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Backyard Challenge 10th anniversary — Wilton reclaims trophy

For the second straight year, the Wilton School District has claimed the Advocate News Backyard Challenge trophy. When the 2018-2019 school year begins and the football teams meet in Durant Aug. 24, … more

Lack of funding an attack on Iowa’s public universities

Iowa must do more to make job training and other education opportunities more affordable. Student debt and increasing tuition are among the biggest problems facing our state, according to an Iowa … more

‘Refine the definition of biblical’

Editor: Zero tolerance. Deterrent. Teach these people a lesson. Biblical. Respect for law. When Jesus was challenged to confront a woman accused of adultery (John 8:1-11), for which the law … more

Ball games throw added wrinkle into Marathon Mondays

We begin this week with some notes on June 11. It was a very hectic Monday, with our staff trying to prepare for two city council meetings in Durant and Wilton, a school board meeting in Durant … more

Bobby Fischer still impacting country music

Nashville songwriter Bobby Fischer, a Wilton native, is understandably proud of country singer-songwriter-recording artist Margo Price, who has been called “country’s next … more

Bobby Kaufmann's Session wrap up, Part 1

This week will be Part 1 of my two-part session wrap-up. Listening to the attack partisans in the opinion section each week you would think Des Moines is all doom and gloom. Nothing is perfect, but … more

Advocate News coverage referenced often during bond project debate

I want to begin this week with two anecdotes before “Case in Point” truly begins. First, I’m reminded of one of my favorite movies quotes. It’s from the movie “Saw,” yes a slasher film … more

Molding young minds for decades: Wilton teaching trio bids farewell

Our local school districts seemingly raced to an early finish line this year as the 2017-2018 school year ended May 23 (for Durant and Wilton seniors, it was May 16). Given the 90-plus degree … more

Prepare to vote in Iowa’s June 5 primaries

Are you prepared to vote in Iowa’s June 5 primary elections? That’s when Iowans decide who will be their party’s candidates in November’s general election for many federal, state and … more

Seniors deliver memorable Durant & Wilton commencement speeches

I write about it nearly every year. May is certainly one of the, if not THE busiest month here at the Advocate News. Recent success of spring sports teams has only added to the craziness for me in … more

'Explaining the tax bill and why I support it'

In this week’s column, I will describe in detail the tax reform plan that passed and in future columns I will do my traditional overview of session describing the things that happened that I … more

Teachers made a difference in our journey

Here are some scratches from an old reporters’ notepad: • Thank a teacher. That advice came from U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa in a recent column he wrote. He told high school graduates … more
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