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  • Thoughts for the season

    I’m not sure when the first Christmas carol hit my ears this year, but I remember sighing and thinking ... “Here we go.” Those early Christmas carols ...
    Dec. 2, 2016 - 1:50 pm
  • Shop, shop, shopping

    ‘Tis the season. Santa is ho, hoing, the kids are behavin’ (or at least trying), and the shopping is beginning or has been done.
    Dec. 2, 2016 - 1:50 pm
  • A season of nostalgia

    I initially tried to write about the holiday season and how Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s represent the past, present and future (but not in ...
    Nov. 30, 2016 - 3:50 pm
  • The presents of mind

    By now, Thanksgiving 2016 is just a memory. I hope your day was filled with a full belly, but more important than that, I hope you made many moments t ...
    Nov. 30, 2016 - 8:51 am
  • From the editor’s desk

    By now, the Thanksgiving leftovers are a thing of the past, and even if there are still some telltale signs of them in your refrigerator, it’s doubtfu ...
    Nov. 28, 2016 - 2:36 pm
  • Changing world

    It comes as no surprise to anyone the digital age is upon us. It creates challenges and opportunities. Every business has been impacted by the digital ...
    Nov. 28, 2016 - 2:50 pm
  • The reluctant shopper

    Maybe it’s my age or because I’ve grown a bit (understatement) cynical through the years. Perhaps it’s because this old body and my increasingly short ...
    Nov. 25, 2016 - 2:43 pm
  • Roses and thorns

    Alphonse Karr, a French dude that lived during the 1800s, once stated, “Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have ros ...
    Nov. 25, 2016 - 2:55 pm
  • Would I be proud of me?

    Once upon a time I was a kid who loved reading, writing, school, and my family and friends. At times, around those I didn’t know, I was painfully shy. ...
    Nov. 28, 2016 - 1:42 pm
  • A reality check

    A couple weeks ago I was having a terrible morning.It was not even 8 a.m., and things were just not ...
    Nov. 23, 2016 - 1:59 pm
  • Considerations by Nedda

    I am glad November is here. All the past events seemed so important, and of course they are, but now we can focus on Thanksgiving. You know how I feel ...
    Nov. 22, 2016 - 4:15 pm
  • From the editor’s desk

    It will be a busy week. With Thanksgiving just a few days away, I trust your turkey is thawing in the refrigerator (ask me sometime about the year I f ...
    Nov. 21, 2016 - 4:03 pm
  • Shop small on Saturday

    The National Federation of Independent Business is America’s leading small business advocate. We are proud to represent 350,000 small, independent bus ...
    Nov. 22, 2016 - 11:03 am
  • It's all about the timing

    The Thanksgiving celebrations in my 50-plus years have been a conglomeration of varied circumstances — from intimate family gatherings with just a few ...
    Nov. 21, 2016 - 1:14 pm
  • A holiday crisis ... again?

    America’s next crisis most likely started around the Halloween holiday. Many Americans buy more candy than they give away to the children trick or tre ...
    Nov. 18, 2016 - 1:27 pm
  • Sometimes it’s not just a game

    There’s already been much written about the Chicago Cubs winning their first World Series in 108 years, but I don’t want to write so much about the te ...
    Nov. 15, 2016 - 4:55 pm
  • Headlines from the past

    It’s that time again, ladies and gentlemen. Let’s take a ride to days of year’s gone by. It’s time again for Headlines from the past.
    Nov. 14, 2016 - 3:27 pm
  • From the editor’s desk

    With the 2016 general election behind us, I don’t mind telling you I’m glad it’s finally finished. Watching how the pre-election shenanigans split our ...
    Nov. 14, 2016 - 3:27 pm
  • Watching Lions’ pride in action

    Thursday, I attended the Veterans Day celebration at Logan Junior High School (LJHS) in Princeton. The visit was to take photos for you, the readers, ...
    Nov. 11, 2016 - 4:22 pm
  • 11

    I have spent quite a bit of time this past week trying, in vain, to determine my wife’s sanity. To the casual outsider, this might not seem much diffe ...
    Nov. 11, 2016 - 4:20 pm
  • Thanks for the pictures

    In the past few weeks I gave myself a project; sometimes, you know, you have to talk to yourself and make a plan. My project was to figure out what to ...
    Nov. 9, 2016 - 3:22 pm
  • Gathering and growing ... Starved Rock Country Community Foundation at work

    A hearty thanks to you, the readers, for your interest and support for the Starved Rock Country Community Foundation (SRCCF). The response has been ex ...
    Nov. 8, 2016 - 4:48 pm
  • From the editor’s desk

    The dreaded time change is behind us now, and I ... for one ... am already completely mixed up with bedtimes, getting up on time, and attempting to fi ...
    Nov. 7, 2016 - 2:40 pm