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  • From the editor’s desk

    Wow! The tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and more are growing like crazy now in my yard. There’s nothing sweeter than to take a morning cup of coffee to ...
    April 20, 2015 - 3:45 pm
  • How to use video effectively for local marketing

    Video is a powerful marketing tool for small business. Thanks to high speed Internet, YouTube and Facebook, and the rise of mobile prevalence, more vi ...
    April 16, 2015 - 2:56 pm
  • The man, the ring ... and the Army

    I’ve got the man. I’ve got the ring, and I’ve never been happier ... I’m engaged!After nearly 10 hou ...
    April 15, 2015 - 1:14 pm
  • Why strengthening the Freedom of Information Act is so important

    President Barack Obama has routinely promised greater transparency within the federal government. Now, Congress is making strides toward achieving thi ...
    April 15, 2015 - 1:14 pm
  • Funding crisis for Soil and Water Conservation districts

    Nearly $2.8 million of the Soil and Water Conservation District funding for FY 2015 has been “suspended” by Governor’s Office of Management & Budget a ...
    April 15, 2015 - 1:15 pm
  • Underdog Lincoln still revered, 150 years later

    Americans love to root for underdogs.When underdogs prevail, their accomplishments are greatly celeb ...
    April 13, 2015 - 3:36 pm
  • From the editor’s desk

    While Bureau County didn’t experience Mother Nature’s wrath last week in the form of the tornadoes that touched down and the severe storms in other co ...
    April 13, 2015 - 3:35 pm
  • Richard Widmark: A Princeton legend

    “Hell and High Water” was a project put into production by Fox Studio chief Darryl Zanuck as a direct retort to those who claimed his pet project, “Ci ...
    April 10, 2015 - 3:52 pm
  • Running myself ragged

    I've always hated running. It was the worst part of volleyball practices in high school, and I've avoided it like the plague ever since.
    April 8, 2015 - 9:06 am
  • Why do you like Illinois?

    I am writing to you for a class project on the novel "The Watsons Go to Birmingham." My classmates and I are contacting newspapers across the country ...
    April 6, 2015 - 1:05 pm
  • From the editor’s desk

    I hope each and everyone of you had a wonderful Easter holiday. We sure couldn’t complain about the weather. My grandfather used to say if it rained o ...
    April 6, 2015 - 1:05 pm
  • Political games

    We are about to enter a period of idiocy where politicians will comment about something they know very little about – diplomacy.  Not wishing to give ...
    April 6, 2015 - 1:06 pm
  • Caught!

    So many folks, myself included, have a tendency to notice the negative aspects of life in general, and in one category especially, the rudeness of som ...
    April 1, 2015 - 1:00 pm
  • Guest commentary

    The March 20 release of the documentary film, “The Hunting Ground,” is raising controversy and questions about the safety of co-eds and cover-ups on U ...
    April 1, 2015 - 12:59 pm
  • Find a good read for a good cause

    Thank you to all the fans of the Friends of the Library book sales. Through the dedication of Friends’ volunteers, and your support of our sales, the ...
    April 1, 2015 - 1:00 pm
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