Meet September's 'Morons of the Month' winners
Steve Eighinger

Meet September's 'Morons of the Month' winners

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

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Some weird town names around the world
Steve Eighinger

Some weird town names around the world

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.

4.22 years? That would be optimistic at best
Steve Eighinger

4.22 years? That would be optimistic at best

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

Fall is the best season for TV shows
Steve Eighinger

Fall is the best season for TV shows

Granted, my memory can be a bit fuzzy at times as senior citizenship approaches, but I think it was at some point in the early-to-mid 1960s I began to fully appreciate the arrival of September.

The more things change, the more they stay the same ... well, kind of, anyway
Steve Eighinger

The more things change, the more they stay the same ... well, kind of, anyway

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

'Things get complicated when you get past 18'
Steve Eighinger

'Things get complicated when you get past 18'

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

For laughs, or heart tugs, it's heard to beat Facebook
Steve Eighinger

For laughs, or heart tugs, it's heard to beat Facebook

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

Cheaper can be better, give me 'The Walking Dead'
Steve Eighinger

Cheaper can be better, give me 'The Walking Dead'

"The Walking Dead" is a highly popular television program on AMC about a post-apocalyptic world inhabited -- and often controlled -- by hordes of rather toothy zombies.

Looking back at some near-miss morons of the past
Steve Eighinger

Looking back at some near-miss morons of the past

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

Summer is disappearing right before our eyes
Steve Eighinger

Summer is disappearing right before our eyes

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