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We come to you this week with heavy hearts after learning of the passing of Ed Williams, the longtime principal of Wilton High School. Sadly, Williams was long since retired when I made my way … more
We come to you this week with a few notes on area homecoming celebrations. Both schools have homecoming fever as Wilton’s homecoming week just passed and Durant’s is happening now.We … more
My wife has a smartphone, but I have resisted getting one for myself. I still have my trusty flip phone. Purchased in the early 2000s and old enough now to grow whiskers, it still does what I want … more
Tragedies have become all too common when Iowans can’t get the mental health care they need. Unfortunately, Iowa has a severe shortage of mental health treatment professionals — especially in … more
As our new superintendent likes to say, and he is right, we all care about Durant and want to take care of it. We may have differing opinions but we all care. With that the people of the district … more
As I touched on last week, we come to you this week in a sticky spot with regard to how the calendar falls. As I write this, the Durant bond referendum vote is about to begin. By the time you … more
In 2009, the Iowa Legislature approved a Pay Equity Act, outlawing wage discrimination. That means that is illegal for an employer to pay some workers less than others for jobs requiring equal … more
I come to you this week with a couple thoughts I’ll address rather than staying on one topic. This is the final issue of the Advocate News prior to the Sept. 11 Durant school bond referendum … more
I spent Aug. 15-18 on the road, traveling to Mason, Ohio (a suburb of Cincinnati) for the annual Western & Southern Open tennis tournament. I’ve been attending and covering this event for around … more
I spent the latter half of last week on the road, traveling to Mason, Ohio (a suburb of Cincinnati) for the annual Western & Southern Open tennis tournament. Next week, I’ll write about my … more
In July, University of Iowa officials announced — without warning or input — that they were closing seven centers and cutting funding for others. Among those slated to close is the Labor Center. … more
Put on your thinking cap. Now think back to Aug. 15. If you can remember that day, tell me this: Did you use the day for relaxation?You should have because Aug. 15 was National Relaxation Day.Now I … more
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