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This column contains everything you ever wanted to know – or perhaps never wanted to know – about fruitcakes. And when I say fruitcakes, I’m talking about those cakes that contain dried fruit … more
We were truly saddened to see Durant’s annual community Christmas event get cancelled last Sunday. It’s become a fun tradition for local children to sit on Santa’s knee and enjoy food and fun … more
This week begins the holiday season and hopefully I’m not the only one wondering where summer, fall, and for that matter 2018, has gone! As we give thanks this week with family and friends, … more
If you want to read about Wilton’s fourth state volleyball run in school history, see our coverage on pages 10-11. What can’t go unmentioned is the morning the volleyball team had prior to … more
When we talk about volleyball family, we take it seriously – Brenda GrunderWithin the past week, our communities have shifted from football fever to volleyball hysteria after Wilton upset … more
Musician Neil Diamond made his announcement in January. Actor Alan Alda made his announcement in July. Now it’s my turn. Like Diamond and Alda, I, too, have Parkinson’s disease, a … more
Last week we introduced the acquisition of the West Liberty Index by our parent company, North Scott Press Inc. I've penned a column that will print in this week's Index and wanted to share it with … more
Unemployment is low in Iowa, and business leaders say they need more skilled workers. So why aren’t people flocking here from around the country to take our jobs? Maybe because our state has … more
In the midst of being flooded this week with political letters to the editor, I still want to focus on our big news. Yet while on the subject of political letters to the editor, hopefully our readers … more
It’s been a special couple weeks for our area volleyball and football teams. As we shift from the fall to winter sports seasons, if you haven’t seen the Durant and Wilton volleyball … more
It’s been another somber week here at the Advocate News, as we learned of the passing of Greg White Oct. 3. White was a longtime coach in the Durant area, most recently known and remembered as … more
Iowa and the entire country have seen a big jump in drug overdose deaths in recent years.Just between July 1 and mid September of this year, Iowa hospitals reported more than 250 suspected opioid … more
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