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  • The joys of parenting

    I’ve been a parent now for five months, and I’ve got to be cheesy and say parenting is one of the hardest, yet most rewarding jobs I’ve ever taken on.
    Sept. 14, 2016 - 3:50 pm
  • What are they teaching our children?

    To the Editor,Which came first ... the chicken or the egg? Ah, the great question of the intellectua ...
    Sept. 12, 2016 - 3:53 pm
  • From the editor’s desk

    Whew! Another Homestead Festival has come and gone. I hope you had a great time and were able to make a host of memories. I saw lots of people from th ...
    Sept. 12, 2016 - 3:50 pm
  • Welcome to Homestead

    It’s always my pleasure to welcome everyone to the annual Homestead Festival — a fun-filled event that draws so many to the area to celebrate that com ...
    Sept. 9, 2016 - 4:44 pm
  • Bzzzzzzzzzzzz ...

    “Keep your friends close but your enemies closer,” are the timeless words that Michael Corleone uttered in the 1974 Academy Award Best Picture winner, ...
    Sept. 9, 2016 - 4:45 pm
  • The art of bill paying

    There are a lot of things in this world I love to do. Likewise, there are just as many things in my life that don't thrill me all that much. And then ...
    Sept. 12, 2016 - 11:12 am
  • Hire judges on what — not who — they know

    Labor Day weekend was a good time to reflect on, and be thankful for, the hard, physical work done by those responsible for all the goods and services ...
    Sept. 19, 2016 - 12:50 pm
  • STDs and God’s will

    In response to “Is speaking the truth unloving?” on Aug. 10, an article about STD prevention, premarital sex and God’s will. The author infers that pr ...
    Sept. 7, 2016 - 6:26 pm
  • ‘The Law and Jake Wade’

    “The Law and Jake Wade,” starring Robert Taylor and Richard Widmark, will be showing at the Apollo Theater at 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9; the doors will o ...
    Sept. 5, 2016 - 4:40 pm
  • From the editor’s desk

    I hope you had a great Labor Day weekend. The weather was just about perfect, so I hope you had the opportunity to kick back, relax and make some memo ...
    Sept. 5, 2016 - 4:40 pm
  • Bad habits

    The dog and I got into an argument this morning. I know that I’ve said I would try to not write about my dog so much; but I took a long, hard look at ...
    Sept. 2, 2016 - 4:20 pm
  • Considerations by Nedda

    Some young mothers were talking about their favorite fall colors, and one who had five children replied, “The yellow school bus."
    Sept. 12, 2016 - 11:21 am
  • The bell has rung

    In this job, I get to visit a lot of schools. I like that. The sights, sounds and smells of our institutions of education in this area tend to take me ...
    Sept. 5, 2016 - 10:23 am
  • What We Think: Victory came 1 vote short; don’t give up on redistricting

    One vote is all that stood in the way of the Independent Map Amendment being approved by the Illinois Supreme Court for placement on the Nov. 8 ballot ...
    Aug. 31, 2016 - 4:15 pm
  • ‘Make America Christian Again’

    Rather than “Make America Great Again” Donald Trump’s message should have been “Make America Christian Again.”
    Aug. 31, 2016 - 3:42 pm