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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

So much gratitude for Thanksgiving gatherings

We are already in the last month of 2019! December came upon us so fast. Christmas is two weeks from today. The year is almost over. As we prepare for the holidays let us remember that Jesus is the … more

A foggy morning and Thanksgiving pumpkin roll

The sun is trying to peep through the fog. It is very foggy this morning and visibility isn’t very good. The fog light on top of the bus was bright, though, when Kevin left for school. I always … more

Small towns need congressional help

Members of Congress representing Middle America have been talking about the challenges facing the Midwest for years, but our warnings have largely fallen on deaf ears. Why? Because too often, … more

Ongoing issues as budget talks begin

Johnson County is beginning the budgeting process for Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21), which will begin July 1, 2020. Here are some ongoing budget issues, and my take on them: General Fund versus Rural … more

Chocolate chip cookies warm up wintery day

Lovina shares her day with a diary entry from Nov.  20, 2019 3 a.m. Alarm rings! I pack my husband Joe and son Benjamin’s lunches for work. Joe goes to the basement to add coal to the … more

Winter weather and chocolate pecan caramels

The leaves are not all off our trees yet. We didn’t get around to raking up the ones on the ground, either. “Old Man Winter” arrived before we were prepared. In the last few days it … more
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