×

Local Columns

“Deja Vu All Over Again”

Everyone knows this quote from the legendary Yogi Berra. He also said when ordering a pizza, “You better cut it into four pieces. I don’t think I’m hungry enough to eat six.” Here are some more quotes from famous people: “The secret to staying young is by living honestly, ...

Back to school quiz time

I know school in some shape and form has been going on for a little while now, but this has given everyone some time to prepare for the first "quiz" of the Fall Quarter. Remember those "pop-quizzes" we used to get back in the stone age? Well, we have brought them back to life again. ...

Community outlook: Shannon Zoffka

2020 has been a year like no other for all of us. Tama County has been faced with a virus that has touched the lives of many and a derecho that damaged so many of our homes and towns. With World Mental Health Day on October 10, it is only right to ask, how often do we take time to care for ...

That first presidential debate

I’m writing this column one day before the debate and you’re reading it several days after the debate. So, how did each one do? I surmise that President Trump was in “attack mode” and perhaps even some personal attacks, probably even bringing up Joe’s son, Hunter every now and then. ...

Q & A with Doug Ray

What things did you see in Tama within the last month that inspired you about how Tama citizens responded to the derecho? What I saw was people helping people. Friends and neighbors were jumping in and working on getting their yards and the city back up and going. All the city’s employees ...

Community outlook: Sup. Jared Smith

Life is full of second chances. Whether it be re-taking a driver's license test, running another 5K race, or repairing a relationship, life has a way of providing opportunities for improvement. When given extra chances, it is imperative we make adjustments. By examining our failures and ...

Take a Mulligan

Do you remember the newspaper insert "Believe it of Not" of years ago? How about when Paul Harvey would tell you "The rest of the story?" Ever wonder what a mouse goes through when he's put in a maze and looks for that coveted "piece of cheese?" Here is my story.... I'm not going to get ...

Questions, Questions, Questions????

I've openly said and admitted several times here that my parents had four children and that I certainly wasn't the brightest light-bulb in the package. In fact, my dad often said, "Johnny, you're a 40 watt bulb in a 100 watt package. Just shine the brightest you can." With that in mind, I ...

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY–“OH, NO!”

My wife and I celebrated 46 years of marriage last week and went to see my daughter and her family in Texas, who were celebrating their 5th wedding anniversary. I had a great time reconnecting with my 1 ½ year-old granddaughter. Finally, she had begun warming up to me, while having a great ...

You Know You Grew Up In Chelsea if….

-You know how to Polka and do the Chicken Dance. -The name of your bank includes your town name. -You know what “cow-tipping” is. -You’ve had to stop your car and wait while 8 deer cross the road and clear the fence on the other side. -Little smokies in barbecue sauce are ...