• LaVera allegations shed light on school policy, online safety

    Three months after news broke that a California man allegedly preyed on local teenagers after visiting two Newton schools, the school board is making ...
    Aug. 29, 2014 - 11:22 am
  • Breaking Bad: An unusual suspect

    The AMC television series “Breaking Bad” was the big winner at the Emmy Awards Monday night, taking outstanding writing, picture editing, supporting a ...
    Aug. 29, 2014 - 11:20 am
  • From Elvis to enlightenment

    Anyone who thinks Iowa is void of entertainment should take a ride in my car. Last week I traveled from Jasper County’s southern border to its most no ...
    Aug. 28, 2014 - 11:15 am
  • Shipping K-12

    My co-worker scurried toward her desk, eyes red and puffy. I walked over and asked her what was wrong.
    Aug. 28, 2014 - 11:15 am
  • Why I write a column

    I enjoy writing columns. In a way, its a reporter’s chance to “break the fourth wall,” express an enormous amount of creativity and give people better ...
    Aug. 27, 2014 - 11:20 am
  • No appetite for fixing school lunch

    You can lead a kid to vegetables, but you can’t make her eat. Especially if the food doesn’t taste good.
    Aug. 27, 2014 - 11:15 am
  • Music City Memories

    After a long and frustrating week of dealing with my unwanted guest, the fleas, I took off with a group of my best friends for a bachelorette party in ...
    Aug. 26, 2014 - 11:00 am
  • The 5 best times to get turned down for a raise

    You’re going to call me Mr. Negative, I’m positive, but I must admit that I was dubious when I came across an article by Liz Ryan titled “The Five Bes ...
    Aug. 26, 2014 - 10:56 am
  • Dog days of summer

    This time of year the piercing sound of the cicadas in our ears acts as nature’s not-so-subtle reminder that the season will soon change. It’s a sound ...
    Aug. 25, 2014 - 11:38 am
  • Jack Hall after the war

    Editor’s Note: This is the second part of a two-part series.Arriving back in the states after the wa ...
    Aug. 26, 2014 - 8:35 pm
  • An Internet sensation

    There have been three big new items getting lots of media play this week: the Ferguson protests, a beheaded journalist and an ice bucket challenge.
    Aug. 22, 2014 - 11:29 am
  • The great friend migration

    My friends have abandoned me.I’m trying not to take it personally. But it’s getting difficult.With b ...
    Aug. 22, 2014 - 11:27 am
  • Goodbye state fair, hello Christmas?

    To say my girlfriend is a fan of Christmas would be a slight understatement. Following last year’s holiday season, our Christmas tree stood decorated ...
    Aug. 21, 2014 - 2:40 pm
  • We all scream for ice cream

    After a few unsuccessful attempts in the last week, I finally got a really good look at the ice cream truck man the other day. Maybe I am being extra ...
    Aug. 21, 2014 - 11:08 am
  • The bigger issue behind the Michael Brown situation

    Nothing creates unity quite like tragedy, and make no mistake about it —  the execution of Michael Brown is a tragedy.
    Aug. 20, 2014 - 11:40 am
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