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  • Richard Widmark: A Princeton legacy

    Andes Thompson Best was probably the closest friend Richard Widmark ever had growing up in Princeton and continued to be into their adult lives. Tom w ...
    March 27, 2015 - 1:04 pm
  • Missed minutes

    Most of us use technology on a daily basis. I’m primarily speaking of cell phones now.The majority o ...
    March 27, 2015 - 12:48 pm
  • Giovanine, Vikings give it their best (Chips) shot

    Grey Giovanine and the Augustana College Vikings made a great run to the NCAA Division III championship game this season before falling Saturday, Marc ...
    March 25, 2015 - 3:41 pm
  • Applause, applause ... BV School Board

    Covering the latest news in the Bureau Valley School District has been a captivating experience for me throughout the last month. I’ve continuously fo ...
    March 25, 2015 - 12:20 pm
  • Food Court 3-26

    How about making up your own salad dressings, instead of buying all the big bottles of store bought dressing that never seem to get used up completely ...
    March 25, 2015 - 11:00 am
  • Over or under?

    The other day on Facebook, I noticed that some friends of mine were having a lively discussion about an incredibly important topic that affects almost ...
    March 24, 2015 - 4:10 pm
  • Over or under?

    The other day on Facebook, I noticed that some friends of mine were having a lively discussion about an incredibly important topic that affects almost ...
    March 20, 2015 - 12:22 pm
  • Second chances

    The winter’s wrath is hopefully behind us. While I’m always anxious for spring, winter never leaves without a trace. Spring officially began Friday, b ...
    March 20, 2015 - 12:22 pm
  • Looking back at area boys basketball regional history

    Ten Bureau County schools have won at least one regional in boys basketball, including all seven present-day schools and three who have closed their d ...
    March 18, 2015 - 3:27 pm
  • MWC kicks off Valley fishing events

    There will be two upcoming walleye tournaments in Spring Valley the next two weekends.The first wil ...
    March 18, 2015 - 3:14 pm
  • A welcoming and a win ...

    “Céad míle fáílte.” The phrase hung on the front door of my childhood home. I never knew what it meant, but I loved to trace the words on the beautifu ...
    March 18, 2015 - 12:28 pm
  • Considerations by Nedda

    I think I froze this winter, and of course, this is not good ... since cold shrinks things, and I can’t afford to lose not a fraction! Thank goodness, ...
    March 18, 2015 - 12:28 pm
  • Food Court 3-19

    Chicken has so many ways to prepare is, so you can come up with a meal that almost anybody will like.
    March 18, 2015 - 11:00 am
  • Make it a habit; help litter melt away

    Springlike temperatures have taken a big bite out of the Illinois Valley’s snow cover, haven’t they?
    March 18, 2015 - 8:36 am
  • A patron saint for openness in government

    If Sunshine Week and the cause of open government need a patron saint, St. Patrick might just fill the bill. Legend has it that he drove the snakes ou ...
    March 16, 2015 - 2:53 pm
  • Richard Widmark: A Princeton legend

    It was a Saturday, Dec. 12, 1925, and the holiday spirit came in spite of the bad weather. Jennie Castner, being an accomplished baker herself, had no ...
    March 13, 2015 - 3:03 pm
  • Dale has experienced 50 years of March Madness

    Alan Dale was a freshmen member of the Manlius Red Devils basketball team when he joined his teammates for his first Illinois high school boys state b ...
    March 11, 2015 - 3:54 pm
  • It’s not always smooth sailing

    For the past year-plus, my dad has been building a sailboat in the basement. It has been a source of awe and amusement for those in my family. Most of ...
    March 11, 2015 - 12:56 pm
  • Headlines from the past

    No introductions are needed for this issue: I present “Headlines from the past.” All information is taken from past issues of the Bureau County Republ ...
    March 11, 2015 - 12:56 pm
  • ‘Birdology’

    Somebody called you a birdbrain last week.At first, it really made you mad. What kind of a thing is ...
    March 11, 2015 - 11:00 am
  • Food Court 3-12

    Top of the morning to all the Irish. It seems we’re all Irish when St. Patrick’s Day comes around. Here are a few recipes that are sure to make you ev ...
    March 11, 2015 - 11:00 am
  • Camping out, big family style

    Last week, my kids were talking about what they'd like to do this summer. I froze mid-step when I heard one of their ideas — camping.
    March 18, 2015 - 8:52 am
  • The crustacean avenger

    I like shrimp. Fried shrimp and a beer. Broiled shrimp dipped in melted butter can rival lobster, if you use a little imagination and a couple of Mai ...
    March 9, 2015 - 2:31 pm
  • I before E, except after C

    For several years now, I’ve had the distinct pleasure of being one of three judges for the Bureau County Spelling Bee. This year was no different. I a ...
    March 6, 2015 - 12:38 pm
  • Noteworthy

    In Hollywood, “The Sound of Music” turns 50 this year. In my household, it turns 10 this July. Allow me to explain.
    March 6, 2015 - 12:39 pm
  • While similar to Bickett, Marquis is his own coach

    Brad Bickett told Jason Marquis he’d make a better coach one day than he was a player. The old Storm coach was right.
    March 4, 2015 - 4:20 pm
  • Pheasants Forever Banquet set

    I know there hasn’t been very many warm days since I tried to get my last article written, plus get a knee operated on, plus encouraging coyote hunter ...
    March 4, 2015 - 4:11 pm
  • 110 years ... and not counting

    On Feb. 2, I had another birthday. I know, I know, that’s Ground Hog’s Day. I have heard a lot about my birthday over the years. I have a brother-in-l ...
    March 4, 2015 - 2:30 pm
  • Food Court 3-5

    How about some good warm casseroles for this bitter cold weather we’ve been having. To me, casseroles are something to fill up the stomach and keep yo ...
    March 4, 2015 - 11:00 am
  • Here we go again!

    Some lawmakers in Springfield are again trying to make government less transparent.State Rep. Joe So ...
    March 3, 2015 - 4:00 pm
  • Richard Widmark: A Princeton legend

    Henri’s Bakery, Princeton, opened the first week in November 1925 with half page ads in the Bureau County Republican touting their baked goods, pastri ...
    Feb. 27, 2015 - 1:21 pm
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