• On The Z-Train: Get the 'Kid' out

    I spent last weekend doing an evaluation on many aspects of my life. The evaluation brought up a series of questions that, with the help of family and ...
    April 24, 2014 - 11:40 am
  • Overachieving

    When the paramedics were called, I realized that my efforts to relive my college years perhaps had gone too far.
    April 24, 2014 - 11:39 am
  • Ty's Take: Help me, help you

    Last Tuesday, I had maybe one of the most pleasant surprises I’ve had in my career. People were having open, informed and intelligent debates about a ...
    April 23, 2014 - 11:33 am
  • Pleasant Surprises

    Every now and then it is nice to get a surprise.  Let me clarify that -- it is nice to receive a pleasant surprise.  For instance, a surprise party fo ...
    April 22, 2014 - 4:27 pm
  • SCT Live!

    For years, your managers have been asking the same question. They observe your erratic behavior. They monitor your sluggish performance. They measure ...
    April 22, 2014 - 11:12 am
  • Iowa playing critical role in improving Gulf of Mexico

    On Earth Day, as the legislative session is winding down, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at part of our environment distant from Iow ...
    April 22, 2014 - 11:12 am
  • Farmington has a radio station

    Little known fact: Van Buren County’s only radio station is tucked away in the scenic valley that holds Farmington. Searching your FM and AM dial, you ...
    April 22, 2014 - 7:03 pm
  • Social Security debt collection

    If the federal government overpaid someone in your family more than 30 years ago, should you be held responsible for the debt? 
    April 21, 2014 - 11:31 am
  • Republicans in Senate oppose all spending

    I hesitated on this column, because I have often written about the need to approach our “must do” legislation in a bi-partisan manner.  Much of what w ...
    April 23, 2014 - 10:44 am
  • Legislature working through end of session

    The 2014 session is scheduled to end on Tuesday, April 22.  While it’s unclear if we’ll finish exactly on time, we’re going to keep working right up t ...
    April 22, 2014 - 1:54 pm
  • Government as an innovator? You bet!

    Five years ago, the federal government spent $169 billion to fund basic research and development. This fiscal year, it’s down to $134 billion.
    April 18, 2014 - 11:28 am
  • The window that wouldn't work

    What goes up usually comes down. I say usually in this instance because most objects that go up come down, from flipped coins to my bank account. That ...
    April 17, 2014 - 11:06 am
  • JCCA presents 'energetic' finale

    The Jasper County Concert Association will presented its season finale Thursday, April 3, at Newton Senior High School. It was quite an energetic fina ...
    April 17, 2014 - 11:06 am
  • Medium Pulp

    It was one of those rare special evenings. The kind you wish you could plan for, but just as with a star shooting across the night sky, you never can ...
    April 17, 2014 - 11:06 am
  • Ty's Take: Paying tribute to the ‘Devil’s Advocate’

    This weekend was a work weekend for me — job fair, politics, prairie burns and a gala to boot — and I spent it zigzagging across Jasper County, which ...
    April 16, 2014 - 11:25 am
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    Reader Poll

    What are your thoughts on illegal drug use and distribution in Jasper County?
    It's completely out of hand, more needs to be done about it
    It's pretty bad, but no worse than anywhere else in Iowa
    It's getting better than it was 10-15 years ago
    It's not really a problem here