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A Man's Divorce: The Dog

By Buddy Gatewood · October 16th, 2019
(Buddy Gatewood is a guest columnist that will be sharing his experience as he maneuvers through the struggles of divorce.)I put up with the dog for many years. The Golden Retriever joined our family as a puppy around 1999, and during most of those years, I just did not like him. He got in the way a lot and was not very smart.

If you get too full of yourself, go to a military funeral

By Valerie Close, Editor · October 14th, 2019
In the last couple of years I've been privileged to spend a lot of time around hundreds of military people. You wouldn't think that in the midst of Iowa cornfields, and honestly it all started when I had a glimpse of a dear aunt that rose through the ranks of the Air Force to Lt. Colonel. As she became sick, it was apparent that a trip, or several to San Antonio from Iowa, would give me the chance to be saturated in military friendships.

A Man's Divorce: My Sanctuary

By Buddy Gatewood · October 9th, 2019
(Over the next several weeks, guest columnist Buddy Gatewood will share the struggles he faced as his 30-year marriage fell apart. The articles will describe how his faith was renewed, providing strength to make it through each day during the three years of separation, culminating in divorce.)Over the last few years, my backyard has become my sanctuary.

IN THE PRESENCE OF SUPERHEROES

By Jeff Holmes · October 7th, 2019
I loved superhero comic books when I was kid. I collected lots of them over about 10 or 15 years and my favorites were the Marvel Comics heroes. Unlike DC comics that had people who were pure, virtuous and perfect, the Marvel heroes were fallible, conflicted and — even the mutants — very human. This past Friday, we all went through a loss with the death of Vinton-Shellsburg junior Mike Betterton.

Dear Teenagers

By Valerie Close, Editor · October 4th, 2019
This is an article I had hoped that I'd never have to write. And hesitate to even do it. Our town experienced a loss that we wish we'd never have had.As a mom of 6 that has gone through the teenage years so many times, it's not easy to watch. It was not easy when I was a teenager either.There were many sleepless nights that as a mom that were filled with worry and prayers.

It's not business, it's personal

By Valerie Close, Editor · October 3rd, 2019
The year isn't even over and it will go down in memory as one of the worst for a lot of reasons. So when I got an email from someone that needed me to stop in on business, they added, 'It's nothing bad' I laughed thinking, even if it were, it can't be that bad.I squeezed the stop in between my chiropractor visit which was necessary so that I could walk, (after falling on my back last weekend, thinking it was nothing, and it's really not, I mean hey, I didn't break anything, didn't smack my head, the equipment that I was carrying is safe so othe...

Really, You Life Won't Flash Before Your Eyes...

By Valerie Close, Editor · September 30th, 2019
I need a "mental floss" break, where I can ramble on about anything...Today I pondered how your mind works so fast when you are airborne.Which by my calculation was probably about 1 second since I'm not very aerodynamically designed.I decided it would be a good day to get a couple of things out of the basement and get rid of them.

The Grocery Grab Bag

By Valerie Close, Editor · September 28th, 2019
Oh alright, I admit it. I sometimes shop at Wal-Mart after 10:00 p.m. when I need to take a drive and get a few specialty things that I can't get here in town. I'm also on a eat a bit healthier kick. So, on my way out the Wal-mart door, I saw Honeycrisp apples and I love Honeycrisp apples. So I grabbed a couple and hit the check out.

September 11

By Valerie Close, Editor · September 11th, 2019
There probably can't be anything said about September 11 that hasn't already been said. The headline doesn't need any more words in it. For those older than 23,24,25 you probably have some memory of the day. It was for me, the day after my son's birthday and I remember thinking that I was glad it wasn't on the same day.

A New Sort of Credit Scam

By Valerie Close, Editor · September 10th, 2019
Have you ever wondered who decides if you qualify for a loan?I mean, seriously, who says, "Yep, this person is a good risk! Give them all the cash in the vault!"In another lifetime I gave up on my credit score knowing that it would never be what it should be. However, I've recently started watching it like a hawk.

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