Pets have been kept for centuries. Statistics from various sources indicate North Americans own millions of dogs, cats, birds, small mammals, and reptiles.

Advent preschool for children 3-5 years old will be held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in the Center for Ministry, Dec. 10, 11, 13, and 14 from 9-11 a.m. The children will learn the meaning of Advent. They will learn that Jesus comes to be our Shepherd, King, and Savior through worship, musi…

Due to the favorable weather, the Waverly Yard Waste Site will remain open until Saturday, December 1st.  (After this date, it will be closed for the season until Spring of 2019.)  Due to earlier darkness, weekday hours have been adjusted to 7:00 a.m. through 4:30 p.m.  Saturdays continue to…

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On Wednesday, Nov. 14, three Waverly-Shell Rock seniors, Jessica Jacobs, Sam Kepford and Molly McNally, signed national letters of intent to compete in collegiate athletics.

We’ve still got a couple of months left in 2018, but it’s not too soon to start thinking about some year-end investment moves that might benefit you. Here are a few possibilities (although not all will apply to your situation): 

eff Finch, owner-operator of Wes Finch Auto Plaza in Grinnell, recently presented a $1,000 check to the winners of the dealership’s October Facebook contest: Wartburg College Dance Marathon.  Voting took place in October, and the winner was announced on Nov. 1. The organization did a wonderf…

Victor’s Mark Syverud was diagnosed with Parkinson’s 18 years ago but it wasn’t until just recently he realized he was experiencing a new symptom of the progressive neurological disease - his voice was starting to fade.

Mass shootings have been an unfortunately common occurrence in the U.S. for some time now - media outlets report new tragedies on what seems like a weekly basis. But with every new case, many still look to the past for reference, the massacre at Columbine High School being one of the most frequently cited. The insurmountable emotions of these situations can be cause to create more anger, more hatred and more violence; it’s a vicious cycle with seemingly few solutions. But even the people directly affected by these tragedies have the ability to overcome and create an opposite reaction. One spurred on by hope and kindness.

As the wintry atmosphere has settled outside and the heat gets cranked up indoors, the dry air can wreak havoc on the body — particularly your eyes. Your sight is an especially important sense; it’s important during these cold months to keep up on the health of your vision. If you’ve noticed that your eyes seem redder than usual, you have blurred sight or watery eyes, or you have a hard time making tears, the culprit could be something a bit more serious than the dreary outdoors.

When we look around our nation, there is much to lament. There is the terrible fires that have devastated communities and families alike in California. There is the lack of civil discourse in our politics. There is the 17% increase in reported hate crimes in America in 2017. 

We’ve still got a couple of months left in 2018, but it’s not too soon to start thinking about some year-end investment moves that might benefit you. Here are a few possibilities (although not all will apply to your situation):