The kids are back in school, the leaves will soon begin to change, and footballs are flying everywhere. It's September, and autumn and all of its trappings are definitely a topic of conversation. So are the "Morons of the Month," who prove a simple change
The conversation started when Kathy and I were researching an upcoming trip to watch one of the grandkids run in a cross country meet. We came across the town of Sandwich, which is in the northern part of the state and always brings a smile to my face.
Research is an integral part of the life of any reporter, but what the general public may not realize is much of that fact-finding never finds its way into print. Here are some examples of information I have recently come across that I had no need for in
Labor Day weekend always has a strange feel to it. Part of me is always saddened, because this is the unofficial final punctuation point for summer. But another part of me is always ecstatic, because Labor Day weekend traditionally rings in the high schoo
Every time I hear "The Class of '57" by the Statler Brothers it makes me think. And these days, I'm thinking about those lyrics even more. Like most country classics, "The Class of '57" is sad. Unfulfilled dreams and stories of broken hearts fill the vers
Let's be honest. Many of us spend way too much time paging through Facebook. And for what? Pure and simple, I think it's safe to say most of that time is spent in search of entertainment. Sure, it's nice to see what the grandkids are doing and it's impor
One of my guilty pleasures for the past 11-plus years has been putting together the "Morons of the Month" columns. Come October, we'll be celebrating the 12th anniversary of this monthly tribute to ineptitude, and during the process of looking back over a
Most students in West-Central Illinois and Northeast Missouri will be returning to school this week, which is always the first true harbinger of fall. I know, I know ... the temperatures are supposed to be in the 80s this week, which is hardly a call for