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  • Our view: Help spread the cheer – volunteer

    With the snow flying and the holiday season kicking into gear, many of us are looking for ways we can give back to our communities.
    Dec. 9, 2016 - 12:19 am
  • Olson: At the movies – with communists

    The Market Square 10 theater in DeKalb is scheduled to reopen today, just in time for people to catch a weekend movie.
    Dec. 9, 2016 - 12:19 am
  • Schrader: Folk art sculpture found, must not be lost again

    Nine years ago, I was browsing the Country Store on Lincoln Highway near Seventh Street in DeKalb when I spotted a fence post sculpted into a Santa fi ...
    Dec. 8, 2016 - 12:30 am
  • Olson: Sick man needs place to hide

    Sometimes I miss the last house I owned.It was in Cary, a town comparable to Sycamore, where I live ...
    Dec. 6, 2016 - 12:41 am
  • Cheeky Mama: No sitter, big problem

    Last weekend my husband and I had a dilemma: We were invited to go out with a group of our friends. It sounded like so much fun.  
    Dec. 3, 2016 - 12:09 am
  • McCaleb: Don't retire these Christmas song classics

    Crabby Editor Eric Olson used this space Monday to bemoan all of the Christmas songs he wishes would just go away – holiday tunes he claims should be ...
    Dec. 3, 2016 - 12:18 am
  • Schrader: Two DeKalb classmates reunite at 99

    When classmates Leonard Osland and Don Mosher got together recently, they realized they are about the only ones left from a class of 156 students who ...
    Dec. 1, 2016 - 12:37 am
  • Oliver: Could Castro’s death bring change to Cuba?

    The death of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro last week at the age of 90 seems almost hard to believe. After all, Castro had been out of sight for almost a ...
    Nov. 29, 2016 - 11:14 pm
  • Olson: Why the Thanksgiving shopping hostility?

    There seems to be hostility toward the new tradition of stores opening the night of Thanksgiving.On ...
    Nov. 29, 2016 - 12:22 am
  • Mayor's View: DeKalb in solid financial shape for 2017

    The DeKalb City Council and Finance Advisory Committee have met over the past several weeks. The topics have included the city’s financial policies, t ...
    Nov. 25, 2016 - 11:27 pm
  • Olson: Return of hated holiday tunes

    It is time, as my 3-year-old daughter would say, to “start Christmasing.”Regardless of your level of ...
    Nov. 25, 2016 - 11:15 pm
  • Schrader: Oh, those Norman Rockwell Thanksgivings

    Most of us my age come from homes where Thanksgiving (and often Christmas) was celebrated the old-fashioned way: At grandpa and grandma’s house, or an ...
    Nov. 23, 2016 - 11:07 pm
  • Cheeky Mama: Appreciating little things to keep holiday simple

    As the holiday season arrives, I find myself thinking about all the big events coming up. This starts to make me a little anxious.
    Nov. 22, 2016 - 10:32 pm
  • Editor's Desk: Madigan's plan a crime against Illinois taxpayers

    When you’re not committed to fixing a problem, it’s only going to get worse.That’s certainly the cas ...
    Nov. 18, 2016 - 11:17 pm
  • Schrader: The reasons for our collections

    Being a fan of both “Antiques Road Show” and “American Pickers” on TV, I looked forward to the November “show and tell” program of the DeKalb County H ...
    Nov. 17, 2016 - 12:13 am
  • Reeder: There's always something to be thankful for

    SPRINGFIELD – As Thanksgiving approaches, like many folks, I find myself missing family members who have died and wondering what there is to be thankf ...
    Nov. 15, 2016 - 10:40 pm
  • Olson: Racists and anti-Semites – still losers

    To all you anti-Semites, racists and other haters out there: Donald Trump might have won the election, but you are still losers.
    Nov. 15, 2016 - 10:32 pm
  • Cheeky Mama: From Day One, moms are own worst critics

    “I don’t think anyone could ever criticize me more severely than the way I viciously criticize myself.” – Author unknown
    Nov. 12, 2016 - 12:39 am
  • Schrader: Remembering school fire that devastated a village

    It was just after midnight Monday, March 8, 1954, when the Kingston Grade School burned to the ground.
    Nov. 11, 2016 - 12:05 am
  • Olson: What to tax next? How about pot

    So the election is over and now our state’s lawmakers presumably will set to figuring out what to do about Illinois’ sorry financial state.
    Nov. 10, 2016 - 12:26 am
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