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  • Five acts we could all do more often

    Five things I should do and you should too: 1. Write thank yousWhat’s more meaningful than a hand wr ...
    July 25, 2014 - 11:04 am
  • Street maintenance proposal deserves public input

    The Newton City Council is beginning to address a long overdue necessity — funding for annual maintenance of city streets.
    July 25, 2014 - 11:04 am
  • Nothing is as sweet as Sugar

    My first day at this year’s Jasper County Fair, I met Sugar the dog. With a soft, cotton candy-white fur and redness around her eyes, Sugar is blind a ...
    July 24, 2014 - 11:05 am
  • Is anybody happy?

    I just discovered Shawn Achor, and, boy, am I happy.You don’t know who Shawn Achor is? How about Dan ...
    July 23, 2014 - 11:20 am
  • Ty's Take: ‘KCK’ get the ‘MO out

    The theme of this year’s Jasper County Fair “Country Pride, County Wide,” resonated with me for a number of reasons.
    July 23, 2014 - 11:20 am
  • Keeping a balance in the electronics age

    I have started to realize that as my daughters are going from baby to toddler to little girls I am having to change my views on electronics and their ...
    July 22, 2014 - 10:51 am
  • It's nice to meet you

    There is nothing I find more unpleasant than shaking a person’s hand.There can be a lot of psycholog ...
    July 22, 2014 - 10:51 am
  • Asa Crowe

    Some of the students were listening, others were looking out the window with that faraway, dreamy look that I remember well (and still have once-in-a ...
    July 21, 2014 - 9:25 pm
  • Don’t let Big Oil bully biofuels

    It’s vacation season across America. That means family road trips are underway and the traveling public is paying even closer attention when they pull ...
    July 21, 2014 - 11:11 am
  • The Invisible Employee

    Do you ever feel people at your job don’t know you exist?Do you sit through long meetings where no o ...
    July 18, 2014 - 10:41 am
  • Extinguishing My Psyche

    Perhaps I am suffering from an addiction — a fiery compulsion buried so deep in my subconscious psyche that I am acting without cognizance. Or perhaps ...
    July 18, 2014 - 10:41 am
  • Newton – a town of resiliency

    “Resilience.” This word has been used to describe Newton for many years now. The primary definition of this word is “the capacity to recover quickly f ...
    July 17, 2014 - 3:36 pm
  • How (Not) to Cure a Headache

    I ran into my good friend Nick Brubaker last weekend. I only get to see him about once a year, so there were a lot of benign topics we wanted to cover ...
    July 17, 2014 - 3:35 pm
  • More adventures in 'Godfather-ism'

    I went back to Kansas City this past weekend for some family time — which culminated in a multi-generational water gun fight and barbecue on Sunday.
    July 16, 2014 - 11:21 am
  • Hi, I'm Jamee!

    Starting around the age of 10, I knew that someday I wanted to work at a newspaper. I grew up in Monroe, and with help from my mom, I started my own n ...
    July 15, 2014 - 11:31 am
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