Written by Bob Woelk Tuesday, 12 February 2013 11:52Why do I love running? That’s a question I sometimes get asked by people who witness my jogs through town and the surrounding countryside. I often reply that I don’t exactly love to run. I do, however, enjoy the benefits.
People seem to believe I hit the streets and county roads every day. Though I might wish that were true, I actually run between three and four days per week for total distance of between 12 and 18 miles, depending upon whether I am training for a race.
Written by Shana Thornhill Tuesday, 19 February 2013 13:37Friends, Romans, countymen (no, that’s not a typo), lend me your ear. I come before you to write something funny that you won’t laugh at.
While it’s true I try to find humor in almost everything, and some things take a little longer to laugh at, there are some distinctly nonfunny things going on in our county. OK, the Romans probably don’t care, but we should. So, here are some things not to laugh at.
Take, for example, my experience a couple of weeks ago. I had made noodle soup for supper, and discovered we were out of crackers to go with it. I hopped into my trusty truck just after dark and headed into town to get some crackers.
I proceeded at a moderate pace down our country roads. All of a sudden, a small grayish blob...
Written by Malinda Just Tuesday, 19 February 2013 13:39Maybe it’s because it’s a Monday morning. Or maybe it’s not getting enough rest for the last six to eight months. Maybe it’s giving up my snooze button for Lent. Or maybe it’s because there’s a new bottle of white chocolate caramel creamer in my fridge.
Or it could just be the perfect storm of maybes. But I can’t seem to get coffee off my mind.
Growing up, I always wondered how my dad could stand to drink cup after cup...black, no less. But at my current state of fuzziness, I now understand.
Coffee is my connection to normal.
I guess that’s probably how an addiction starts. But it’s much easier to be outnumbered three to one all day if I have a little caffeine in my veins.
I haven’t always been this way. I used...
Written by Bailey Kaufman Tuesday, 26 February 2013 11:52In September, I wrote a column that promised I would someday write about my final college decision. In that column, I listed three options for my future education: Kansas State University, Indiana University and John Brown University.
The purpose of this column is to fulfill that promise. But here’s the twist: I’m not attending any of those three colleges next year.
When my family and I visited Indiana University last summer, we ate lunch on the road at a cute diner in Columbia, Mo. That happens to be the town where the main campus for the University of Missouri is located. Since we knew MU was supposed to have one of the best journalism schools in the country, we decided to drive past the campus.
At the time, I really had no...
Written by David Vogel Tuesday, 02 April 2013 11:54oogle owes me money.
As you probably know, Google is the Internet search engine giant that is determined to stick its nose into every industry it possibly can. Maps, smartphones, calendars, social media, computers, apps, music, videos.... The list goes on.
And while each of Google’s products and services are valuable—if not ubiquitous—there’s one project that I find particularly interesting: the Google Books Library Project.
This is where Google photographically scans each and every book from the world’s largest libraries, digitizes the texts using “optical character recognition” software, and makes them searchable and available for the general public.
Or, in Google’s words, “to archive human knowledge and to make...
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