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Wear white at night to be seen by drivers

I am a big fan of the programs Backtracks and Blue Avenue on Iowa Public Radio, hosted by Bob Dorr. Mr. Dorr always signs off from a show by telling people to “wear white at night, unless … more

Should excluded workers get ARPA funds?

One of the most frequent topics of conversation is how to handle people who were not eligible for the previous COVID relief money. Many refer to this group as “excluded workers.” I am not … more

Remembering Mama and Daddy’s rules to live by

At various times throughout the years, there will always be certain things that will cause us to think back in time to those whom we have known and want to remember. Sometimes the memories are happy, … more

Where to turn when the holidays get stressful

The holidays are wonderful, but they can also be stressful. Sometimes finances or family or having to organize get togethers can cause more stress and anxiety as the year winds down. Sometimes it can … more

The after-dinner listing of what we’re thankful for

I treasure Thanksgiving. There’s something wonderful about sharing a huge meal around a table with people you love — it’s magical. This year Seth and I are unable to travel to … more

This Thanksgiving may break the bank under Biden

Over-cooking the turkey. Making sure there is enough food for each guest. In-laws overstaying their welcome. These are the typical concerns we think about during the Thanksgiving holiday. But this … more

On deciding how to spend ARPA funds

You have probably heard that Johnson County and all our cities have received generous funding from the federal government through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). In the case of Johnson County, … more

Johnson Co. faces legislative openings

Another legislative shoe dropped this week with State Representative Mary Mascher announcing her retirement after 28 years in the Iowa House. I am getting old, and I have been involved in local … more

Updates from The News’ publisher

On December 2, The News will be publishing our annual Winter sports section featuring basketball and wrestling teams from Mid-Prairie, Hillcrest, Pathway, Highland and Lone Tree.  Not every … more

It’s never too early for Christmas decorations

I love Christmas. I love carols and Christmas songs, I love Christmas decorations, I love Christmas cookies and treats, I love winter weather —I am from Michigan, after all — but above … more

Lovina's Amish Kitchen

4 a.m. Our alarm rings, and it’s time to get up. I was so used to getting up an hour earlier with daylight savings time that I always wake up at 3 a.m. now. Sometimes it’s hard to fall … more

Pleasantview and the Community: Meeting Needs Together

As Director of Advancement at Pleasantview, what is my job? Simply put, my focus is dual: a) I care deeply about Pleasantview as “a welcoming faith-based community that supports healthy … more

Honoring Veterans and Cross Country

Last Saturday the Mid-Prairie girls cross country team won the state title for the 5th consecutive year and Danielle Hostetler  continued her sisters legacy by winning the sisters 6th … more

Now and Then: Stay on the Sidewalk

There is nothing like the challenge of winter coming on to make one long more for the good old days of summer. In an earlier column, I related how although I was born without shoes it took a … more

Johnson County looking for board, commission members

The Johnson County Board of Supervisors is seeking volunteers to serve on various County boards and commissions. Board and commission members serve in an advisory role to help direct policy by making … more

Let’s Save Our Service members

Serving our nation in uniform was one of the greatest honors of my life. It left me with countless experiences, lifelong friends, and lessons that I carry with me every day. It also provided me with … more

We support and value Iowa workers

With the cost of healthcare, food, and childcare rising, many Iowa workers are finding their wages haven’t kept up with those increased costs. Many workers are also concerned about retirement … more

“This is Iowa” campaign good for Iowa

The Iowa travel and hospitality industry, which naturally relies on people moving from place to place, was impacted to the tune of a 46.1% decline in employment as a direct result of the pandemic. … more

Addressing the crisis at the border

In August alone, Customs and Border Protection encountered more than 208,000 people attempting to enter the U.S. illegally — an increase of 318% during the same exact time just one year … more

Make your voice heard by voting November 2

You might be surprised to learn that the upcoming city-school election may have a bigger impact on your daily life than who is elected president, senator or governor. While races for those higher … more
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