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June 27, 2011

By BOB SHRALUKA
    An ugly problem reared its smell again at this week's city council meeting: manure from Amish horses.
    The last time it came up, probably a year and a half or more ago, city officials received support for attempting to do something about it and also caught some heavy flak — including some letters in this newspaper — about supposedly "picking on" the Amish.

Digital Views

June 27, 2011

By MARK TURNER
    It seems that every now and then a small movie makes big noise. They’re usually an independent film that was made for almost no money. If they’re lucky, they get a star or two and they become noticed at film festivals.
    CLERKS was one such film and so was LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE. So when I heard that CEDAR RAPIDS was this year's talked-about indie film I wondered if it was true or not. Yes, the movie lives up to its reputation. It’s hilarious.

Digital Views

June 13, 2011

BY MARK N. TURNER
    There are movies that are made that are noted as being timely. These movies take on the day-to--day stories that many of those viewing them are going through and turn them into stories with compelling characters, events that viewers can relate to and that touch the heart all at the same time. THE COMPANY MEN is just such a movie.

From Left Field

June 13, 2011

By BOB SHRALUKA
    John August, Adams County's Emergency Management Agency (EMA) director. won't lay any phoney baloney on you. Plain and simple, he says that if a person or family wants to be warned of an impending storm or tornado, don't rely entirely on the county's warning siren system.
    Instead, purchase a NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) weather radio. Much, much more reliable.

On And Off The Shelf

June 8, 2011

By KELLY EHINGER
    Sometimes I see advertisements for a product for which I want more information, so I research it online.  Often, I keep in touch with my family members through social networking sites.  And, weekly, my children’s school sends home a parent newsletter, often with an announcement directing me to check information online.

Alone With J

June 8, 2011

By J SWYGART

From Left Field

June 8, 2011

By BOB SHRALUKA
    Yeh, the work on 13th St. is a pain in the passing lane. But, as one city official pointed out, we should all be happy for the pain because it is, basically, like repairing potholes.

Digital Views

June 8, 2011

By MARK TURNER
    I’ve seen tons of movies and have always been a fan of John Wayne. He epitomized the West for an entire generation of moviegoers. But the amazing thing is that with all of the films that he made that I’ve seen, there are still a number that I’ve never gotten around to.
    THE SEARCHERS is one. Until watching this film the other night, THE COMANCHEROS was another. The film has just been released in a 50th anniversary blu-ray edition on Fox’s book style format. It’s a keeper, folks.

Alone with J

May 26, 2011

A vacation, from
the grid goofiness


By J SWYGART

From Left Field

May 25, 2011

Finally, end in sight
    Finally, and at long last, something may be done to rid the city of the eyesore at Monroe and Second streets which for years was a part of a bustling downtown as Holthouse Drug Co.
    Mayor John Schultz has confirmed that the current owner of the building, Don Spice, recently approached him about selling it to the city. Before the situation can progress any further, city council will have to give its approval for the mayor to enter into negotiations. But one can bet on that being a quick 5-0 vote!

 

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