I’ve spent a dozen years trying to forget about an incident that occurred a block from the Daily Iowegian office, but it is brought back every time President Donald Trump calls the press an enemy of the people, exhorts his cult followers against journalists covering his rallies, downplays th…

Thursday, November 15, 2018

We have all heard of Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving when retailers kick off the holiday shopping season with sales and special hours. And Cyber Monday, with its online shopping focus, is becoming increasingly well-known.

Friday, November 02, 2018
Thursday, October 25, 2018

The several-day drive to Mesa for the winter seemed to take forever, which got me to thinking of how my younger self had much greater fortitude. It was in 1973 after being discharged from the Army that I set off for California with my hitchhiking route taking me further into Mexico, across T…

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Cancer is a disease in which cells in the body grow out of control. When cancer starts in the breast, it is called breast cancer. Except for skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

I still dream about work, even though I’ve been retired for a year. And like those youthful dreams of showing up for class and finding there was a test I hadn’t studied for, now I dream of a lost notebook when I sit down to write a story or having my film cassette pop open to ruin my photos …

Thursday, October 11, 2018
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Beyond the noise of the Beltway and the daily vilification of national media outlets, our community newspapers serving cities, counties and regions throughout the U.S.

Thursday, October 04, 2018

The days are getting shorter, temperatures are cooler, the leaves on the trees are changing color, and Pumpkin Spice is everywhere! Fall is a beautiful time of the year but with it comes the beginning of the flu season.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Your vote on Nov. 6 gives the power to a select few that then make decisions for all. Before you give that power to someone, there are a few more facts I receive found out about that I thought everyone should know.

It is easy to take emergency services for granted. We never think something bad will happen to us. It is human nature. But when the unthinkable does happen and we call 911, we expect that an ambulance, a firetruck, or a police car will show up to help us or our loved one. Most of us do not t…

Thursday, September 20, 2018
Sunday, September 16, 2018

The last stretch of Interstate 17 returning to Mesa from Iowa had me thinking about some differences between the two states. Every ravine and ditch doesn’t have a name in Iowa, unlike Arizona, and they aren’t ever called draws, basins, gulches or washes. Iowa doesn’t have canyons either; not…

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

As kids head back to school this fall, they’re not the only ones feeling a renewed sense of vigor and motivation. For many of us, September is synonymous with the fresh start of a new school year and the satisfaction that comes from busy, productive days and learning new things.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Students in the Construction Technology program at Indian Hills Community College recently put the finishing touches on their latest project, a house on Washington Street in Centerville the college built in a partnership with the Chariton Valley Regional Housing Trust Fund. It’s the fifth ho…

Thursday, August 23, 2018
Friday, August 17, 2018
Thursday, August 09, 2018

When voters choose someone to represent them in Congress, they expect that the person who has won their support will honor that trust by taking the job very seriously.

Thursday, August 02, 2018

Bing-g-g, bing-g-g, bing-g-g. A young sailor in a cold sweat tightly grips the control panel while the jarring sound of his radar grows louder and louder. Flashing green emanations from the radar screen reveal a growing panic on an otherwise pallid face. Finally both the maddening din and su…

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

As "the weather guy" at the paper who is also a trained storm spotter, I try to keep an eye on the weather. Whether it's here or elsewhere in the region.

Yikes. We now know why President Trump has begun a trade war – because he couldn’t start a real one with Venezuela. Before the Trump minions out there begin the chant of fake news, the story was even covered by the White House public relations organ, Fox News. It reported that according to a…

Thursday, July 19, 2018

While it feels like summer break has just begun, the reality is that the first day of school is right around the corner. There is always a lot to be done to get kids ready for their first day back. As you are checking off the items on your school supply list, don’t forget to add these import…

As the grandson of a slave and the son of a coal miner, I never imagined I would have the opportunity to sing for six U.S. presidents and world leaders like Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. My uniquely-American story took me from Centreville, Iowa to the world’s greatest opera hou…

Thursday, July 12, 2018

President Trump participates in his second NATO summit in Brussels on Wednesday, but as is so often the case, his tweets have preceded him. On Tuesday, he took to Twitter to complain: "NATO countries must pay MORE, the United States must pay LESS. Very Unfair!"

Yikes. Just when you think you’ve heard of everything, along comes a news story about cockroach milk. Some reports are claiming cockroach milk will be the next big super-food trend with it being rich in protein and amino acids.

Thursday, July 05, 2018

Do you love to travel, but feel guilty about leaving your pets behind? Take them along! It’s easier than you think, and having your best friend at your side as you experience new places makes the trip even more enjoyable. But before you and Fido pack your bags, here are some tips to make sur…

For many years we’ve published a Fair Roundup edition in our paper, about two or so weeks after the fair. This year we will continue that tradition but are changing the way we do things.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Donald Trump's trade war has been an abstraction for most Americans so far, but the retaliation has now begun in earnest and the casualties are starting to mount. The President's beloved stock market took another header Monday on news of more restrictions on investment into the U.S., and the…

Biologists have recently been writing about an evolutionary trend that I first postulated decades ago – that humans are now the main driving force behind the extinctions and ongoing adaptations of most life on Earth.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Even for an administration that has consistent trouble telling the truth, its defense of a policy separating of children and parents at the border has been a complete debacle.

Thursday, June 21, 2018
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

As Bob Dylan sang more than 50 years ago, “The Times They Are a - Changing.”

Thursday, June 07, 2018

Could you drive past a suffering dog or cat on the street or starving along the roadside? I know I can’t. That’s why for nearly three years I’ve dedicated myself to rescuing and taking hundreds of homeless or mistreated pets from Appanoose County to Heartland Humane Society in Ottumwa, where…

Thursday, May 31, 2018

"Probably" isn't a word you want to use when talking about whether children are safe. But that is precisely the word that comes to mind as we review the recent controversy that erupted over whether the federal government "lost" 1,475 migrant children who had been placed in the homes of caregivers.

Women wearing hijabs in larger Iowa cities are becoming common sights behind the counters in many stores. So far I haven’t heard any horror stories dealing with rude rednecks verbally abusing Muslim women that is almost daily fare in the national news.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

There’s a lot of debate these days about American values. How do you define them, and how much do they weigh into your decisions in the voting booth?

Yikes. A friend in Centerville (you know who you are) recently shared a meme on Facebook that basically accused Democrats who opposed the confirmation of Gina Haspel as the new CIA director as being un-American. Yikes, again.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Warmer weather means more time outdoors and Appanoose County Public Health along with the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) reminds Iowans to protect themselves against tick bites. Ticks can carry the organisms that cause diseases like Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis and Rocky Mountain Spot…


Earlier this week, a friend sent me a heartbreaking email: At their routine veterinary exam, one of his three dogs was diagnosed with heartworms and must begin a long and laborious treatment. This news came despite my friend’s religiously giving his pets a preventive heartworm treatment – Ev…

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