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It’s been a special couple weeks for our area volleyball and football teams. As we shift from the fall to winter sports seasons, if you haven’t seen the Durant and Wilton volleyball … more
It’s been another somber week here at the Advocate News, as we learned of the passing of Greg White Oct. 3. White was a longtime coach in the Durant area, most recently known and remembered as … more
Iowa and the entire country have seen a big jump in drug overdose deaths in recent years.Just between July 1 and mid September of this year, Iowa hospitals reported more than 250 suspected opioid … more
We come to you this week with heavy hearts after learning of the passing of Ed Williams, the longtime principal of Wilton High School. Sadly, Williams was long since retired when I made my way … more
We come to you this week with a few notes on area homecoming celebrations. Both schools have homecoming fever as Wilton’s homecoming week just passed and Durant’s is happening now.We … more
My wife has a smartphone, but I have resisted getting one for myself. I still have my trusty flip phone. Purchased in the early 2000s and old enough now to grow whiskers, it still does what I want … more
Tragedies have become all too common when Iowans can’t get the mental health care they need. Unfortunately, Iowa has a severe shortage of mental health treatment professionals — especially in … more
As our new superintendent likes to say, and he is right, we all care about Durant and want to take care of it. We may have differing opinions but we all care. With that the people of the district … more
As I touched on last week, we come to you this week in a sticky spot with regard to how the calendar falls. As I write this, the Durant bond referendum vote is about to begin. By the time you … more
In 2009, the Iowa Legislature approved a Pay Equity Act, outlawing wage discrimination. That means that is illegal for an employer to pay some workers less than others for jobs requiring equal … more
I come to you this week with a couple thoughts I’ll address rather than staying on one topic. This is the final issue of the Advocate News prior to the Sept. 11 Durant school bond referendum … more
I spent Aug. 15-18 on the road, traveling to Mason, Ohio (a suburb of Cincinnati) for the annual Western & Southern Open tennis tournament. I’ve been attending and covering this event for around … more
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