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With all of the frustrations, the tragedies and the maddening political chaos that have been with us this year, I have the perfect recipe for our Thanksgiving celebrations.

Many of you reading this probably received a fake check delivered to you. You either recognized outright it was a fake, or when you took it to the bank, they refused to take it, or warned you not to take out the proceeds of the deposit until the check cleared (which it didn’t). 

COVID has created unthinkable challenges for our entire world to navigate. Small businesses as a group have been hit especially hard. Our community is filled with a variety of small businesses that need your support! On behalf of the DeWitt Chamber & Development Company, I encourage you …

The coronavirus pandemic has laid much of the American economy on its back — but a bright spot made the disaster less crippling than it might have been. That is the Paycheck Protection Program, which funneled money to workers through small businesses. 

As COVID-19 posed new challenges for rural communities, the LincolnWay Community Foundation helped nonprofits like the DeWitt Referral Center with a $5,000 grant to meet the needs of the people most impacted. Between March and June, a total of 388 emergency food bags were distributed. The we…

“This year, Iowans validated the direction of our state by expanding the majority in the Iowa House and maintaining the strong majority in the state Senate,” Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said Thursday. “… In addition, it was a validation of our balanced response to COVID-19, one that is mindful of…

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It has now been more than two weeks since the American people went to the polls to cast ballots in the General Election, and despite what many conspiracy-minded people believed, the deadly coronavirus pandemic is still with us.

I have struggled with this column — it goes beyond writer’s block. It has more to do with revealing one’s soul, and the introvert that I am wants to keep that behind cover. 

Throughout the summer and fall of 2020, by far and away the most commonly reported scam to me is the Social Security scam phone call. This scam features a call from someone claiming he works for Social Security, and knows about fraud on the recipient’s social security account. The call often…

When the Iowa Legislature wrote the state’s public records law 50 years ago, lawmakers wanted to guarantee that anyone could obtain copies of state and local government records that are not designated by statute to be kept confidential.

Merle Anthony Ocken, known as “Oak” to those who met him, unexpectedly passed away on Aug. 15. He left a legacy of leading by example, giving back, and making a positive impact on people and communities you care about.

My closest friend spent his working life in law enforcement. He handled everything from minor traffic violations to homicides, with assorted robberies, break-ins, vandalism and domestic assaults in between.

This story is like a shiver looking for a spine to go up. Call me alarmist, over wrought, sensational, but don’t call me and say you’ve seen wild, feral hogs run across the road at our farm. By then it’s too late.

In April, the editors of the Oxford English Dictionary did something unusual. For the previous 20 years, they had issued quarterly updates to announce new words and meanings selected for inclusion. These updates have typically been made available in March, June, September and December.

There is one week set aside each year to salute newspapers for the important role they have played in our nation, a role that goes back to the beginning of these United States.

Editor’s note: Occasionally appearing in The Observer will be columns and stories by Central DeWitt Students in language arts teacher Jon Fisher’s publications class. This is the class’ first submission.

Phony calls from the Social Security Administration flooded the country in July and August 2020. They were far and away the leading complaint I received in those months. 

In October 2011, Gov. Terry Branstad led a “Start Somewhere Walk” outside of the Iowa Capitol and invited communities across the state to do the same. It was a call to action for all Iowans to prioritize their health and make physical activity part of their daily routines.

Her name was Matilda. In 1920, at age 22, Matilda was expecting her third child, my mother, and managing both a multi-generation household and the entire production plant of the family’s 120-cow dairy farm. 

The coronavirus has changed the way we work, in many cases forever. The pandemic has also brought into sharp focus the powerless state of workers here in Iowa and the employer-driven policies that intentionally keep it that way.

Area news coverage of the recent passing of Bob Reade recounted his immensely successful football coaching career at Geneseo, Illinois, High School and Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois.

Public health experts have given us a long list of ways we can help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Unfortunately for Iowa’s universities, students, faculty and college towns, finger-pointing has yet to be proven effective at warding off infections.

An ear of sweet corn is everything good about summer here in Iowa. Sure, you can have an ear of sweetcorn out of season from a supermarket in the dead of winter thanks to long-distance food. But it will travel perhaps 1,500 miles to get to your plate.