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  • Column: It’s my hap-happiest time of the year

    I enjoy so much about autumn — the crispness of the air, open windows, the sounds of a chainsaw and the smell of sawdust, morning coffee by an outdoor ...
    Sept. 30, 2016 - 11:02 am
  • Great minds don't think alike

    I attended the League of Women Voters candidate forum last Thursday at the Newton City Hall where I was pleasantly surprised by what I gained out of t ...
    Sept. 30, 2016 - 10:59 am
  • Column: Giblets and gizzards! Thanksgiving was hot

    Editor’s Note: The column originally published Dec. 10, 2015 Did you know modern smoke detector’s s ...
    Sept. 29, 2016 - 10:43 am
  • Car crazy to kid business owner

    Chris Hinkle has always been car crazy. In the 20 years I’ve known him, it’s been car after car, most of them muscle cars. He’s what we used to call a ...
    Sept. 29, 2016 - 10:32 am
  • Column: Nothing admirable about ignorance

    When you see or hear something surprising, you’ll initially do one of three things — show no reaction, act surprised or shrug it off. However, it’s wh ...
    Sept. 28, 2016 - 10:57 am
  • Column: Chip off the old block

    Since I was young, I have been writing. I started by writing and illustrating my own books, moved on to publishing a “kids” newspaper when I was 10 an ...
    Sept. 27, 2016 - 1:35 pm
  • Column: Multi media

    Like many people, my news consumption begins as soon as I crack my eyes open in the morning. When I grab my iPhone I almost always have alerts from Th ...
    Sept. 26, 2016 - 11:17 am
  • Column: What’s that you say?

    The other day, hubby and I were talking and the word “fisticuffs” was used during the conversation. My 25-year-old girl-child was stymied.
    Sept. 23, 2016 - 10:42 am
  • Column: Friends on First

    I try and go on a walk every day. On a good day I go on three, and I usually find myself downtown — maybe because that’s where the people are.
    Sept. 23, 2016 - 10:28 am
  • Living off grid

    Before we ate, I helped Zach catch a marauding piglet that had escaped from its pen beside the house. Zach had separated the piglet from its mama and ...
    Sept. 22, 2016 - 10:27 am
  • Column: Let’s not keep the joy for ourselves

    What is more precious than a children’s hand-bell choir ringing and sing “I’ve Got the Joy” on a Sunday morning?
    Sept. 22, 2016 - 10:36 am
  • Column: Toys can be truth-based

    I recently noticed there’s a website for a business that makes and sells little green Army men in yoga poses while wearing common combat gear. At firs ...
    Sept. 21, 2016 - 10:28 am
  • Column: A hairy ordeal

    If I had to count the number of hairstyles I’ve had in my lifetime, I’d likely have to go with one. Perhaps two if you count an unfortunate perm at th ...
    Sept. 19, 2016 - 10:49 am
  • Column: A night at the drive-in

    The sun is setting over the horizon — turning the evening sky all different shades of pinks and oranges. It’s a beautiful sight, but the night has onl ...
    Sept. 16, 2016 - 10:45 am
  • But my quirks are endearing

    I was diagnosed with clinical depression and anxiety disorder many years ago. I wasn’t aware I was struggling as badly as I was with my symptoms. Alth ...
    Sept. 16, 2016 - 10:39 am