This past week I have been reflecting on the life of my grandmother, Carol Presley. She passed away this past week, on Thursday, May 25. 

Perhaps the keen observers of Iowa prep sports may have noted a few sports writers and photographers in the state spent the last month clamoring over changes made to media guidelines at some high school state tournaments.

While I was living in Portland, Oregon, a friend of mine suggested we go to Bush Gardens, a place where raw fish is served. My thoughts turned grotesque.

As the days get shorter and the holiday season becomes more hectic, comfort food is more in demand. And there is nothing more comforting than a bowl of hot soup. Paired with a side dish or two, it can be a heartwarming, nurturing meal in itself.

As a retired law enforcement officer, I am still in the habit of looking for a motive. At the scene of a crime, there is often evidence of motive. When there is no indication of motive, we will try to develop a timeline to determine which event or sequence of events may have created a motiva…

Early October hunting rises and falls with the weather. Friday, Oct. 7 brought with it a significant cool down from the previous days.

Each year at about this time I find myself face to face with an issue. It has to do with one aspect of the holidays. In two words – the tree. I can’t get behind the idea of the tree and my lack of spirit makes me feel downright Grinchy.

Everyone should know the list of things in which he or she need improvement. You know those areas of life, which on a scale of one to ten you rate a one or a two. Sometimes our deficiencies can cause problems in other parts of life. For instance - I would get jealous of my father-in-law beca…

Hello, Knoxville. Thank you for having me on my first venture outside of my hometown, Centerville, as I take over as managing editor of the Journal-Express this week.

The second of the 2016-17 BRAVO! Concert Series was presented at Knoxville Performing Arts Center on November 20 featuring The Travelin’ McCourys.

“This will give you an opportunity to testify.” Luke 21:13

Once again we find ourselves at the time of the year when we are reminded to give thanks. But consider with me something out of the ordinary for which to give thanks. Let's think about the apostle Paul’s words in 1 Thessalonians 5:18, where he says to us "in everything give thanks, for this …

This is Senior Trooper Doug Cutts with the Iowa State Patrol reminding drivers that Thanksgiving is upon us. Both you and your vehicle should be prepared for the holiday trip.

There has been several changes to the Journal Express and I know that it has caused some worries within the community. We have worked hard on a new plan and how to offer the best local coverage we can.

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” Aristotle

As the nation’s leading producer of pork, corn, soybeans, and eggs, Iowa’s agriculture industry has an enormous impact on the country and the world. This October, I visited over a dozen ag businesses, including family farms, to hear about the true state of the agriculture economy in Iowa, an…

Yosemite is the fourth-most popular national park – behind only Great Smoky Mountains, Rocky Mountain and Grand Canyon national parks last year – and the vast majority of its visitors arrive from late spring through early fall.

I had the privilege of serving lunch at Northstar Elementary last Friday. That was a good time and I want to thank Julie Miller for inviting me to do so.

Next week is the 12th annual Free Speech Week, a national event that aims to “to raise public awareness of the importance of free speech in our democracy,” according to organizers, which include school, media and law organizations. 

Political life is rich with contradictions. In her acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention, presidential nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton insisted that the economic performance of the past eight years was “much stronger” than it was during the Bush years. More than fifteen mill…

Washington bean counters don't set the prices of houses or vehicles. Buyers and sellers settle on mutually agreeable prices. That's why there isn't a nationwide shortage of duplexes or jeeps.

With the possibility of America’s first woman president looming, it’s appropriate to consider the monumental struggle for gender equality.

A half-century ago I was a 17-year-old who had just been hired to do door-to-door canvassing for the Minneapolis Housing Authority to inform people in the poorest neighborhoods that they could nominate community members to serve on the board of the agency. We held trainings and exercises to …

Reports have been surfacing in the non-establishment press of a prison beating of Ryan Bundy by three guards charged with his care. His wife Angie had to take to the radio to get attention to the beating. Apparently Ryan still had a bullet in his arm placed there on January 26, eight months …

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has been making campaign hay from Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s gaffe in saying half of Trump’s supporters would fit into a “basket of deplorables.”

President Obama said Tuesday the United States will spend $90 million over the next three years to clear unexploded bombs dropped on Laos during the Vietnam War. A decade ago we began spending $2.5 million a year to $15 million this year. During the Vietnam War America spent nine years bombi…

Even as Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump assaults freedom of speech by his critics, the 2016 campaign highlights the enduring value and power of the First Amendment – and the need to protect its principles from erosion by self-serving politicians.

Labor Day is a time for us to celebrate the workers who make our economy grow - the people without whom businesses could not survive and thrive.

We all know from personal experience how difficult it is to burn the candle at both ends when we’re trying to satisfy two people who are at odds with one another. Yet that is exactly what Washington is now trying to do with the Turks and the Saudis, two security partners in the war on ISIS, …

A few months ago, Governor Terry Branstad and Republicans privatized health care for over 500,000 Iowans on Medicaid. After months of delays, confusion, and scandal, Branstad's privatization scheme is now officially a disaster.

Hillary Clinton is nearly 70 years old, which for a presidential nominee is not necessarily old. However, the difference between her, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, and even John McCain is that Clinton has had significant medical problems which affect her brain and call her performance capaci…

Our newspaper, the Ottumwa Courier, has seen innumerable elections. We’ve seen candidates come and go. Some have been brilliant leaders, others less so. But never have we seen a candidate for high office so fundamentally unfit to hold it as Donald J. Trump.

During the Iowa caucus campaign six months ago, Donald Trump skipped the final Republican debate moderated by Fox News’ Megyn Kelly, with whom he was feuding. Instead he held a charity event to raise millions for wounded veterans, including his personal donation of $1 million.

Water quality is an important issue in our state. Currently, Iowa dedicates over $20 million annually towards improving the state’s water quality through the Nutrient Reduction Strategy. This is a significant investment, but as with many other issues there is always more we can do to ensure …

Too many people don’t like the news media because of the conventional notion, advanced by our critics, that journalists are cavalier with the facts and report the news with bias.

Our system of government was designed to be of the people, by the people and for the people. To protect the God-given natural rights of each citizen and preserve our liberty, the U.S. Constitution was specifically designed to limit governmental power. That’s why we have checks and balances t…

Rep. Greg Heartsill shares the happenings of the past week in the Iowa Legislature in the attached document. 

Welcome back to the 86th General Assembly! This week, we began the second year of the 86th General Assembly with the House and Senate getting back to work. Business ramped up Tuesday with the Governor’s Condition of the State where he laid his plan for the budget, water quality, Future Ready…

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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…