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As children, we dive into the pages of classic picture books such as "Where the Wild Things Are," "The Cat in the Hat," or "Madeline" to be entertained by stories while being carried to other worlds. As time passes, our books morph into novels, textbooks, or non-fiction interests and picture books are forgotten. But picture books should remain on our bookshelves for many reasons. more
Even though the city of Eldridge is named after Jacob Eldridge, the man never lived there.    more
These goals always top the list of the most popular New Year’s resolutions: Lose weight. Reduce stress. Get in shape. more
Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement Jan. 3 as the House convened to begin the 116th Congress. Having been first elected in 2006, Dave was sworn in to begin his seventh term serving the people of Iowa. more
A few years ago I walked through Timber Lanes when a man began a conversation me. After a few moments he asked if I knew him. I was stumped. more
New Year’s resolutions are common this time of year. Some are easily broken; others are sincerely made, but hard to keep. The decision to eliminate tobacco from your life is a commitment that takes self-control and support. The Scott County Health Department reminds residents who have made the healthy choice to quit smoking that help and support is available through Quitline Iowa. more
If you need a lift of your Christmas spirit and want to have your heart warmed, you need to go see Countryside's latest production, "A Christmas Carol." The cooperative adaptation of Dickens' classic tale with book, lyrics and music by Tristan Tapscott and Danny White, will amaze you with the story's flow and the artistic blend of music and narration. more
Gift cards are a quick and convenient gift giving solution. Whether you’re pressed for time or the recipient is hard to shop for, a gift card is sure to make the perfect gift. According to the National Retail Federation, gift card spending is expected to reach $27.6 billion this holiday season, with gift card purchasers planning to buy an average of four cards, worth roughly $45 each. more
Statement from officials about the Farm Bill which was passed last week: more
Billy Graham (1918-2018), the most influential Christian leader of the 21st century, must be rolling over in his grave while witnessing how some white evangelical Christians have abandoned moral judgment and social responsibility as they support Donald Trump’s stance on immigration and asylum seekers. Ed Stetzer, director of the Billy Graham Center, concurs. more
I don’t get out to Utica Ridge Road as much as I used to. more
The song starts out with an “oo” sound with two parts singing a B flat an octave apart. more
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