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It was a beautiful night for fireworks in Durant on the Fourth of July. Of course the evening had its “usuals:” the Durant Lioness Ice Cream Social; fresh popcorn, hot dogs, water and pop from … more
Before the ink was dry on last week's Advocate News, I began receiving emails from former Durant football players, asking if I had forgotten about their teams. Why? I actually knew the answer … more
Editor's note: The following notes on the life of Thelma Nopoulos were submitted by Lynn Ochiltree, a longtime Wilton historian who purchased the Candy Kitchen from Thelma upon the death of her … more
Many of you have heard about the turmoil in Johnson County concerning their zoning ordinance. I view this ordinance as anti-agriculture and illegal. We are working on two bills in the Iowa … more
As we head toward spring, several events pulled me in many different directions last week. From a fire at the old Wilton college to a trek to Des Moines for state wrestling, that was just the tip of … more
On Saturday, March 14 — just over a month ago — I texted a friend and mentor of mine who had served on the 2014 Ebola Response Task Force, asking him how con-cerned our country should be about … more
Did you celebrate National Vinyl Record Day? Or did you miss it like I did? It was Aug. 12 and commemorated the day in 1877 that Thomas Edison invented the phonograph. Why celebrate National … more
It began last week with a rather curious letter we received in the mail. It had our proper street address but the name on the envelope was “3rd Street Neighbor.” The sender was “Cedar … more
Believe it or not, it’s officially summertime. June 21 was the summer solstice. It’s all downhill from there. It certainly doesn’t feel like summer. After a long, hard winter, a wet spring … more
We all know the old adage “A dog is a man’s best friend.” This common phrase is referring to the history of close relations, loyalty, and companionship with humans. Science shows that this … more
The 2019-20 school year has come to a close. I’m sure it’s not how anyone envisioned it ending, with empty classrooms, students learning from home and parents stepping in as impromptu … more
Typically, “Editorial writing 101” says to think about an important issue in your community, take a position or stance on that issue, then persuade your reader. You’ll have to come along with … more
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