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Country Roads… What do you want to be when you grow up?

Jun 30, 2016 10:00am

If you want to strike up a conversation with a kindergartener just ask, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Most 5 and 6-year-olds will slip their imaginations into high gear and lead you...

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I Was Just Thinking… The road to becoming ‘Bell Ringer’ Bill

Apr 21, 2016 3:56pm

For many people, tracing roots is more than just a quest for information about ancestors – it’s an obsession.

While I’m not caught up in a frenzy about my past, I certainly find it...

Health and Wellness… Burning Trash

Apr 21, 2016 3:56pm

Many Iowans burn household trash and yard waste, believing that burning is an American freedom. The tricky part about my freedom is that it only goes as far as it infringes on your freedom. So...

Sheriff’s Corner… National Telecommunicators Week 2016

Apr 21, 2016 3:56pm

National Telecommunicators Week brought celebration, honor, and publicity focused on the otherwise unsung heroes on the other end of the line. It’s a great opportunity to reflect on the important...

Country Roads… There’s a welcome here… or not!

Apr 14, 2016 10:00am

When I was kid Sunday school always started with what were called opening exercises. Part of the opening tradition was to sing a welcome song to any youngster visiting our Sunday school that day....

Before Thompson, before Darling and Murrell, there was Wier

Apr 14, 2016 10:00am

Kids growing up in the 1950s, like kids today, had their daydreams. They dreamt of one day exceeding the limits in whatever their chosen activity.

Sure, there were some who wanted to be...

Health and Wellness… Talk Early, Talk Often

Apr 14, 2016 10:00am

During adolescence, it’s typical to try new things and take risks. Concerning alcohol and other drugs, parents and mentors are challenged with a choice: do you sit back and hope your kids will “...

I Was Just Thinking… He jumped higher than an NBA player going in for a slam dunk

Updated: Apr 07, 2016 4:07pm

We hear a lot these days about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, commonly simply called “PTSD.”

It’s a reality of war and, unfortunately, many of our servicemen return from battle in Iraq and/...

Public Health Week

Updated: Apr 07, 2016 4:07pm

Dallas County Public Health Week 2014 runs April 7th through April 13th. This year the focus is on encouraging families and communities to be physically active, as well as eating healthy foods...

Letter to the Editor: Preschool Funding

Apr 07, 2016 3:58pm

If the state legislature was really concerned about students reading at a proficient level by third grade, they would spend tax dollars on preschool education to give students a head start. It...

Country Roads… Eb Griper and the Victoria’s Secret ad

Updated: Apr 07, 2016 4:07pm

It had been some time since I last visited with my old buddy, Eb Griper, so I stopped by his favorite coffee shop a few mornings ago. Sure enough, Eb’s rusty old Studebaker pickup was in the...

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