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  • 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 ...
    July 25, 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
  • Trashed!

    I was driving down a country road the other day, and I couldn’t believe my eyes. In the distance, I watched the driver of the vehicle throw something ...
    July 18, 2014 - 1:11 pm
  • Walking the road not chosen

    Editor's note: This is another installment in a series by former staff writer Barb Kromphardt.After ...
    July 21, 2014 - 7:59 am
  • Chasing the imperfect

    There has been some buzz growing over singer Colbie Caillat’s new music video “Try.” For those who haven’t seen it, she and a few other women start of ...
    July 16, 2014 - 1:33 pm
  • Suarez has an out-of-golf experience

    Sophia Suarez really can’t describe her experience golfing in the John Deere Golf Classic Pro-Am last week. Cal it an out-of-golf experience. She’s ne ...
    July 16, 2014 - 2:30 pm
  • Lund lends helping hand

    Several years ago, I received a call from a man that wanted to join our group going to Canada. Little did I know that would be a great help to our Spo ...
    July 16, 2014 - 1:12 pm
  • Food court 7-17

    Here are a few more recipes for serving one or two people. These recipes are great for living alone or who don’t want any leftovers.
    July 16, 2014 - 11:00 am
  • In this case ...

    The Supreme Court of the United States handed down a decision June 30 that will have repercussions for a long time to come. It’s a case that was guara ...
    July 14, 2014 - 3:56 pm
  • From the editor’s desk

    It looks like most of the corn that was downed during the storm a few weeks ago has recovered well. I guess Mother Natures takes and gives ... Glad to ...
    July 14, 2014 - 3:56 pm
  • Sounds a little corny

    I was driving down Main Street the other day, and I did a double-take. The sweet corn person had set up shop again, and there were quite a few people ...
    July 15, 2014 - 1:28 pm
  • Where has my game gone?

    As I thought about what I would write about during the summer, I sat myself down and told myself I would not write any columns about golfing. By now, ...
    July 11, 2014 - 12:38 pm
  • A healthy respect for Mother Nature

    Alex Trebek, host of the Jeopardy television game show, once said “If you can’t be in awe of Mother Nature, there’s something wrong with you.”
    July 9, 2014 - 3:29 pm
  • This, that ... and the odder

    My Grandpa John has a phrase he uses every time something bad happens to him; “Black Cloud Bystry.” I always thought he was just trying to be pathetic ...
    July 9, 2014 - 3:29 pm
  • Food court 7-10

    I’ve found some “dump” recipes that sound pretty good, plus they are simple to make. Just dump and do a little stir and bake. Sounds pretty easy.
    July 9, 2014 - 11:00 am
  • Guest Commentary

    Editor’s note: The following exceeds the Bureau County Republican’s Letter to the Editor word requirement, therefore, the BCR will extend the same opp ...
    July 7, 2014 - 3:50 pm
  • Happy Birthday!

    I remember a place in time when the Fourth of July really meant something to everyone around me — more than just a day off of work, and more than just ...
    July 4, 2014 - 10:39 am
  • PFC to honor teammate by playing short-handed

    Kurt Garvin lived for soccer.He played for his dad’s soccer team at Princeton High School.He was an ...
    July 2, 2014 - 3:19 pm
  • Walking the road not chosen

    Editor's note: This is the second installment in an ongoing column by Barb Kromphardt.On Monday morn ...
    July 8, 2014 - 11:27 am
  • Friends rally for ‘Ashton’s Hike’

    There’s a young Princeton boy who, this spring, became very ill and had to be placed within the pediatric critical care unit in Peoria.
    July 2, 2014 - 12:21 pm
  • Food court 7-3

    For the Fourth of July, fill up your grill with hot dogs, hamburgers and brats. Be sure to cook the brats in beer before putting on the grill. Bring t ...
    July 2, 2014 - 11:00 am
  • ‘Ricochet: Riding a Wave of Hope with the Dog Who Inspires Millions’

    You were overjoyed when your dog learned to “SIT!”“Down” came eventually, then “roll over” and “stay ...
    July 2, 2014 - 11:00 am
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