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SPRINGFIELD – Over the last 30 years, I’ve met plenty of characters in newsrooms, but by far my favorite was a reporter by the name of Joel Kirkpatrick.

If you are not careful you will overpower the very ones you are trying to influence for the kingdom of God. Less words and more action sometimes is what is needed in showing the power of God that guides your life.

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DEWEY — Thank goodness things are somewhat calm at Society for Hooved Animals Rescue and Emergency. At least as calm as it can be taking care of 45 horses.

We have not all experienced the same things in life and must be willing to let others tell their story as well. One-sided influences corrupt.

Linda Ashby, 58, of Rantoul died Thursday, March 28, 2019, at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.

We can all make a difference in the world we live in, and we must choose to do our best. I am one, but there are so many others in my life who inspire me to be the best Christian I can be.

I believe hope to be one of the greatest assets on earth. Hope tells a narrative where the past meets up with the future somewhere in the land of “Dreams do come true” and “All things are possible to him that believes” (Jesus Christ).

If you want to leave a lasting reminder of yourself decades after you’ve died, paint a picture. It doesn’t have to be a good picture, but it helps if it’s framed.

Larson seeks vote for RTHS board of educationTo the editor:I am Jeremy Larson, and I want to represent you as a member of the board of education for Rantoul Township High School.

The prestigious Moondance International Film Festival has named local author Kenny Chumbley’s script, "The Goblins and the Gravedigger," a 2019 winner in the written works category.Chumbley’s work is a retelling of a forgotten Dickens story ("The Story of the Goblins Who Stole a Sexton") tha…

By KENNY CHUMBLEYRantoul Press columnistIt’s easily the most horrific tale of child abuse I’ve read.Ruth was part of a large family raised on a dairy farm in a strict religious community in Pennsylvania; big house, big oaks, fields of corn and hay — an idyllic setting where things like what …

Mailing that attacked pair was offensiveTo the editor:The recent mailing from the Concerned Parents and Taxpayers of Rantoul City Schools was not only tactless, but also offensive.

By DEBRA RAWLINGSFor Rantoul Press"Old enough to fight, old enough to vote."The idea that 18-year-old boys who were old enough to be drafted should be old enough to vote for the people who sent them to war first surfaced during World War II.

By PAULINE POREMBARantoul Press columnistI thank all the people who took the time to wish me a happy 77th birthday. Bless all of you, and thank you.Now I am not sure if the group that sent the cute post cards out that said you vote for whomever, you want, just don’t vote for the  two that th…

The Bradley Braves will be doing something the team hasn’t done in about 13 years, going to the NCAA Tournament. The team had to win the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament on Sunday to get in the tournament. That’s quite an accomplishment, especially considering how small of a school Brad…

By HEIDE FOGALRantoul Press columnistDEWEY — Thank goodness March has arrived. After weeks of cold, wind, snow and rain we can hope that spring is almost upon us.

By LEATRICE PACERantoul Press columnistIt is time to tell the truth. Truth still is the No. 1 reason to do the right thing, say the right thing and behave in a manner worthy of being trusted.In life we all fall short of the glory of God, but that does not mean you have to continue in shortco…

By IAN WANGRantoul Press columnistCurrently I am halfway through teaching an OLLI class on the Art of Collecting Art. I have to say one of the most rewarding parts of collecting art is the opportunity to learn from the art collected.

By AUSTIN BERGFor Rantoul PressGov. J.B. Pritzker took his first steps toward axing Illinois’ flat income tax protection this week. His administration began building a roll call on what will be one of the toughest Statehouse votes in years, with the House of Representatives as the battleground.

By DAVID PORTERRantoul Press columnistBad news for kids these days. The tooth fairy has reduced her rates by 14 percent from last year.I don’t know how these numbers are tracked, but a group called Delta Dental apparently polls its young patients, or perhaps they have a direct line for the t…

Negative campaign mailing was tactless; courtesy encouragedTo the editor:Many residents of Rantoul recently received a notice upon the current state of educational affairs grades K through 8.Voters in the Rantoul school district do not need to be advised as to how they should elect their new…

Letter writers who wish to submit an epistle regarding a candidate or issue for the April 2 election may do so right up until March 27, the final edition of the Press before the election.

By DAVID PORTERRantoul Press columnistI called my 4-year-old grandson on the phone. Here’s the brief conversation:"Hi, Ben.""Hi, Grandpa. Where’s Grandma?""She’s right here. Do you want to talk to her?""Yes."

Elect Johnson to Rantoul Village BoardTo the editor:I am writing in support of Sherry Johnson for village trustee.I have known Sherry and her husband, Jim, for many years as neighbors and friends. Sherry is an honest, respectful person, is kind and compassionate and has integrity.

By SCOTT REEDERRantoul Press columnistSPRINGFIELD – Political courage is a rare commodity in Springfield. And new ideas are rarer still.When politicians face challenges, they usually dig out the same tired political play books and take the path of least resistance. In regard to funding state…

By KENNY CHUMBLEYRantoul Press columnistIn Marc Connelly’s wonderful 1930 play, "The Green Pastures" (wherein heaven is viewed through the eyes of African-Americans in the Deep South), there’s a scene involving Pharaoh and his head magician.

By SHERRIE FAULKNERRantou Press columnistMy mother is 83 years old and lives by herself. I am constantly worrying that she is going to hurt herself or go without something she needs because of her limited mobility. I really want her to go to a nursing home, but she refuses. What can I do?

By LEATRICE PACERantoul Press columnistIt is important to let your light shine in this dark world. It is really hard to let it shine brightly.So many circumstances invade your life and cause your light to dim. But be of good cheer. The Lord has overcome the world already.

To the editor:After reading "Ask Sherrie" in The Rantoul Press on Feb. 13, 2019, I had to respond.(Someone wrote for advice):"I am writing today because we just found out that my father is terminally ill with cancer. My son who is 6 is very close to him,  and I just don’t know what to say to…

By CARISSA NELSONRantoul Press columnistCooking when your main audience is children is high highs and low lows. It’s like sometimes they’re scraping the plate, and sometimes they’re rejecting your dinner for literally no reason.

I’m still settling in here as the sports editor at the Rantoul Press as I enter my third week. I feel like I am still catching up and trying to figure things out. I hate disappointing people, whether it be my bosses or the people who read the newspaper. So bear with me where I am going with this.

By HEIDE FOGALRantoul Press columnistDEWEY — Society for Hooved Animal Rescue and Emergency managed to survive the polar vortex, but not without some expected issues.The horses are all in their stalls with extra hay, heated water buckets, and the older inhabitants had on cozy blankets. Thing…

To the editor:I write in support of my friend and neighbor, Sherry Johnson, for village trustee.Sherry and her husband, Jim, are lifelong residents of the community, who hold values that promote the well being of all. Having run a local business with Jim, Sherry knows the economic climate ne…

By SCOTT REEDERRantoul Press columnistSPRINGFIELD — Last Tuesday was my birthday, and it was also Abraham Lincoln’s.If you grow up in Illinois, sharing a birthday with our state’s martyred saint, expect to be thoroughly indoctrinated in Lincoln lore.

By LEATRICE PACERantoul Press columnistIt all began years ago, but the preparation time has been extensive. I am not sure why it has taken so long, but God knows for sure. His timing is never too early or to late.

By SCOTT REEDERRantoul Press columnistSPRINGFIELD — I walked into a Springfield McDonald’s the other day and saw a long line standing in front of the teen-age clerk taking orders, so I ordered my breakfast on a touchscreen.Customers rather than employees can peck away at screens and send the…