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  • Flags of the freeway

    I’ll first say I’m an honorably discharged veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, and several members of my family are veterans as well. I grew up around m ...
    May 23, 2016 - 2:48 pm
  • Headlines from the past

    It’s that time once again to take you on a trip — a trip of how things were many years ago. Where all is real, as seen through the eyes of the authors ...
    May 20, 2016 - 2:43 pm
  • Wake-up call

    A few weeks ago, I wrote a column about this bird that decided to build a nest on the ledge next to the front pillar of my home. I told you how this f ...
    May 24, 2016 - 11:32 am
  • Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah

    One word. That's all I'm asking for. Just one lousy word. That's usually all it takes for me to get inspired to start writing one of these goofy colum ...
    May 24, 2016 - 11:32 am
  • Flying straight

    Mom told me a story once with tears in her eyes of a man who was hunting with his son. The man sent his son up on over the bluff to scope the surround ...
    May 23, 2016 - 10:24 am
  • From the editor’s desk

    It’s the middle of May already. While it’s a busy time for everyone right now, the middle of May in the newspaper business signifies a host of activit ...
    May 16, 2016 - 3:31 pm
  • Richard Widmark: A Princeton legend

    The Victorian “Fairy Wedding Waltz” contained some of the fastest scale passages found in piano pieces of the day and has an element of flashy display ...
    May 13, 2016 - 3:04 pm
  • Attention: Graduates

    It’s that time of year when our area graduates will be receiving their diplomas — whether junior high, high school or college, these pieces of paper r ...
    May 13, 2016 - 2:55 pm
  • A note from your publisher ...

    Times were different when we built the Bureau County Republican facility on Ace Road in 2004.Then, e ...
    May 13, 2016 - 2:55 pm
  • Considerations by Nedda

    What a stunning spring. So many blooming trees, shrubs and spring flowers. I must be getting older, since I can’t remember last spring as so pretty. N ...
    May 11, 2016 - 1:49 pm
  • Heading for the finish line

    The big event is almost upon me — in just a matter of days, I’ll be toeing the start line at my first half marathon at the Starved Rock Country Marath ...
    May 11, 2016 - 1:50 pm
  • The art of juggling

    Years ago, as I browsed a store loaded with novelty items of many descriptions, a book promising to teach me how to juggle caught my attention. Juggli ...
    May 10, 2016 - 4:10 pm
  • The family we choose

    Near the end of 2015, I watched the quick decline of two family members. They had been at my side since January of 2003.
    May 9, 2016 - 1:37 pm
  • From the editor’s desk

    I hope each and every one of you were able to have a great celebration this past weekend for Mother’s Day. Whether you celebrated your own mom, your g ...
    May 9, 2016 - 1:36 pm
  • Crazy lady

    Crayons sure are pretty. In fact, I struggle to think of anything more vibrant and beautiful than a full box of crayons standing proudly at attention ...
    May 6, 2016 - 1:55 pm
  • To Mom, with love

    I’ve thought about this column for quite some time now. Historically — for the last 20 years — I always focus my Saturday column before Mother’s Day o ...
    May 6, 2016 - 4:10 pm
  • Hastert got what he deserved

    Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert’s multiple teenage victims did not deserve the sexual abuse he inflicted upon them as a Yorkville High School ...
    May 3, 2016 - 4:20 pm
  • From the editor’s desk

    Well, it happened. Seemingly overnight, the leaves on many area trees appeared. I always love waiting for those tender and fragile buds to turn into l ...
    May 2, 2016 - 1:13 pm
  • Leaving well enough alone

    I've been watching a robin build her nest on a ledge on my front porch. As in years gone by, the nest equates to problems ... for us. It actually mean ...
    May 10, 2016 - 11:23 am
  • Richard Widmark: A Princeton legend

    The Hampshire Colony First Congregational Church is the oldest Congregational church in Illinois, founded in 1831. The famous abolitionist Owen Lovejo ...
    April 29, 2016 - 1:13 pm
  • Dreading the empty nest

    I came to the realization earlier this month that I am going to be a terrible empty-nester. When my kids leave for college, I am going to be a mess. I ...
    May 9, 2016 - 10:46 am
  • The outdoor classroom

    I was watching the evening news the other night, and near the end of the broadcast, they had some footage of a Little League baseball game.
    May 16, 2016 - 11:13 am
  • Lilian Steichen on Poets, Princeton and the World — 1908

    Editor’s note: This is the final installment in a three-part series on Carl Sandburg and his wife, Lilian Steichen Sandburg.
    April 27, 2016 - 1:09 pm
  • The only way home

    The experience of writing a series on heroin was brutal. It tossed me backwards, off my feet and into the dirt. The expectations I had heading in were ...
    April 27, 2016 - 1:07 pm
  • From the editor’s desk

    It’s difficult to believe this is the final editor’s column I will write for April. Time keeps marching forward, and I spend much of my day/life tryin ...
    April 25, 2016 - 1:41 pm