in all kind of ways. The big thing, are you ready to die? Will you s…

All we hear now days is a cry for gun control and more gun laws from all our liberal citizens. We believe the real reason for all the horrible loss of life in so many of our schools and across America isn't the guns that cause it, its’s what's in people's hearts and minds today that cause th…

I have just read the details of some of the new taxes and costs to buy and license and drive cars implemented in Illinois. The impact they will have on downstate middle to moderate income families will he devastating. Do they even know, or care, how things work in small towns in Illinois?

It has become very much apparent that the liberal Democrats in Washington are not satisfied with the outcome of the Russia investigation that was conducted by special council Robert Mueller. His findings were that there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. And according to…

During the April 10 Shelby County Board meeting, Chairman Dave Cruitt announced that there would be a Shelby County Drug Court graduation ceremony on Friday, April 12. The poceedings were to be held at the First Baptist Church and open to anyone wishing to attend. He also mentioned that when…

Illinois roadways have become dangerous, even deadly for an increasing number of police officers this year. The Illinois Insurance Association, a property casualty trade association, urges motorists to protect emergency responders and others by following traffic laws and committing to drivin…

The upcoming election for Lake Land College Board is very important to our local area. This fine educational institution is where many of our local students get their start in higher education. The board members chosen in this election will be instrumental in determining what kind of educati…

Since the government shutdown it has become obvious that the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and the rest of the liberal obstructionist Democrats in Washington aren't even remotely interested in negotiating a deal with President Trump that would include funding for the much needed wall alo…

Nov. 12 - 16 is National Education Week. The members of The American Legion Auxiliary Liberty Unit 289 of Strasburg want to say *THANK YOU* and encourage members of the community to also say THANK YOU to the teachers, teacher aides, janitors, secretaries, bus drivers, cooks, and administrato…

John Shimkus promised to serve in Congress no more than 12 years … 22 years ago. He lives near St. Louis, yet represents roughly the southeast fourth of Illinois so has little vested interest in us past being re-elected.

Thanks and many blessings to Penny Standerfer, a police dispatcher who recently helped me with a contact lens snafu as I parked at the stateion. Her quick help saved mne a lens replacement. I also want to thank her for her faithful work in helping stray and abused animals. A raffle was held …

First, I want everyone to know what pesticides are. Definition of pesticides - a substance used to destroy pests as insects or weeds. They are used to kill, repel, or control certain forms of plant or animal life that is considered to be pest. For simplicity, we will just call it weed killer.

For more than 20 years the current occupant of the 15th U.S. Congressional District seat has gone back on his word to serve no more than two terms and has done nothing of significance for his constituents.

In the wake of the shocking Pennsylvania Grand Jury report which revealed that 301 priests sexually abused more than a thousand children, Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced that her office would investigate Catholic dioceses in Illinois in pursuit of "a complete and accurate accounting …

For quite some time now, special counsel Robert Mueller and the liberal Democrats in Washington have been on a mission to prove that Russia interfered in the 2016 elections and helped Donald Trump win the presidential election over Hillary Clinton.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan called me on Monday, Aug. 27, and we discussed her announcement of Aug. 23 stating that she would like to have a conversation with the bishops of the Catholic dioceses of Illinois about our handling of allegations of "sexually inappropriate behavior inv…

Back when I was growing up, dad would say, "It is supper time." We would stop what we were doing and go to the house to eat. When I got older, we did the same with our kids: "It is supper time." The good old days, they say. If you missed supper, you could eat later.

Senator John McCain devoted his life to the country he loved and served as the very model of a warrior and statesman. The legacy of his many decades of public service left no question that he unapologetically put country first. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, loved ones, and our…

My heart is heavy today as I join countless Americans across our country in mourning the loss of one of our nation’s greatest leaders and statesmen, one of my personal heroes, Senator John McCain. Throughout his life – as a Naval Aviator, a Prisoner of War who endured years of torture, a Con…

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, recently introduced a bill to crack down on flavored tobacco in e-cigarettes. He believes Big Tobacco is marketing to kids with flavors like cake batter, whipped cream and gummy bears. As a mother and grandmother, I applaud his efforts.

With the 5-4 decision in Janus v AFSCME, the U.S. Supreme Court delivers a rallying cry to America’s working men and women, including our public school employees. Those who pushed the Janus lawsuit, including Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Illinois Policy Institute, will be disappointed to learn …

On Saturday, June 2, 2018, we were in the Shelbyville, Illinois area with plans to attend a wedding. During our travels, our vehicle was rear-ended. The force of the impact resulted in our vehicle over-turning.

l recently attended the American Legion's national constitutional speech contest. Fifty-three high school contestants from their respective departments competed in the quarter finals, nine in the semifinals, and three in the finals. I heard eight outstanding 8-10-minute orations on different…

“Laughter is the best medicine.” If one accepts that fact, then there are a lot of people much healthier after a delightful program, “The Cowbell Show!” held at the Cowden-Herrick High School on a recent Saturday evening. The two- act program featured high school students and teachers displa…

It is sad. A lot of people say, "I got no time for Jesus, in so many ways." It makes you stop and think: When are they going to have time for Him? When they are too old, or dying? They are going to put it off for now. What if they die first? Or the rapture comes first? When they are burning …

As an educator for almost 20 years in a variety of capacities, I have worked with many administrators and professionals. One of those is Michael N. Smith who is running for the Regional Superintendent of Schools for the ROE #11. I first began working with Mr. Smith in 2009 when he was superi…

This letter is written in support of Michael N. Smith, candidate for ROE Regional Superintendent. Mr. Smith’s successful experiences as a classroom teacher, building administrator and school district superintendent have provided him with a diversity of knowledge and experience which best pre…

Have you ever looked at the boundaries of our U.S. Congressional District 15, currently represented by John Shimkus? It includes parts or all of 33 counties from Mahomet, Paxton & Danville in the north to Metropolis in the south. It’s roughly the southeast fourth of the state with some i…

In reference to the school shooting in Florida: Had the teachers been armed, they could take him out. Instead, they were shot. We need more good guns to take out the bad ones. The police can't do it all. It takes the people to help.

Michael Gerson, a former aide to President George W. Bush, has written a column entitled “The Cowardice Among the Republicans is Staggering.” He is dumbfounded, as are many of us, as to why Republicans continue to back Trump - a man who is openly racist, a man who threatens our national secu…

As part of our church’s service program, I recently spent an hour ringing a bell for the Salvation Army’s annual Christmas fund drive. Having done so before in blizzard-like conditions, this day was indeed a blessing … full of sunshine, a slight chill in the air, mild breeze.

Nov. 13-17 was National Education Week. The members of The American Legion Auxiliary Liberty Unit 289 of Strasburg want to say THANK YOU and encourage members of the community to also say THANK YOU to the teachers, teacher aides, janitors, secretaries, bus drivers, cooks, and administrators …

As a Korean War vet, l have been watching with interest the recent football protests over the National Anthem. l understand that these men are protesting certain issues, but showing disrespect for the flag is not the proper way to initiate change. While the anthem protests are their platform…

I offer this letter in response to requests of the Effingham media for a follow-up story regarding St. Anthony Parish, Effingham and Annunciation Parish, Shumway since the resignation of Father Christopher Brey from his pastoral assignments on Monday, October 16, 2017.

The current “flag controversy” isn’t about the flag. It’s about the need for Donald Trump to once again distract the country, especially his “base,” from the fact that he has, so far, accomplished nothing that he promised he’d take care of “very, very quickly” or even on his “first day.”

The date was May 12, 1995. The hour was 10 a.m. and the place was the courthouse in Collinsville, Illinois. There, Elene and I stood among 150 people from 60 different countries being sworn to be American citizens. And for the first time as American citizens we stood with our hands on our he…

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Donald "Don" E. Wallis, 67, of Shelbyville, IL passed away at 3:39 p.m. on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at Heritage Health in Pana, IL. Don was born on January 5, 1952, in Bakersfield, CA, the son of Alonzo and Naomi (Haney) Wallis. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and riding ATV's. Surviving are h…

Donald "Don" E. Wallis, 67, of Shelbyville, IL passed away at 3:39 p.m. on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at Heritage Health in Pana, IL. Don was born on January 5, 1952, in Bakersfield, CA, the son of Alonzo and Naomi (Haney) Wallis. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and riding ATV's. Surviving are h…