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 By Dan Stevens    Sports    July 8, 2020 

The Doctor Is Out ... For Now

The press release came last week – after six years at the helm of the Aquin Boys' Basketball program, Dr. Keith Martin was stepping down. So last week, I sat down with him – not to drum up any dir...

 
 By Dan Stevens    Opinion    July 8, 2020 

Point To Ponder

I was not looking forward to the Fourth of July. With Stockton’s celebration cancelled that meant that my speech team couldn’t raise money at the lemonade stand, but more importantly I sat there...

 
 By Dan Stevens    News    July 8, 2020 

New Illinois Trailer Fees Boggle The Mind

If you own a trailer, the new license plate fee is going to give you sticker shock. The state has increased the annual fee for a trailer license plate by $100, regardless of the weight class. For the...

 
 By Dan Stevens    Sports    July 8, 2020 

Finally, A Ball Game!

Sunday night up in Argyle, the Orangeville Broncos took out some frustrations on their hosts as they blew past Argyle in a 12-3 drubbing to open up their summer schedule ... well kinda. You see, the I...

 
 By Dan Stevens    News    July 1, 2020

Where's The Work Ethic

Big changes might be taking place on August 1st, and we're not just talking about the state going into Phase 4 of their Covid-19 pandemic requirements. On June 26th, Restaurants and Bars were allowed...

 
 By Dan Stevens    Opinion    July 1, 2020

Point To Ponder

“Why don’t we go for a drive?” It was an innocent question from my wife after I had just vented over editorial issues with the paper, and my first thought was that – yeah, I needed to get...

 
 By Dan Stevens    Sports    July 1, 2020

Let There Be Volleyball!

Believe it or not, we might begin to see High School summer sports soon as the Lena-Winslow Volleyball League is prepared to begin competition next week. At least, that is the plan ... "This is ALL...

 
 By Dan Stevens    Opinion    June 24, 2020

Point To Ponder

Every parent of young kids knows the feeling – you’re somewhere in the house doing something when you suddenly realize – it’s too quiet. Immediately the internal alarm bells go off and you beg...

 
 By Dan Stevens    News    June 24, 2020

Pearl City School Board Update

The Pearl City School Board held their monthly meeting in a large Google teleconference format, where members and visitors alike called in and listened on as the Board went about the business of the...

 

How Are You Coping?

So how are you getting through the pandemic? Tired of Netflix? Finished all of those nagging home improvement projects? Sick of staring at the same four walls? After seeing my wife take off for yet...

 
 By Dan Stevens    Business    June 24, 2020

Going Green With Solar Panel Installation

The plan to make the move was made over a year ago, but with a daughter getting married the timing just wasn't right – so it waited a year. (But I think it was worth the wait.) The latest home...

 
 By Dan Stevens    Opinion    June 17, 2020

Point To Ponder

I realize that this may not come as a shock to most of you, but I have never been what you would consider – fashionable. When it comes to how I dress and what I wear, comfort tends to always come...

 
 By Dan Stevens    News    June 17, 2020

Picking Up The Pieces

A little over a week after the riots had wreaked havoc on downtown Freeport, business owners and employees were out taking down some of the plywood used to cover windows, and trying to return to some...

 
 By Dan Stevens    Sports    June 17, 2020

Bronco Changing Of The Guard

Typically, the average fan has very little contact with, or pays little attention to a school's Athletic Director – unless of course they want to post complaints about a coach. But for the media,...

 
 By Dan Stevens    Sports    June 17, 2020

Football Changes Coming

The IHSA has only allowed small groups of athletes to do basic fitness exercises with coaches, so organized football practices are still a long way off. But that doesn't mean there haven't been some m...

 
 By Dan Stevens    News    June 17, 2020

Justice System In Overwhelm

Last Thursday, Preliminary hearings were held regarding criminal charges for Mob Action being leveled upon some of the people arrested the night of May 31st during the Freeport riots. Village Voices...

 
 By Dan Stevens    News    June 17, 2020

Looking For Solutions

Abandoned homes sitting vacant have long been a plague on every community. With the only residents being raccoons and other animals, they present an eyesore to their neighborhood, but are also a major...

 
 By Dan Stevens    News    June 10, 2020

Headlines Hit Home

It was supposed to be something you watched on television; something that happened in the big cities; something that happened ... somewhere else. Instead, what began as a whole lot of nothing,...

 
 By Dan Stevens    Opinion    June 10, 2020

Point To Ponder

I thought I knew what the story was about. When sitting in the midst of the protests taking place in Freeport on Sunday May 30, I won’t lie, I wanted to set off an EMP to blow up every phone being...

 
 By Dan Stevens    News    June 10, 2020

More Stockton Fireworks

Stockton may have cancelled their annual Fourth of July celebration, but that didn’t mean there weren’t some fireworks on display at the most recent School Board Zoom meeting. By now, everyone...

 
 By Dan Stevens    Business    June 10, 2020

Construction Continues Despite Covid Pandemic

While driving throughout there region, we noticed a lot of construction projects taking place, and figured if we were wondering what they were building ... other people might be wondering too. So we...

 
 By Dan Stevens    News    June 3, 2020

Unemployment Benefit Can Burn You

So did you get your $1200 check from the Federal Government? Hopefully, if you did, you realize that it is not “free” money. The $1200 “incentive” checks that many people received is actually...

 
 By Dan Stevens    Opinion    June 3, 2020

Point To Ponder

We got an email from a woman, who made the point that her favorite column of Dan’s was back on 2/13/13 … so … we had to see for ourselves why someone would like it, and … yeah, it wasn’t...

 
 By Dan Stevens    Opinion    May 27, 2020

Point To Ponder

OK, I really didn’t want to get into this subject because there will be some who see it as elitist, or call me a racist, or try to paint me with some other form of “ist” label … but the...

 
 By Dan Stevens    Sports    May 27, 2020

Coaching Carousel Continues

One of the worst kept secrets in the region was confirmed last week as the Stockton School Board voted to hire Matt Leitzen as the new head football coach for the Blackhawks this upcoming season,...

 

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