Our early pioneers were busy folks building cabins, clearing prairie and timber for crops, raising families and livestock, providing all medical support and a church life all while understanding the value of education and stepping up to that responsibility as well.

Last Saturday, ISU held a “Return to Horton” basketball game against SIU-Edwardsville, the first game played at the old barn since the Redbirds moved across the street to Redbird Arena in 1988.

Jason Kirby’s West Central Heat outlasted Amboy-LaMoille-Ohio in a 44-36 shootout for the Illinois 8-Man Football Association state championship at Monmouth College. He couldn’t help but feel a sense of relief by catching that elusive championship.

My recent stories have featured pre-civil war, Bureau County families, Methodist Church circuit riders and abolitionists. Some individuals become notable by their obituaries, and I wanted to learn more about this one.