Your Turn/Kate Blair
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Your Turn/Kate Blair

Kate Blair, 60, was born and raised in Quincy but lived away until 2015 when she moved back to be with her mom and family.

Surviving a plumbing disaster
Steve Eighinger

Surviving a plumbing disaster

It's not a secret that I am not the handiest man in the world. When trying to converse with me about something mechanical you might as well be speaking a foreign language.

Facebook's best for February provides the usual amount of hilarity
Steve Eighinger

Facebook's best for February provides the usual amount of hilarity

Here's some sound advice I'm sure many of you have come to realize.

Your Turn/Justin Edgar
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Your Turn/Justin Edgar

Justin Edgar, 36, and his wife Mel live in Liberty with their two sons, Gavin, 10, and Grady, 7. Edgar is the junior high/high school principal at Liberty. For the Edgars, watching their boys play sports is their primary hobby right now.

'Beauty fades, but dumb is forever' ... or so we are told
Steve Eighinger

'Beauty fades, but dumb is forever' ... or so we are told

Normally, our "Morons of the Month" column tends to deal with specific acts of questionable behavior by questionable individuals. This time, however, we're going examine some entertaining thoughts connected with the aforementioned questionable behavior.

After all of these years, 'Seinfeld" remains best show ever
Steve Eighinger

After all of these years, 'Seinfeld" remains best show ever

How can a conversation begin with "The Walking Dead" and wind up with "Seinfeld" as the focal point?


I was recently discussing favorite television program with a friend, and the more we talked, the more evident it became my all-time No. 1 was "Seinfeld," although "The Walking Dead" definitely earns a podium finish along with "American Idol" (the original, not the rebirth). And if "All in the Family" is not on the podium, it deserves a most honorable mention, especially the program's early years.


What was it that made Jerry, Elaine, Kramer and George so special that we -- or at least I -- would build an entire evening of viewing around a half hour of "Seinfeld"?


Was it the writing? Certainly.


Was it the actors who portrayed the principal elements? Most definitely.


Or is it the way the program has stood the test of time? It's just as funny today as it was during its nine-season, 172-episode NBC run that ended in May 1998.

Your Turn/Todd Grotts
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Your Turn/Todd Grotts

Todd Grotts, 50, grew up in Carthage and works for Western Illinois Electrical Coop. Grotts has been happily married for 27 years and has four children — Bryor, 24, Brianna, 21. Brennan, 12, and Bryson, 9. He enjoys bow hunting, golf and anything outdoors.

Valentine's Day can be a slippery slope
Steve Eighinger

Valentine's Day can be a slippery slope

Valentine's Day may trigger the widest range of emotions in human beings. Think about it. The day itself can be as complex as the emotion it supposedly celebrates.

Stevie Love returns in time for Valentine's Day
Steve Eighinger

Stevie Love returns in time for Valentine's Day

As Valentine's Day draws nigh, it's time to welcome back an old friend. On occasion, he's been called the potentate of passion, the ayatollah of affection ... and yes, even the emperor of embrace.

Your Turn/Pam Havermale
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Your Turn/Pam Havermale

Pam Havermale, 55, is married to Paul, has three sons and one grandson. She is a kindergarten teacher at Denman Elementary and has been teaching for 32 years. Havermale was born and raised in Quincy, but spent the first three years of marriage as an Army wife at Fort Campbell, Ky.