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This year was quite a success after not having the dinner for a couple of years.   The Polk County Christian School 3rd Grade Class decorated the tables and did a great job. We had a … more
The criminal case for the murder of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia had a personal impact on me. Like Arbery, I often walk briskly in nearby neighborhoods. Although I must confess that at my advanced … more
I had another birthday last week. Dec. 30 I turned 74. No need to congratulate me or send a belated card. Just greeting another year is gift enough. Besides, 74 isn’t considered … more
To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of the whole New Year’s shtick. A million years ago when I was single, I dreaded New Year’s Eve because there was far too much pressure on it. If … more
The Board of Directors of Polk County Christian Social Ministries wants to shout out a big THANK YOU to the people of Polk County for once again making our annual Share Your Christmas Program a huge … more
I remember Christmas shopping without credit cards. Of course, when I was a boy I could not have had a card; but, neither did Mom or Dad. As far as I know, Dad never did. All he ever bought on … more
Dear Santa, Don’t take this the wrong way. You know I love you. But what I need right now is not new things. It’s help. And correct me if I’m wrong, but don’t you have a … more
Have you ever been rolling along thinking that you’re doing a decent job of keeping everything done? Me, either! But one thing I have always thought I was pretty good at was recycling. … more
It is a wonderful time of year here in Polk County!  On behalf of the board of directors and members of the Bolivar Area Chamber of Commerce, I’d like to say thank you to the many people, … more
Christmas used to be simpler. I’m not talking about way back when people roasted chestnuts and used flip phones. I’m talking about a dozen years ago when our three kids were little. I … more
The 10 deaths at a packed Houston, Texas, concert crowd raised powerful and haunting memories for me from an episode of an old TV series more than four decades ago — "WKRP in … more
Now comes December, slipping in like Santa Claus with a hefty sack upon its shoulders — a tote filled not only with holiday surprises, but laden with treasured memories of seasons past. At … more
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