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Today's News

  • Apple Patch names new interim director

    Apple Patch Community Board of Directors Chairman Steve Moss announced today that Joe Spoelker has been appointed interim Apple Patch Executive Director effective Monday. Steve also announced that Apple Patch will commence an executive search to recruit a permanent Executive Director after the first of the year.

  • Public Records Jan. 1

    La Grange Police Arrests

    Dec. 18 -- Eli M. Beggs, 18, Smithfield, was cited and released for failure to wear seat belts, failure to produce insurance card, failure of owner to maintain required insurance first offense, failure to register the transfer of motor vehicle.

    Dec. 19 -- Tyler G. Wise, 18, La Grange, was arrested for theft by unlawful taking from autos.

  • School board members play crucial role in system

    Our district’s teachers, administrators and staff deserve praise for their constant efforts to ensure the learning of every student in our district. But equally deserving recognition and an expression of gratitude are the locally-elected members of our Board of Education.

  • Pledging resolutions that don’t involve the gym

    New Year’s resolutions are always a tricky subject.

    We all know the normal ones: weight loss, get a better job, try something new, etc. And for most of us, those resolutions are broken usually within six weeks.

    Luckily, I’ve been able to keep my personal resolutions of the last two years (I’m showing off, I get it), and so as editor of your weekly paper, I wanted to make some public resolutions for the Era for 2015.

  • Creating a good community

    We all know the nature of ripples. We throw a stone and it causes ripples. We say something and it causes ripples. We take action and it causes ripples. We belong to a community or an organization or a workplace (small or large) and our behavior there causes ripples. All those ripples affect other people. All those other people are throwing their stones as well, and their ripples are affecting us.

  • Fighting back the noogies of time

    Another year is coming to a close. It happens so quickly anymore. Year after year passes like an older brother who can’t walk by without frogging your thigh or putting you in a headlock. Time itself isn’t painful, but the swiftness with which it passes leaves me feeling like I just encountered a vicious older sibling. And I’m left wondering, “What did I do to deserve that?”

  • Reasons not to attend a church

    A man called his parents to wish them a happy New Year and his dad answered the phone. He said, “Hi Dad, what’s your New Year’s resolution?” His Dad answered proudly, “To make your mother as happy as I can all year.” When Mom got on the phone he asked her the same question and she answered, “To see that your dad keeps his New Year’s resolution.”

  • South Rotary gives annual donation to schools
  • OC helps police cram crusiers
  • Twain to join Living Treasures reception

    Through his characters and stories, Mark Twain single-handedly put American literature on the map. Twain, born as Samuel Langhorne Clemens in 1835 in Florida, Missouri, is best known for two of his classic literary works: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. He was a powerful observer of human nature and great humorist, which showed in his writings. Twain was lauded as the “greatest American humorist of his age,” and called “the father of American literature” by William Faulkner.