INDEPENDENCE – Vada R. Packer, 80, of Independence, Iowa, died on Thursday, October 10, 2019, at the Buchanan County Health Center in Independence. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

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An arrest or criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent, unless proven guilty.

JESUP – It was a tough night for the Jesup J-Hawks as they were defeated by Dike-New Hartford 50-16 at home Friday.

Vaping has come of age in the most perfect of social conditions. Smoking cigarettes is falling out of favor socially and even among nicotine users, and is wholly rejected by many young people today. To get their fix they're turning to what is marketed as a cleaner and safer method of ingestion. Enticing flavors, edgy technology and social media are empowering the tobacco industry to ensnare a new generation with nicotine addiction
by way of vaping. And it’s working. In 2016, 43.8% of high schoolers in New York state tried vaping, more than double the total two years prior. This trend has Ontario County officials deeply concerned.

We’ve all experienced sticker shock. It’s one thing to gasp over the cost of a new dishwasher, but sticker shock for those who need to purchase medications for a chronic disease such as diabetes is a serious issue.

Back in mid-April, the 2019 Major League Baseball season commenced. Thirty teams total with 15 each in the National or “senior” League and, of course, 15 in the “junior” or the American League. Each team begins each year with a 162-game season, which means by the time the World Series gets h…

WEST DES MOINES – The Iowa Federation of Republican Women (IowaFRW) held its biennial Convention, “A Salute to the Veteran”– featuring a prodigious lineup of speakers, award presentations to members, recognition of outgoing officers, and installation of new leadership – at the Sheraton in We…