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Eicher family celebrates a winter birthday with chocolate fudge cake with two candles

Diary of Jan. 15, 2020 3 a.m. Alarm rings. Time to start a new day. My husband Joe and son Benjamin, 20, get ready for work. They refuel both coal stoves for the day while I pack their lunches and … more

Great start to year with new granddaughter

This is the final day of 2019. A new year lies before us. What does it hold in store for you and me? Only God knows the answer. May he be our guide as we enter the new year in 2020. He has bestowed … more

Legislature needs to ask more questions this year

Socrates (469-399 B.C.), the founding father of Western philosophy, believed only through the process of continual questioning could a person discover truth. According to Socrates, questions are the … more

Flood insurance reform needed now

With a year of unprecedented flooding in Iowa nearly behind us and our nation witnessing the horrific devastation of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas and southern states, it’s clearer now, more … more

Gifts, games, and food highlight gathering

Christmas Day is tomorrow. Son Joseph just left for work and the rest of the family is still sleeping. Our family Christmas is over for this year. We will still get together with my sisters for a … more

Family life rooted in unconditional love

One of God’s greatest gifts to us is the gift of family, and family life is rooted in the unconditional love of God. Nowhere is this witnessed any greater than in the Holy Family of Mary, … more

Looking Back

115 Years Ago • Jan. 6, 1905 Kalona Jack Mehaffey and family drove over from Lone Tree Sunday for a few days visit here. Isaac Bradford and Mary Topping of Wellman were guests of Mrs. … more

Much was accomplished in 2019; more to be done

As we wrap-up 2019, I wanted to take a moment to look back on some of the highlights of the past year. First and foremost, I completed my fifth 99-county tour, my annual tradition where I visit … more

The 2019 Salvos Salute winners

2019 has come to a close, and it is time for honoring a few select Johnson County residents with that most treasured of honors, the Salvos Salute. • Jim Throgmorton: I want my mayor to be … more

Meteors display the majesty of the heavens

October is when the annual Orionid meteor showers take place as Earth passes through the streams of debris left by Halley’s comet, which last passed by in 1986. The meteors or … more

Delicious food and family time mark birthday and Christmas celebrations

After today my husband Joe and son Benjamin will be off from the factory for a two-week holiday break. Son Kevin has a half day of school tomorrow and then he will also be home for two weeks. Son … more

Mid-Prairie prepares to continue growing

The Mid-Prairie Community School District continues to experience slow and steady enrollment growth. Our strong focus on preparing today’s students for tomorrow’s world in a caring … more

One percent sales tax helps finance schools

The Iowa Legislature approved the addition of a local option sales tax that could be used for the county or for schools early in the 1990s. At that time, it needed approval from a majority of … more

Sweet afternoon spent baking, decorating Christmas cookies with my grandchildren

Everything is quiet right now at the Eicher house. Everyone has gone to bed except a few of the girls and me. There was too much action earlier today to think of writing. Daughters Elizabeth, … more

Traditions should not overshadow the true meaning of the season, birth of the savior

For some reason when I get around to untangling and hanging my lights it always seems to fall on a day that is bitterly cold and the weather outside is frightful. Well, this year, I broke with … more

Unified Development law deserves support

Johnson County has been working on a new Comprehensive Plan for some time. In May 2018, after 18 months, 31 public meetings lasting more than 100 hours and hundreds of public comments, Johnson County … more

Joseph’s humility and trust in God led to great and wonderful things

Consider that God – the creator of the whole universe –  was almost snuffed out in the womb before he was even born. It woulwd have happened too, except for the humble and … more

University funding needs more transparency

It’s hard to believe that Gov. Reynolds and Legislative Republicans think it makes sense to borrow more than $1 billion dollars to pay for ongoing programs at the University of Iowa over the … more

Proclamation: Hunger Free Holidays Month

Whereas, Iowa is a world leader in producing and supplying quality, nutritious food, and... Whereas, hunger and poverty are issues of serious concern in the state of Iowa, and... Whereas, one … more

My thoughts on the minimum wage issue

There are more people than ever talking about income inequality. And that is great. To really address this issue, it will take a combination of laws and initiatives. There is no one single … more
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