Pricing and Information

To get in touch with staff at the Hardin County Independent:

Open Monday – Thursday from 8:00 – 4:30 p.m.

We are short staffed (Usually 1-2 people) and may be out reporting or running errands. If no answer, please leave a message and we’ll get back with you as soon as possible. If you stop by, use the mail slot in the door to leave ads or payments. Be sure and put your name on it!

Call: 618-287-2361


Stop in: 25-27 West First Street, Elizabethtown, IL

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When is the Hardin County Independent available?

The Hardin County Independent is a weekly newspaper. Paper Day is on Thursday, however locals can purchase the newspaper in stores on Wednesday afternoons. The e-Edition is also available to customers on Wednesday afternoon with a reminder sent to their email address. The e-Edition is available on any internet browser ( – you do not have to access it by email. Subscribers’ papers are mailed out early Thursday morning.

What are the prices of advertisements and the deadline?

Deadline: Tuesdays at 9 a.m., but we always love to have your news and advertisements sooner.  We print at Murray, KY on Tuesday evenings.

If you know that you cannot meet the deadline, call us and we might be able to arrange to save a spot for your ad/news placement.

Classified Advertisements:

To place an advertisement in the classified section, the first 20 words are $4.00 and each additional word is 10 cents.  These type of ads are line ads with no borders, frames, or graphics.

Classified Display advertisements are $5 per column inch. These ads are placed on the Classified page. For example: A 2 column x 2 inch Classified ad would cost $20. This ad is about the size of a business card.

Regular Display Advertisements:

A regular Display Advertisement is considered an ad placed on any page besides the front page or classified page with a border and/or graphics. Regular display ads are $4.50 per column inch. These ads are offered in color with a small additional cost depending on the size of the ad.

Ad sizing chart with pricing
preference of Black and White OR Color

These are just some of the examples of sizes/prices….. the sky is the limit!

SIZE – width x length   –   B/W price   –  COLOR PRICE

2 Newspaper Columns wide:
3.7974 in. wide x 2 in. tall   $18   $23
3.7974 in. wide x 3 in. tall   $27   $32
3.7974 in. wide x 4 in. tall   $36   $41
3.7974 in. wide x 5 in. tall   $45   $50
3.7974 in. wide x 6 in. tall   $54   $59
3.7974 in. wide x 7 in. tall   $63   $68

3 Newspaper Columns wide:
5.7655 in. wide. x 3 in. tall   $40.50    $45.50
5.7655 in. wide. x 4 in. tall   $54         $59
5.7655 in. wide. x 5 in. tall   $67.50    $77.50
5.7655 in. wide. x 6 in. tall   $81.00    $91.00
5.7655 in. wide. x 7 in. tall   $94.50   $104.50
5.7655 in. wide. x 8 in. tall   $108      $118

4 Newspaper Columns wide:
7.7337 in. wide x 5 in. tall     $90      $100
7.7337 in. wide x 6 in. tall     $108    $118
7.7337 in. wide x 7 in. tall     $126    $136
7.7337 in. wide x 8 in. tall     $144    $159
7.7337 in. wide x 9 in. tall     $162    $177

Legal Advertisements:

Legal Line Advertisements are 50 cents per line/per column.

Legal Display Advertisements are $5 per column inch. They are considered to have a border/frame.


The first 20 words are $4.00 and each additional word is 10 cents. There is no charge to put one picture with an Obituary. Multiple pictures will carry a charge.

Free Death Notices are available. It is very basic information with no story or personal details about the person’s life. The picture is still free.

How much does the Hardin County Independent cost?

You may purchase the Independent in local stores for $1 per copy.

You get 50 issues per year. We take 2 weeks off for vacation per year – once in the summer and once the last week of the year.

For subscribers in Hardin County: $33 per year.

For subscribers elsewhere: $35 per year

e-Edition (viewed on phone, mobile device, or computer): $28

Combo of paper copy and e-Edition (In Hardin County): $40

Combo of paper copy and e-Edition (Outside of Hardin County): $42

Can I buy an Independent from weeks past?

Yes, we carry newspapers back to 2013. They sell for $1 per copy.

To view old newspapers, we have a microfilm machine, but no printer. You can view old newspapers, but would have to bring a camera or smart phone to take a picture with. You can email the picture to yourself and print it off somewhere else.

Also, the Rosiclare Library has a microfilm machine, but no printer. You can take a picture and email it to the library to be printed that day for a small fee. Call the library at 618-285-6213 for more information.

What is the e-Edition and its unique benefits?

The e-Edition is the exact copy of the Hardin County Independent but in digital form available on the internet as a subscription. It is vivid, clear, and has much more color than the actual newspaper.

Even though you receive an email reminder each week, it can be viewed on phones, tablets, mobile devices, and computers ANYWHERE you have an internet connection. To view your e-Edition anywhere, type in on the address bar of your internet browser.

It is available Wednesday afternoons around 4:30 p.m. – yes! the day before Paper Day! A wonderful feature of the e-Edition is that you may view all newspapers back to December of 2012. If you click the Archives button you can even type in a key word, topic, name, or date to bring up specific search results of all the newspapers back to 2012.

What is considered FREE in the newspaper?

News is free! Tell us what is going on. Send in births, deaths, anniversaries, special accomplishments, milestones, club news, church news, etc. Also, clubs or organizations asking for donations of food, clothing, toys, etc. (Soliciting donations of money is considered a paid ad.)

Ads are considered carrying a cost when you are congratulating someone, or sending a birthday or anniversary greeting, advertising anything where money changes hands or a fee is charged.

If you are unsure, it doesn’t hurt to ask. Call us at 618-287-2361.

Who works at the Hardin County Independent?

Jennifer Lane, Publisher/Owner

Heather Rash, Ad Designer

Julie (Hurford) Farley – Mostly retired but does come in on Mondays.

Susie (Hurford) Williams – Volunteers Tuesday mornings.

Amy Vinyard – Pickup of papers from Murray, KY.

The Hardin County Independent has been in the same family for over 60 years! Thanks for supporting us!

The Independent was established in 1871. It will be 150 years old in 2021.




Obituary of Iris Elladee Bell

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Born October 11, 1927
Died April 4, 2018
Mother, Grandmother, Nana, and Christian Friend to all

On Wednesday, April 4th, Iris Elladee Bell left the loving arms of her family, passed through the gates of Heaven and into eternity with our Lord. In her final hours she was surrounded by her children; many of her grandchildren; great-grandchildren; pastors and church friends.
Iris Elladee Donithan was born on October 11, 1927 to Golden (Barnerd) and Cecil Donithan in Phoenix, Arizona. She was raised in Hardin County, Illinois by Birdie and Triston Martin. She married Duard Bell, September 26, 1942. They lived in Illinois and Indiana before moving to Phoenix, Arizona in 1950 where they raised their three children Barbara Janice (Towner), Marty, and Barry.
Iris Elladee and Duard served their Churches in Arizona. They continued their service at Trinity Baptist Church in Vacaville after their move to California in 1997.
She is survived by her children, seven grandchildren, 17 great -grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren. Surviving relatives include her half-sister, Linda Stanley; half-brother, Mitch Jenkins of Illinois; as well as many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Iris and Duard’s family linage names include Barnard, Donithan, Jenkins, Jennings, Rose, and Ledbetter.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Duard Bell in 2002.
A visitation/viewing will be held Thursday, April 19th, 5-8 p.m., at McCune Garden Chapel. A Funeral will be held Friday, April 20th, 10:00 a.m., at Trinity Baptist Church in Vacaville, CA
Fellowship will immediately follow the Funeral at Trinity Family Ministry Center.

Harvey E. Partain

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Harvey E. Partain, 88 of Wyanet, Illinois died on April 7, 2018 at his home in Wyanet, Illinois. Harvey was born on March 16, 1930 to Harve and Lola (Pennell) Partain in Hardin County Illinois. He married Wanda Bayne on October 31, 1954 in Iuka, Mississippi. He also was the owner of the Princeton Arco Station.
Harvey is survived by his wife, Wanda Partain of Wyanet; son, Elwood “Woody” (Carol) Partain of Wyanet; four grandchildren, Drew (Robbyn) Partain of Utica, Lindsey (Nathan) Koning of Tiskilwa, Clarissa (Nick) Barto of Utica, Jeremiah (Abbey) Fairbanks of Normal; and eight great-grandchildren, Landen, Wyatt, Avaya and Rowan Koning, Caleb Barto and Lyla, Anya, Micah Fairbanks; and two sisters, Faye Walker (was his twin sister) of Gatlinburg, TN, and Mosella (James) Patton of Dixon, IL; and one sister-in-law Donna Dutton of Rochester, IL.
He is preceded in death by his parents; and one sister, Lucille Lewis.
The family will have a celebration of life at a later date and time.

Obituary of Cherita “Shorty” Walker Page

4-19-18 DEATH Shorty Walker Page

Cherita “Shorty” Walker Page, 92, entered into eternal rest on January 9, 2018, when an affectionate companion from God called her to heaven. Cherita was born in Elizabethtown, IL, Hardin County, the daughter of Harold and Mary Francis (Gustin) Page.
She was a resident for two years in Massachusetts, and several years in Virginia. She is a third generation quilter and hand quilter. She enjoyed life on the Page Farm and enjoyed swimming in the Ohio River.
Cherita is survived by her four children, Brenda Couture of Massachusetts, Zane Cody Walker of Maryland, William “Billy” Walker of Florida, and Michael Walker and his wife Meredith of Texas; a sister, Jeannie; husband, Doc Linn; six grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
In her memory, the family will gather and receive friends on Friday, April 13, 2018 from 1:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Christian Church of Cave In Rock, IL.

Marion Francis Hall

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Marion Francis Hall, 77, of Elizabethtown, IL died on Friday, April 6, 2018 in Carrier Mills Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Marion was born on December 1, 1940 to Charles L. Hall and Cleta (Burton) Hall. Marion is a veteran of the United States Navy.
He is survived by his wife, Beverly Hall; his children, Charles Hall, Patricia Hall, and Carolyn Rush; sister, Barbara Easley, and her children Cheryl Processor, Kathy Morales, and James Easley; brother, Bud (Pam) Flanigan, and their children, David Flanigan and Kristy Hill. He is survived by nieces, Fanisha Jackson, Kimberly Drury, Roxanna Rogers, Holly Malone, and Jonnett Erlinger; grandchildren, Levi Clemens, Wyatt Hall, Carley Hall, Mason Hall, Alyssa Pickering, and Caden Heberer; and great-granddaughter, Amelia Clemens.
A Memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. at the First Apostolic Church in Rosiclare. Rev. Lowell (Butch) Gowins will officiate the service.

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Guy Irvin Griffith

Guy Irvin Griffith, 87, of Elizabethtown, IL, died on Saturday April 7, 2018 at Hardin County General Hospital. He was a fluorspar miner and farmer in Hardin County his whole life. He was born on April 12, 1930 in Elizabethtown, IL, to Walter Griffith and Eva Lotton Griffith.
He is survived by daughters, Paula (Glenn) Samford, Rita (John) McKinley, Jane Griffith, and Jean Davis; son, Gary Griffith; granddaughters, Eva-Rae (Damon) Hall and Julie (Gary) Roper; grandson, Dax (Michelle) Samford; granddaughter, Rachel (Justin) Kizziah; grandsons, Walter (Traci) Griffith and Calvin Griffith; and 10 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Eva Griffith; and brother, Johnny Griffith.
Hardin County Funeral Services, Cox Funeral Home, is in charge of arrangements. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at Cox Funeral Home from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Empire Cemetery.

Obituary of Earl C. Anderson

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Earl C. Anderson, age 90, of Golconda, IL passed away March, 28, 2018 at the Hardin County General Hospital in Rosiclare, IL. Earl was born February 14, 1928 to the late Virgil E. and Christina (Foe) Anderson in Hardin County, IL.
He married Essie (Patterson) Anderson on June 1, 1960. Earl loved the Lord and attended the Union Social Brethren Church. He was a U.S. ARMY veteran.
Earl enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, gardening and playing cards. He never met a stranger and loved visiting with people whether it was at church, people stopping by or sitting on a bench at Wal-Mart waiting for Essie.
Earl is survived by his wife of nearly 58 years, Essie Anderson of Golconda, IL; one daughter, Della (Robert) Biggs of Hardin County, IL; two sons, Dean (Vanita) Anderson of Bethalto, IL, Victor (Kim) Anderson of Marion, IL; six grandchildren, Brett Anderson, Kahlah Anderson, Jodi Presley, Jennifer Reed, Sydney Anderson, Autumn Anderson; three great grandchildren, Rosalie Presley, Brileigh Presley, Lyla Presley.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Clarence “Doc” Anderson, John Anderson; one sister, Dorothy Wells.
A funeral service was held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 31, 2018 at Aly Funeral Home in Eddyville, IL. The service was conducted by Rev. Bernie Cowgill. Interment followed at New Hope Cemetery in Herod, IL. Visitation for the public was held from noon until time of service on Saturday at the funeral home.
Visit to leave an online condolence or sign the guest book.

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Obituary of Dale Joiner

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Dale Joiner, age 65, of Rosiclare, IL passed away March 28, 2018 at Lourdes Hospital in Paducah, KY. He was born on December 9, 1952 to the late George Riley II and Josephine Mae (Dixon) Joiner in Pontiac, IL. Dale was a construction worker and master electrician. He was an U.S. NAVY veteran.
Dale is survived by his wife, Linda Kay Joiner of Rosiclare, IL; one sister, Ginny Lou (Gary) Saffer; three brothers, John (Debbie) Joiner, George Riley III (Melinda) Joiner, Frankie Joe (Janice) Joiner; brother-in-law, Buck Worthen; and grandchildren, Kyle Thilmony and Drakelin Thilmony.
He was preceded in death by his parents; infant daughter, Cindy Mae Joiner; infant son, Ronald Lee Joiner; son, Jason Thilmony; and sister, Dorthey Ann Worthen.
Per his wishes Dale was cremated. A private family service will be held at a later date.

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Ralph W. Mahoney


Ralph Wayne Mahoney, 55, of Rosiclare, IL died on Sunday, April 1, 2018 in his home. Ralph was born on October 10, 1962 to Danny and Sue Mahoney in Rosiclare, IL. He was a member of the American Legion Post 571. Ralph was a veteran of the United State Navy.
Ralph is survived by his sons, Danny Wayne Mahoney and Christopher Lee (Fiancé, Brittany Oxford) Mahoney; mother, Sue Mahoney; and sister, Rebekah Mahoney.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Tina Mahoney; and father, Danny Lee Mahoney.
Hardin County Funeral Service, Cox Chapel is in charge of arrangements. A service will be held on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at the First Apostolic Church in Rosiclare, IL. Visitation will be held Friday, April 6, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Rev. Lowell (Butch) Gowins will officiate the service. Burial will follow at Fluorine Cemetery in Rosiclare, IL.

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Jack D. Simmons

Jack D. Simmons 92 of Harrisburg passed died at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, March 25, 2018 in the Linda E. White Hospice Center in Evansville, IN. He was born November 12, 1925 in Golconda, IL the son of the late C.T. Cochran and Gladys Simmons. He was married to the former Jane Capel. Jack was a WW II Navy Veteran. He started his teaching career at Rosiclare where he became Superintendant. Jack was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Harrisburg.
Survivors include his wife Jane; a daughter, Jane (David) Rudy of Johnson City, TN; step-sons, Brandon (Deanna) Henshaw and Kenneth (Val) Henshaw, all of Harrisburg; half-sister, Pat (Joe) Baker of Lincoln, IL; and daughter-in-law Pixie Simmons of Carterville, IL; 8 grandchildren, Shawn Dugan and Anna Trodglen of Atlanta, GA, Brandon and Julie Simmons of Mt. Vernon, IL, Hannah and Luke Chapman of Carterville, IL, Lindsey and Neil Atkins, Hannah and Travis Dixon, Capel Henshaw, Connor Henshaw and Derek and Connie Henshaw all of Harrisburg; 12 great-grandchildren, Atalie, Kenley and Alayna Simmons, Laci and Hayden Chapman, Dylan and Ally Henshaw, Lila, Vivian and Mara Atkins and Nova and Nolan Dixon.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son Joe Simmons; and a brother, John Brandt.
Funeral mass was held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Harrisburg with Fr. Abraham Adejoh. Burial was in Sunset Hill Cemetery. Friends called at St. Mary’s Catholic Church from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, 2018. Weirauch Funeral Home in Harrisburg was in charge of arrangements.

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