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  • Richard Widmark: A Princeton legend

    Richard Widmark was disappointed, to say the least, when he returned home to Princeton, Ill., in the first part of July in the summer of 1932. He woul ...
    Feb. 5, 2016 - 12:19 pm
  • Shredded

    It’s an interesting machine, to say the least. Born out of the need to protect oneself from others, I assume. It’s that relatively inexpensive gadget ...
    Feb. 5, 2016 - 12:18 pm
  • The age of the love letter

    I had my first thought about the concept of this column last year, after Johnny Cash’s letter to his wife, June, was named the greatest love letter. H ...
    Feb. 3, 2016 - 3:43 pm
  • Legion needs reinforcements

    The centennial of World War I (1914-18) reminds us of a terrible conflict that otherwise had been fading fast in the national memory.
    Feb. 3, 2016 - 3:42 pm
  • Dant really does own the bowling alley now

    J.T. Dant already bowled like he owned the place.He’s a three-time winner of the Master’s Bowling To ...
    Feb. 3, 2016 - 3:31 pm
  • Henry Decoy Show set for Feb. 14

    Hope you are free on Feb. 14 so you can attend the 48th annual Henry Decoy Show. This is really a great show for those who like to see or collect deco ...
    Feb. 3, 2016 - 3:22 pm
  • ‘My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry’

    “I forgive you.”Are there any three more powerful words? Can “I love you” — also used for counter to ...
    Feb. 3, 2016 - 11:15 am
  • The blink

    It’s been said things happen “in the blink of an eye.” I’ve used the phrase myself — actually quite a few times. My grandmother used to say it too ... ...
    Feb. 2, 2016 - 4:10 pm
  • What makes you bloom?

    This is a story about a little Swedish Ivy. His journey began over a decade ago when my ex in-laws decided to go to the Bahamas for three years on a m ...
    Feb. 1, 2016 - 3:16 pm
  • From the editor’s desk

    My mom and I were looking through a magazine the other day, and we came across a survey conducted by the Bank of America. I’m not sure when the survey ...
    Feb. 1, 2016 - 3:17 pm
  • More power to the Illinois Future Caucus

    Illinois, saddled with massive debt and deficits, unfunded pension obligations, and a budget-less state government, needs all the help it can get.
    Jan. 29, 2016 - 12:48 pm
  • Deep pockets

    With the Iowa caucuses looming this next week, I guess that it’s time I write my occasional political column. As a distant relative of “The Media,” an ...
    Jan. 29, 2016 - 12:48 pm
  • Dobrich back in the game at St. Bede

    Luke Dobrich turned down Mike Kilmartin’s first invite to join the St. Bede Bruins basketball staff this season. But when Killer called again, Dobrich ...
    Jan. 27, 2016 - 3:36 pm
  • Make results worth the wait

    Time is the stuff life is made of, so the saying goes.When government wastes the people’s money, tha ...
    Jan. 27, 2016 - 2:44 pm
  • The angle of the lens

    During an NFL playoff game earlier this month, a running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers fumbled the football late in the game, sending his team reel ...
    Jan. 27, 2016 - 2:44 pm
  • Globetrotters provide more than just laughs

    I’ve never been a fan of professional athletes. I don’t follow sports, and the most exposure I have to that world is when I watch SportsNation Jeers o ...
    Feb. 2, 2016 - 11:52 am
  • Headlines from the past

    Time to strap ourselves into our DeLorean Time Machine and head back in time for another episode of “Headlines From the Past.”
    Jan. 25, 2016 - 2:50 pm
  • Chill

    What do we do on a cold winter night?When the power’s gone out,And there is no light.Eerie creeks, b ...
    Jan. 25, 2016 - 2:51 pm
  • From the editor’s desk

    On Saturday, Bureau County Republican/Putnam County Record Staff Writer/Photographer Dave Cook attended the Special Olympics event at Putnam County Hi ...
    Jan. 25, 2016 - 2:51 pm
  • Picture perfect

    I have a friend who has a ton of framed photographs in her home. I love looking at them. They are filled with smiling faces looking at the camera. The ...
    Jan. 22, 2016 - 4:00 pm
  • When you find a place you never want to leave

    Have you seen the new billboard on Interstate 80 promoting Princeton? It captures the spirit and affection of this town in a way that almost anyone ca ...
    Jan. 22, 2016 - 4:00 pm
  • Rauner earns an 'incomplete'

    When Bruce Rauner was sworn into office as Illinois governor a year ago, he said: "Each person here today and all those throughout the state will be c ...
    Feb. 2, 2016 - 10:52 am
  • An ode to snow

    Well, it’s winter, yes, it’s true.There are often many sides of things, of winter there are two.The ...
    Jan. 25, 2016 - 10:36 am
  • Princeton girls win the night even though they lost the game

    I have seen a lot of things in the course of covering and following sports in 31-plus years as a journalist.
    Jan. 20, 2016 - 3:48 pm
  • From the editor’s desk

    Brrrrrr ... That simple word pretty much sums up the past few days in and around Bureau County. With the wind pushing the feels-like temperature to mi ...
    Jan. 18, 2016 - 3:13 pm
  • Little school in the woods

    In this article I want to talk about the Berlin Center School. This is a one-room school house where my grandpa, Irvin Sommer, went to school.
    Jan. 18, 2016 - 3:12 pm
  • The power of the ball ...

    OK, I’m probably not in the minority here. In the last few weeks, I’ve become a few dollars poorer as I hoped to be many dollars richer. We’ve all wat ...
    Jan. 15, 2016 - 1:16 pm
  • Caviar dreams

    Parting is such sweet sorrow. I’m pretty sure that this is the last column I’ll ever write. You see, as I write this, it’s Wednesday night and in an h ...
    Jan. 15, 2016 - 1:17 pm
  • Henry will not be taking Self-less measures

    I have never seen Steve Self coach nor I do know what goes on behind closed doors at Henry-Senachwine High School basketball practices and in the lock ...
    Jan. 14, 2016 - 11:43 am
  • Thompson takes love for great outdoors to Alaska

    Part of this story starts in 2005 when this young man graduated from PHS. But most of it actually starts a little more than a dozen years earlier when ...
    Jan. 13, 2016 - 2:51 pm
  • Language skills

    In December I always think about my mom. She left us two years ago. Many things happen throughout the year to remind me of her, but nothing reminds me ...
    Jan. 13, 2016 - 2:47 pm
  • Pajama pants

    Let me preface this column by saying I don't always look my best. That's not a surprise to those of you who see me out and about, especially on the we ...
    Jan. 13, 2016 - 11:06 am
  • From the editor’s desk

    Well, the snowfall that was supposed to miss us during the weekend ... didn’t, and more of the white stuff is forecast for today, Tuesday. The roads w ...
    Jan. 11, 2016 - 3:24 pm
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