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  • Walking the road not chosen

    Editor's note: The following is another column in the ongoing series by former BCR Staff Writer Barb Kromphardt and her battle with breast cancer.
    Aug. 19, 2014 - 3:32 pm
  • From the editor’s desk

    It’s fair time! I don’t know about you, but the anticipation and excitement of the Bureau County Fair still runs deep in my veins. OK, this old body d ...
    Aug. 18, 2014 - 3:11 pm
  • A bully by any other name ...

    While browsing through the news section of Google I found myself getting lost in the comments sections of each article. Most of the people I found see ...
    Aug. 18, 2014 - 3:11 pm
  • Summer has been a pleasant one

    Summer is almost over; school will soon be starting; and hunting seasons are almost upon us. This summer has been pleasant. We did not experience a sc ...
    Aug. 15, 2014 - 2:41 pm
  • Facebook, not Factbook

    As a rule, the human race loves bad news. Yes, it’s really cute and lovely when a dog rescues a cat from drowning, but you will never see that lead th ...
    Aug. 15, 2014 - 1:15 pm
  • A whirlwind tour

    The Hieronymus vacation bus has pulled back into town after whirlwind tour of the East Coast.Along t ...
    Aug. 13, 2014 - 4:04 pm
  • Mapping out our vacation

    I’m back! Back from vacation that is. Yes, for the first time in too many years, my husband and I packed up more clothes than we could possibly wear i ...
    Aug. 13, 2014 - 1:23 pm
  • Walking the road not chosen

    Editor's note: The following is another column in the ongoing series by former BCR Staff Writer Barb Kromphardt and her battle with breast cancer.
    Aug. 18, 2014 - 8:36 am
  • Food Court 8-14

    If you don’t make it out to the fair for those special treats, here are some recipes where you can make your own.
    Aug. 13, 2014 - 11:00 am
  • Considerations by Nedda

    We all have a long list of reasons to be grateful. In fact, it is suggested we occasionally remind ourselves of those reasons. Good mental health and ...
    Aug. 11, 2014 - 2:41 pm
  • Summer daze

    It is these early days in August when I can’t help but look backward down that old dusty road from yesteryear. When I think back, those first few days ...
    Aug. 8, 2014 - 1:34 pm
  • Want a cookie?

    I’m going to take a little time off next week. And, as usually happens right before a scheduled vacation, my mind drifts back to thoughts of just one ...
    Aug. 8, 2014 - 1:34 pm
  • Our own personal casting call

    Want something impressive? Watch Batman.Want something even more impressive? Going from 121 pounds o ...
    Aug. 13, 2014 - 9:41 am
  • Catching up on a good read

    In a short time I will be on vacation, lying on a beach, slathered from head to toe in sunscreen with a hat, surrounded by my family and enjoying a go ...
    Aug. 6, 2014 - 1:26 pm
  • Food court 8-7

    A wonderful time of the year to try recipes using fresh veggies from your gardens. We have so many different vegetables to choose from in this area.
    Aug. 6, 2014 - 11:00 am
  • Walking the road not chosen

    Editor's note: This is an ongoing column from Barb Kromphardt regarding her journey with breast cancer.
    Aug. 5, 2014 - 4:18 pm
  • Headlines from the past

    Hold on to your hats and buckle up, my friends. Here we go for another ride in our time travel machine to the past with another edition of “Headlines ...
    Aug. 4, 2014 - 3:47 pm
  • Comfort food

    If you know me, you also know I like to cook, bake, try new recipes and tweak the old ones. Most of you also probably know my mom, Judy, is the Bureau ...
    Aug. 1, 2014 - 12:51 pm
  • Walking the road not chosen

    Editor's note: This is an ongoing column from Barb Kromphardt regarding her journey with breast cancer.
    Aug. 4, 2014 - 8:26 am
  • Bragging on your hometown

    A few weeks back, our daughter was facing a challenge while on the El Camino de Santiago, a 500-mile walk across Spain. Her feet hurt, and she had bli ...
    July 30, 2014 - 1:48 pm
  • Several hunters safety courses planned in area

    In my last article, I informed you I would get the available Hunters’ Safety Courses that are coming up. Since squirrel and dove season are almost upo ...
    July 30, 2014 - 1:38 pm
  • Food court 7-31

    What a more wonderful way to cool off than to whip up a smoothie with some of your favorite ingredients. I hope you enjoy these summertime treats.
    July 30, 2014 - 11:00 am
  • From the editor's desk

    Wow! We’ve sure had some lovely weather. I could deal with these temperatures for the rest of the summer! Warm days with a breeze — cool nights! Aaa ...
    July 28, 2014 - 4:43 pm
  • Readin', writin' and CPR...

    On June 5 this year, Gov. Pat Quinn sent a law through that might have gone under the radar for most of us. I caught it, but it got shuffled to the ba ...
    July 28, 2014 - 4:21 pm
  • Boat races get started with some excitement

    DEPUE — It didn’t take long for some excitement at the start of the PRO National Boat Races at Lake DePue Friday.
    July 25, 2014 - 3:33 pm
  • It’s still a big deal

    Growing up as a farm kid, our activities outside the confines of our farm north of Princeton were limited. Oh sure, we were taken into Princeton to oc ...
    July 25, 2014 - 12:15 pm
  • A couple of goats

    I'm giving somewhat serious thought to the possibility of reading a book. OK, in reality, probably only semi-serious thought. Actually more of a passi ...
    Aug. 5, 2014 - 12:15 pm
  • My first zip experience

    My job as a reporter takes me on some pretty fun and extreme adventures. There is really never a dull day in this career.
    July 23, 2014 - 12:24 pm
  • Food court 7-24

    Bisquick is so easy to cook with, not a lot of preparation and makes for quick meals. Italian Meatba ...
    July 23, 2014 - 11:00 am
  • Walking the road not chosen

    Editor's note: This is another installment in a series by former staff writer Barb Kromphardt.After ...
    July 22, 2014 - 3:00 pm
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