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  • For sale ...

    I’ve always thought it would be fun to own and operate a retail store. The same goes for a restaurant. The concept of either one of those entities sou ...
    Sept. 30, 2016 - 4:29 pm
  • Be gentle

    It’s hard to teach brand new, old dogs new tricks that shouldn’t be that hard to learn, except for the fact the dog is old. And new. Allow me to expla ...
    Sept. 30, 2016 - 4:29 pm
  • A teachable moment

    Their reputations spread as fast as the lips of the children they teach can move — the “good” ones are lauded; the “bad” ones are vilified. Before the ...
    Sept. 28, 2016 - 2:41 pm
  • Learn something new every day

    While the phrase "learn something new every day" isn't my creation, it's something I'd say I try to live by. It's certainly not hard to do; you can us ...
    Sept. 27, 2016 - 4:00 pm
  • Torn

    As I write stories for this newspaper and other products we publish, I am very careful to avoid offering opinions on the issues/boards/meetings I cove ...
    Sept. 27, 2016 - 4:00 pm
  • Thinking inside the box (store)

    Last weekend, I ended up having to accompany my wife and daughter while they went shopping. To be more specific, grocery shopping. There may be no gre ...
    Sept. 23, 2016 - 5:07 pm
  • What to do with laptop malfunction

    I have been rather lazy during the summer getting any writing done. My days seemed to get busy with grandchildren, golfing and keeping cool.
    Sept. 21, 2016 - 2:45 pm
  • Fall-ing in love ...

    You knew it was coming ... There just seemed to be something in the air that told you it was slipping away from you; and regardless of how hard you tr ...
    Sept. 20, 2016 - 7:33 pm
  • From the editor’s desk

    What a lovely weekend. While I enjoy the change of seasons in the Midwest, there’s a part of me that could surely get used to this type of weather 24/ ...
    Sept. 19, 2016 - 3:01 pm
  • Pea!!!

    The news can be hard to swallow. Several times this past week, I heard stories discussing a scientific study that disputes the validity of the so-call ...
    Sept. 16, 2016 - 4:52 pm
  • One-way free ticket

    I have a ticket. My destination is clear. It was given to me by a generous donor that everyone should know. He pilots the plane. It is a one way, firs ...
    Sept. 19, 2016 - 3:01 pm
  • 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
  • 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
  • Marriages/divorces

    The following information was recently collected at the Bureau County Courthouse: Marriage licenses ...
    Sept. 6, 2016 - 2:38 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
  • 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