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I’ll save some readers a little time and declare my fandom for the Knoxville Panthers, St. Louis Cardinals and Iowa State Cyclones.

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A McDonald’s receipt is my last memento of my mother. It’s dated a dozen days before she died.

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I was perusing Facebook this past week and came across two of our local media outlets reporting on the recently held walking audit, which included information regarding a Traffic Engineering Assistance Program (TEAP) study from 2015. This report reviews several traffic concerns and identifie…

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Whether you’re a kid or you’re fishing with one, there’s something beautiful about a bobber plunging into a lake.

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The shade of an apple tree wasn’t enough to keep me cool Sunday, but it reminded me of an important story a friend once shared.

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Mrs. Wall was my first real authority figure. A grandmotherly kindergarten teacher, she left little doubt who was leader our squirrelly pack of five-year-olds. Especially at nap time.

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If anything proves my undying optimism, it’s my garden. For the past 18 years, I’ve tended a tenth of an acre, but my roots go back to a little patch behind my boyhood home.

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The internet is an amazing place where people go to hope and hope goes to die.

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The orange of their jail jumpsuits was about all they had in common.

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I’d hoped to see a friend amid the snow Saturday at the March for Our Lives outside the state capitol. She’s a Knoxville High School senior who cares about keeping her school safe from mass shootings.

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A song has been stuck in my head since Saturday night. “We’re All in This Together” was the catchy climax to Knoxville High’s production of “High School Musical” last weekend, but more than the melody, it’s the image I cant shake.

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All the world’s a stage, a wise man once wrote.

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Write what you know, they say, which is why I’ve never written about wrestling.

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KNOXVILLE — Local leaders and school staff shared hours of insights in November about how the Knoxville Community School District can best serve its students and partner with the community. On Tuesday, the Knoxville school board began the hard task of prioritizing what was gleaned from those…

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I was painting a set for the musical “Cinderella” last spring when Annie Leonard ran an idea by me. What if Knoxville had a variety show to celebrate New Year’s and support the music boosters?

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A flurry of pre-Christmas errands had me hustling into the grocery store. I heard that familiar holiday melody as I scooted in from the cold…

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December of 2000 was surely the snowiest of 20 Decembers I’ve spent in Iowa. And the 23rd of that month was like too many days before it, with single-digit temps and drifting snow.

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I enjoy watching football, both Knoxville High Panther and college games. A key component of many football plays is the handoff. The moment that the quarterback hands the ball off to a running back is crucial. If it does not happen just as it should, the play fails.

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The kids at the other table were having a great time. They laughed and said nice things about each other’s clothes and hair. I really wished I could have hung out with them.

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A hero gave me a few minutes of his time last Wednesday. After five days, I finally tracked down Chuck Reeves, a Red Cross volunteer from Knoxville. He’d been busy feeding Hurricane Harvey’s victims in a Texas town called The Woodlands.

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Early in last week’s school board forum, the moderator mentioned the bright lights that the seven candidates had to endure on the stage of the Knoxville Performing Arts Center.

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My husband and I just got back from a week’s vacation. Our trip took us up the west side of Michigan, heading toward a place called Beaver Island. Beaver Island is the summer home for some friends we’ve known for over 35 years.

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Labor Day, for all its good times, has its roots in bad times. I had begun to write this week about the dignity of work, and it actually was sounding profound.

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I have lived most of my adult life in an area of the country, where if you wanted living plants and green grass you had to water them most every day. Rain was reserved for a few of the winter months, and even then it was scarce.

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We pulled the U-Haul into my in-laws’ driveway 20 years ago this Sunday. My wife’s whole family helped unload our stuff on that warm August night, and a new journey began. I still joke that we’ve lived here in Knoxville 20 years, so we’re new here!

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You may not have realized it at the time, but this week ushered in a new normal for Iowans: It was the first Fourth of July after the sale of fireworks became legal in our state. If Knoxville is any example, city ordinances banning the use of fireworks carry almost no deterrent value. Here, …

We all need to take a break from work every once and a while. During the week of June 26-July 3, I took a vacation to Washington D.C.

The phrase in 2 Corinthians 10:12(MSG), “We’re not putting ourselves in a league with those who boast that they’re our superiors. But in all this comparing and grading and competing, they quite miss the point.”

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I have written many letters to the Journal, to be posted and read by our many residents, and most of them were very positive. This letter is both positive and negative. I would like to start out by the positive part:

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It may be hot outside but it will be cool at the First United Methodist Church for Vacation Bible School. It is scheduled for the evenings of July 24, 25, and 26 with a free light meal for the families served from 5:30 to 6 p.m. VBS lasts till 8:30 p.m. Cokesbury’s Hero Central will be this …

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Charles Lee Laird was born in Knoxville, Iowa on October 3, 1942, to Marvin and Fonda Robuck Laird. He passed away at his home in Emporia , Kansas on June 9, 2019. He was 76 years old. Charles grew up on farms near Knoxville: he graduated from Attica High School in 1960. In January 1962 he m…